2017 Men’s ACC Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


The 2017 Men’s ACC Championships continue tonight with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free relay. After night 1, Virginia Tech maintains the lead they established during the diving portion of the meet. NC State and Louisville now sit in 7th and 8th, respectively, and will look to make big moves in the rankings after tonight’s events.

The 500 free will feature a battle between 2 Olympic distance swimmers, Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta and NC State’s Anton Ipsen, who will be chasing Matt McLean‘s Meet Record from 2009. In the 200 IM, the Wolfpack’s Andreas Vazaois will take another shot at Pavel Snokvich’s ACC Record, which he missed by just 2 hundredths in prelims. NC State sprint stud Ryan Held, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, will be chasing former teammate Simonas Bilis‘ Conference Record in the 50 free.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 4:13.22
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 4:24.99
  • Conference Record – Matt McLean (2009)- 4:10.00
  • Championship Record – Matt McLean (2009)- 4:10.00
  1. Anton Ipsen, NC State, 4:11.92
  2. Henry Campbell, UNC, 4:12.11
  3. Adam Linker, NC State, 4:13.93

NC State’s Anton Ipsen and UNC’s Henry Campbell were stroke-for-stroke the entire race. It came down to the final 50, with both men splitting the exact same time (24.57) across the final 2 laps. Ipsen had the slight edge, pulling off the ACC title 3-peat. Campbell picked up silver just a couple of tenths back. The Wolfpack’s Adam Linker rounded out the podium, coming within tenths of the NCAA ‘A’ cut.

Just off the podium was UNC’s Jorden Merrilees in 4:16.15. Louisville’s Zach Harting (4:16.67) and Marcelo Acosta (4:16.68) were separated by just a hundredth for 5th and 6th respectively.

MEN’S 200 IM:

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 1:42.
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 1:49.09
  • Conference Record – Pavel Sankovich (2014)- 1:41.92
  • Championship Record – Pavel Sankovich (2014)- 1:41.92
  1. Andreas Vazaios, NC State, 1:41.25
  2. Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech, 1:42.09
  3. Soeren Dahl, NC State, 1:42.26

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios blasted a 1:41.25 to take down the ACC Record and become the fastest man in the nation this year. Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala threw down a 28.97 breaststroke split en route to silver, holding off NC State’s bronze medalist Soeren Dahl.

NC State’s Justin Ress was one place shy of the podium in 1:43.44, followed by UNC’s Michael Meyer (1:44.00) and Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen (1:44.63).


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 19.09
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 20.19
  • Conference Record – Simonas Bilis (2016)- 18.76
  • Championship Record – Ryan Held (2016)- 18.92
  1. Ryan Held, NC State, 18.68
  2. Justin Plaschka, Notre Dame, 19.38
  3. Chad Mylin, FSU, 19.39

NC State’s Ryan Held threw down a new ACC Record with his 18.68 victory, taking down the former record of 18.76 done by teammate Simonas Bilis at last season’s conference meet. Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka had a big swim, just touching out Florida State’s Chad Mylin for the silver.

Just hundredths shy of the podium were Louisville’s Trevor Carroll (19.40), FSU’s Jason McCormick (19.41), Notre Dame’s Daniel Speers (19.43), and NC State’s Andreas Schiellerup (19.45).


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 1:17.77
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 1:18.46
  • Conference Record – NC State (2016)- 1:15.09
  • Championship Record – NC State (2015)- 1:15.62
  1. NC State- 1:16.27
  2. Florida State- 1:16.84
  3. Notre Dame- 1:17.37

NC State’s Ryan Held got the team an early lead with his 18.90, but Florida State’s Chad Mylin started to chase them down with an 18.66 on the 2nd leg. The Wolfpack’s Andreas Schiellerup anchored in 19.17 to secure the victory over the Noles, who took 2nd. Notre Dame’s Daniel Speers came in clutch with an 18.86 on the 2nd leg to help his team earn bronze.


  1. North Carolina State Universit    494   2. VA Tech                           463
  3. Louisville, University of       419.5   4. Florida State University          403
  5. Notre Dame, University of       388.5   6. North Carolina, University of,    319
  7. Virginia, University of           276   8. Duke University                   257
  9. Pittsburgh, University of         251  10. Georgia Institute of Technolog    223
 11. University of Miami (Florida)     108  12. Boston College                     98

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3 years ago

What is it going to take to make it to NCAAs in the 500 this year? Under 4:17?

Reply to  PKWater
3 years ago

Way faster than that. 4:15.00 is the 30th-ranked time right now with ACC finals and Pac 12s left to go. About 30 per event typically go under the new system. Should fall around a 4:14 low.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Thats pretty nutty, the 500 has gotten so fast. When I see a 4:14 now I think eh that’s pretty good. At the 2015 NCAAs Campbell from UNC went 4:16.27 and made it back for the B final. That wont even make the cut this year.

Reply to  PKWater
3 years ago

I remember in high school the first time we went to a meet at the Texas Swim Center we all saw a 4:15 or a 4:16 on the record board and sat and did the math on what that meant for an average split and had trouble wrapping our heads around it.

And this was at a HS that won the Texas big school state championship twice in my 4 years there.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Katie Ledecky has got these boys scared this year

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

what rankings list did you use that says 4:15.00 is the 30th ranked time right now? According to the NCAA rankings on USA Swimming, which includes times from prelims at ACCs, the 30th-ranked 500 free is 4:17.0, not 4:15.00.

Reply to  ZOU
3 years ago

This is actually super bizarre. I currently have two rankings open from the USA Swimming rankings that have different outcomes. I haven’t refreshed the one I had open when I posted that comment, and it clearly shows 4:15.00. I just ran another report of the same parameters, and see 4:17.0.

Here’s the screenshot. Trying to figure out what changed now. http://imgur.com/a/68lLg

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I think I might have had “all swims by swimmer” selected. Looks like 4:17.0 is 30th now, you’re correct.

Just Saying
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

This is completely incorrect. 30th is in the 4:17-low range right now.

3 years ago

Thought Ipsin would run away with the 500 but it turned out to be a great race. It’s in the mid distance races that you really see how Virginia has fallen off.

Reply to  Don
3 years ago

True, it is interesting to see that Magnan, who had a best time of 4:23.9 in high school, is now at a 4:17 low. It seems to be working for some just not all. I wonder if it has something to do with the mens team as a whole buying into the program.

E Gamble
Reply to  Don
3 years ago

I agree. And Stanford’s three musketeers have yet to swim their 500 frees at Pac-12s. This is an incredible year for the 500 free. ?

He Who Remains Unknown
Reply to  Don
3 years ago

UVA Men are no where to be found, buried deep in the lower half of the conference. Truly a pity.

Reply to  He Who Remains Unknown
3 years ago

UVA should finish top five by the end of the meet. Their relays are stronger as the meet progresses and with the exception of the breaststroke events, they look pretty good. They will overtake VA Tech who scores a lot of diving points and then either Notre Dame or North Carolina. Last year they finished 7th. In 2015 they finished 8th. So they are improving but still a long ways from when they dominated.

Reply to  SwimFastLiveSlow
3 years ago

I don’t think they will overtake Tech. Unless they DQ a relay or something unexpected happens.

Joel Lin
3 years ago

The ACC is a crazy deep conference. 1:45 2IM in the C heat!

Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

This is what makes the conferences and the NCAAs so fun, and it is also why these athletes are so inspiring. They are re-drawing the line every new season and re-defining great swimming at almost every meet. Blows my mind.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Swimming has gotten so fast. I sure am glad I retired a few years ago!

Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Was thinking same thing when I was following the women’s meet. ACC is very deep now. With NC State’s rise and the addition L’ville it seems like other teams in the league have answered the call. I think both NCAA meets are going to be special this year.

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