2017 Men’s ACC Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

2017 MEN’S ACC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Swimmers are gearing up for the final session of the 2017 Men’s ACC Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. The final session brings competition in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. As far as the team battle goes, NC State has a 100-point lead over rival Louisville, but there should be a tight race for the 3rd-5th place spots behind them.

Tonight’s action will feature a battle between ACC Record holder Hennessey Stuart and Championship Record holder Grigory Tarasevich in the 200 back, but Robert Owen may also challenge for the title in that event. Championship Record holders Ryan Held (100 free) and Brandon Fiala (200 breast) will each swim one of their signature events. In the 200 fly, Andreas Vazaios will look for his 2nd gold of the meet. Teammate Anton Ipsen will look for a sweep of the distance races in the 1650 free.

MEN’S 1650 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 14:44.43
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 15:30.39
  • Conference Record – Matt McLean, 2009 – 14:35.12
  • Championship Record – Matt McLean, 2009 – 14:35.12
  1. Marcelo Acosta, Louisville, 14:33.68
  2. Anton Ipsen, NC State, 14:35.89
  3. Adam Linker, NC State, 14:45.43

Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta and NC State’s Anton Ipsen were neck-and-neck through most of the 1650 free. Both men flipped at 12:24.57 with 200 yards to go, but it was Acosta who had more gas left in the tank, turning it on to break ahead and win gold in a new ACC Record time of 14:33.68. That took down the previous record of 14:35.12 done by Matt McLean in 2009.

Just off the former record was Ipsen, who wound up 2nd, while teammate Adam Linker earned the bronze. UNC’s Henry Campbell also clocked in below the 15:00-mark, touching in 14:54.16 for 4th place.

MEN’S 200 BACK

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 1:39.87
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut –1:46.39
  • Conference Record – Hennessey Stuart, 2016 – 1:38.56
  • Championship Record – Grigory Tarasevich, 2016 – 1:39.28
  1. Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville, 1:39.05
  2. Hennessey Stuart, NC State, 1:39.47
  3. Justin Ress, NC State, 1:40.42

NC State’s Hennessey Stuart led through the first 150 of the race, but Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich blasted a 25.24 on the final 50 to overtake Stuart for the win. The Wolfpack’s Justin Ress and Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen battled for the bronze behind them, with Ress outsplitting Owen by 7 tenths on the last 50 to grab the podium spot. Owen wound up 4th in 1:40.88.

MEN’S 100 FREE

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 42.25
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 44.29
  • Conference Record – Simonas Bilis, 2016 – 41.18
  • Championship Record – Ryan Held, 2016 – 41.69
  1. Ryan Held, NC State, 41.61
  2. (T-2) Tabahn Afrik, Notre Dame, 42.86
  3. (T-2) John Whiteside, Virginia, 42.86

NC State’s Ryan Held rocked a new Meet Record, winning by over a second with his 41.81. Notre Dame’s Tabahn Afrik was out slightly faster than Virginia’s John Whiteside, but Whiteside was able to cath him on the way home as the 2 swimmers tied for silver. Also finishing in the 42-range were NC State’s Soeren Dahl (42.89) and Joe Bonk (42.96).

Notably, Notre Dame’s Justin Plaschka had the 2nd fastest swim of the night from the B-final, winning the consolation heat in 42.78. Louisville’s Trevor Carroll finished 10th in 42.87, which is just a hundredth shy of what it took to make the podium.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 1:52.99
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 1:59.79
  • Conference Record – Thomas Dahlia, 2015 – 1:52.68
  • Championship Record – Brandon Fiala, 2016 – 1:52.87
  1. Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech, 1:52.39
  2. Moises Loschi, Georgia tech, 1:53.08
  3. Carlos Claverie, Louisville, 1:53.19

Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala split a 53.30 to Louisville’s Carlos Claverie‘s 53.38 at the 100 mark, but Fiala started to pull ahead on the back half, winning in a new ACC Record of 1:52.39. Georgia Tech’s Moises Loschi was able to run down Claverie atthe finish, picking up silver while Claverie held on for bronze ahead of Notre Dame’s Trent Jackson (1:53.52).

MEN’S 200 FLY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 1:41.86
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 1:47.99
  • Conference Record – Christian McCurdy, 2016 – 1:41.06
  • Championship Record – Christian McCurdy, 2016 – 1:41.42
  1. Andreas Vazaios, NC State, 1:41.42
  2. Zach Harting, Louisville, 1:41.95
  3. Benjamin Southern, Georgia Tech, 1:43.01

NC State’s Andreas Vazaios and Louisville’s Zach Harting battled down to the last 50 of the 200 fly. Vazaios surged ahead, outplitting Harting 26.12 to 26.81 on the final 50 to win it. Georgia Tech’s Benjamin Southern brought home another medal for the Yellow Jackets, finishing 3rd ahead of Virginia freshman Fred Schubert (1:43.45). Rounding out the top 5 was Louisville’s Josh Quallen (1:44.13).

MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY

  • NCAA ‘A’ cut – 2:52.45
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut – 2:48.52
  • Conference Record – NC State, 2016 – 2:46.81
  • Championship Record – NC State, 2016 – 2:48.52
  1. NC State- 2:48.14
  2. Louisville- 2:50.55
  3. Notre Dame- 2:51.56

The Wolfpack led from start to finish, with Justin Ress leading them off in a quick 42.12. Ryan Held blazed to a 40.71 on the 2nd leg, while Andreas Schiellerup (42.42) and Soeren Dahl (42.89) brought it home for a new Championship Record.

Louisville earned the silver, highlighted by a 42.29 split by Trevor Carroll on thhe 2nd leg. Tabahn Afrik (42.52) and Daniel Speers (42.54) put up a pair of 42-mids on the 2nd and 4th legs respectively to help Notre Dame earn the bronze.

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. North Carolina State Universit 1297.5   2. Louisville, University of        1134
  3. Notre Dame, University of       923.5   4. VA Tech                         883.5
  5. Florida State University          730   6. Virginia, University of         709.5
  7. North Carolina, University of,    700   8. Duke University                   607
  9. Georgia Institute of Technolog    576  10. Pittsburgh, University of         513
 11. Boston College                    167  12. University of Miami (Florida)     108

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Swim
4 years ago

Anyone else’s espn3 saying the event is blacked out in your area?

Don
4 years ago

Who says the 1650 cant be a great race?

Kreme of the Kropp
4 years ago

HERE WE GO!! Kropp has got to be out for revenge tonight after taking second to Fiala last night…will he be able to pull it off?

PVK
Reply to  Kreme of the Kropp
4 years ago

Nope

Will
4 years ago

Acosta in the 1650, wow. I wasn’t expecting anyone to beat Ipsen.

No Medal Mel
4 years ago

No one likes NC State, but I think we were all disappointed when known drug cheat Tarasevich beat Stuart, Ress, and Owen. Crazy to think that he’s still allowed to swim with guys who work hard and stay clean.

Swimmer
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

Everyone loves NC State.!!

ct swim fan
Reply to  Swimmer
4 years ago

Ryan Held just split 40.71 in the 400 FSR.

ct swim fan
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

Why would you say something like that? I think the old guard just doesn’t like the challenge that NC State is providing.

Uberfan
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

You must be new here

DaFloatinStone
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

You’re just being facetious… State’s just 3-peated!!

E Gamble
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

This was a SwimSwam story. This man was cleared because of the extremely low levels of meldonium present in his system. It was less than 1 mcg in his system when he was tested. He was not using this drug after the ban. He was then cleared.

Not a big fan of CHEATERS!!!
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

I am a bit confused on why Tarasevich, an elite endurance-athlete in his early twenties, was taking Meldonium. Was Tarasevich cleared for completion by his US Board Certified cardiologist, and no longer required to take mildronate to treat his chest pains caused by his hearts arteries being narrowed or blocked? Or did WADA and the NCAA clear Tarasevich because this performance enhancing drug successfully increased his body’s oxygen-carrying capacity and endurance?

Why would any reasonable and fair-minded person excuse Tarasevich’s OBVIOUS INTENTIONS and give a GREEN THUMBS UP to HIS shameful behavior?

Not a big fan of CHEATERS!!!
Reply to  No Medal Mel
4 years ago

I am a bit confused on why Tarasevich, an elite endurance-athlete in his early twenties, was taking Meldonium. Was Tarasevich cleared for completion by his US Board Certified cardiologist and no longer required to take mildronate to treat chest pains caused by his hearts arteries being narrowed or blocked? Or did WADA and the NCAA clear Tarasevich because this performance enhancing drug successfully increased his body’s oxygen-carrying capacity and endurance?

If I took out the NC State hate intro in the above comment, will you now give me a GREEN THUMBS UP, condemning Tarasevich and the folks who are allowing him to currently compete?

He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

Rodrigo Correia swam the 100 free three times today, and he went 43.23 each time. Now that’s consistency!

Swim4fun
Reply to  He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

And the reaction times: 0.61, 0.60, 0.60. Insane!

Porkchop2244
4 years ago

Great Swimming.
Compare the times. ACC is as deep a conference as any now
State and Louisville fantastic
VT well above expectations
Litzinger at a Notre Dame really really deserved a mention for what he has done and continues to do there

I will continue to keep saying it: get Yuri to UNC and you’ll have the best conference in the country

Porkchop2244
Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

I would hope UNC or UVA would look strongly at him as any program should. Man wouldn’t that be crazy move to either of those programs

Swimmer1029
Reply to  Porkchop2244
4 years ago

See, THIS is a much more respectful way of talking about staff change. Agree completely there needs to be more energy and new ideas coming through the program of UNC

Captain Ahab
4 years ago

Sad days for UVA men’s swimming. It is my hope that UVA athletic director Craig Littlepage takes a real close look at the men’s swimming program before doing his evaluation. UVA men’s swimming team use to pride themselves on having sub 15 minute milers.

UVA swim fan
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

The distance group might have struggled a bit this meet, but that should not take away from they work they put in and the coaching of Cory Chitwood. Expect them to come out swinging next year

Aquaman
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

Well they likely would have had 1 tonight if their leading miler hadn’t spiked a fever an hour before the race and required 2 liters of IV fluid afterwards.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

To be fair, UVA has shown “proof of life” in the men’s program this year. They have some young guys who really improved this year. Whiteside was 45.0 & 1:39 as a HS senior last year, 42.8 and 1:32 relay split this year. Clark had a great meet & there were others. You noted UVA’s AD Craig Littlepage. It’s been reported as a given he will be retiring after this calendar year. I’d guess it is unlikely he’d take a long game evaluation look at a program now unless there was a screaming hot reason to do so. Without doubt the UVA men’s program isn’t where it needs to be, but this year did show a positive trajectory. It will… Read more »

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