2018 ACC Men’s Champs: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 33

February 21st, 2018 ACC, College, Previews & Recaps


  • When: Wednesday, February 21st to Saturday, February 24th | Prelims 10:00am | Finals 6:00pm
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: NC State Wolfpack (results) fix
  • Psych Sheet: here
  • Live Results: here
  • Streaming: WatchESPN (subscription required)
  • Championship Central: here

The first day of the 2017 ACC men’s swimming and diving championships will kick off with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay tonight.  NC State is the defending champion and top seed in both events, and on paper, should win both relays easily tonight.

NC State and Louisville are the only two teams with NCAA cuts in either of tonight’s relays, with NC State having achieved qualifying/A cuts in both and Louisville having provisional/B cuts.

200 Medley Relay

Conference Record: NC State, 1:23.16, 2017
Meet Record: NC State, 1:23.16, 2017
Defending Champion: NC State, 1:23.16

  1. Louisville, 1:23.41
  2. NC State, 1:23.93
  3. Virginia, 1:24.69

Well, we got our first upset of the meet.  NC State’s Coleman Stewart led off with a 20.65, but Louisville’s Nicholas Albiero kept it close with a 20.95.  Carlos Claverie then outsplit Jacob Molacek 23.55 to 23.83, to move the Cardinals within 0.02s at the halfway point.

Things stayed incredibly tight through the butterfly leg, with Giovanni Izzo just a hair faster than Zach Harting (20.36 to 20.37) to give NC State a .03s lead as the anchor legs dove in.

However, NC State elected to leave Ryan Held and an almost guaranteed 18-low off of this relay, choosing instead to go with Cobe Garcia.  Louisville took advantage of NC State’s strategy, as their anchor Andrej Barna closed with a 18.54 against Garcia’s 19.09 to give Louisville the title.

Louisville was playing with fire the whole way, as the reaction times on the three relay starts added up to a total of just 0.17s, including a “perfect” 0.0 reaction time by Harting.  By way of comparision, each of NC State’s reaction times ranged between 0.29s and 0.38s.

At the moment, Louisville’s time is the 3rd-fastest in the nation this year, behind only Florida and Tennessee, and just 0.03s ahead of California, although that could change shortly, with both the B1G and Big 12 Conferences swimming the event tonight.

UVA finished 3rd in 1:24.69, good for a NCAA qualifying cut, thanks largely to Keefer Barnum’s 23.65 breaststroke split.  Florida State and Notre Dame both picked up NCAA provisional cuts.  The Seminoles were anchored by Chad Mylin, whose 18.39 split was the fastest in the field.  Notre Dame was buoyed by Justin Plaschka‘s 20.21 fly leg, also the fastest in the field.

800 Free Relay

Conference Record: NC State, 6:06.53, 2017
Meet Record: NC State, 6:09.82, 2017
Defending Champion: NC State, 6:09.82

  1. NC State, 6:12.92
  2. Louisville, 6:16.88
  3. Virginia, 6:19.80

Much less drama in this relay, as NC State took the lead halfway through the leadoff leg and never relinquished it.  Andreas Vazaios led off in 1:33.70, followed by Ryan Held (1:33.11), Anton Ipsen (1:34.08), and Justin Ress (1:32.03).  All except for Ipsen were part of the relay that set the US Open record in this event at last year’s NCAA championships.  Their time tonight currently second in the NCAA this season, behind only Florida (6:12.06).

Louisville finished comfortably in 2nd place, highlighted by Harting’s 1:32.33 split, the 2nd-fastest in the field tonight behind only Ress.  Virginia also finished under the NCAA ‘A’ standard, thanks largely to freshman Cooper Wozencraft‘s 1:33.61 anchor leg.

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3 years ago

I know it’s only a single swim, but UVA again outperforming expectations. Team record was 1:25.9 — just went 1:24.6 with a 23.6 breast leg from Keefer Barnum.

NCSU alumni and fan
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

I agree and disagree at the same time. Of course they will outperform last year. But expectations SHOULD be high with Todd DeSorbo running the show. UVA fans are in for a treat. They have a legitimate coach now.

Joel Lin
Reply to  NCSU alumni and fan
3 years ago

NCS is a legit NCAA power now…UVa — just wow, DeSorbo has made an immediate & fabulous impact. What a potential they have to join NCS in the NCAA elite category soon.

3 years ago

Totally impressed with UVA splits

Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

FAST backstroke splits across the board! Coleman Stewart seems like he’ll have a good meet, 20.65?! WOW

Reply to  Distance Swimmer
3 years ago

According to SwimSwam’s database that puts him as the 4th fastest 50 backstroker ever.

1. Ryan Murphy 20.20
2. Junya Koga 20.35
3. Connor Oslin 20.39
4. Coleman Stewart 20.65
5. Nick Thoman 20.69

Reply to  N P
3 years ago

R these guys 50 Back faster than their 50 Free?

Tea rex
Reply to  N P
3 years ago

Subirats 20.50 (unofficial)

Reply to  Tea rex
3 years ago

coco aided or no?