2018 ACC Men’s Champs: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 44

February 23rd, 2018 ACC, College, News, 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

Day 3 of the 2018 ACC Men’s Championship will feature five individual races.  After two days of competition, NC State is in the lead, and they are the presumptive favorites to win the meet.  How exactly that they do that is a little unclear, as several of their top swimmers are entered in multiple events today.

Louisville will be shooting for 2nd place, which means they’ll need swimmers seeded in the top eight in the 400 IM and 200 free to hold seeds, and some of the guys who are seeded just a bit down to jump into an A-final.

This morning will also go a long way in determining if Virginia, which has been looking revitalized under new head Coach Todd DeSorbo, will be able to claw its way up into a top three finish, or if Florida State or Notre Dame will be able to hold them off.

100 Fly

NCAA A Cut: 45.49
NCAA B Cut: 48.29
2017 Invite Time: 46.10
Conference Record: Ryan Held, NC State, 44.79 (2017)
Meet Record: Ryan Held, NC State, 44.79 (2017)
Defending Champion:Ryan Held, NC State

Top 8 Finishers

  1. Ryan Held, NC State, 45.28
  2. Coleman Stewart, NC State, 45.30
  3. Nicolas Albiero, Louisville, 45.89
  4. James Bretscher, NC State, 45.93
  5. Bryce Keblish, Virginia, 46.02
  6. Zach Harting, Louisville, 46.08
  7. Zach Fong, Virginia, 46.16
  8. Giovanni Izzo, NC State, 46.26

Only three schools will have representatives in tonight’s A-final: NC State, Louisville, and Virginia.

NC State’s Ryan Held led the way with a 45.28 effort in the final heat.  Teammate Coleman Stewart has been having a great meet, with a 20.65 backstroke leadoff on the medley relay, and sub-19 anchor leg on the 200 free relay tonight, and this morning he demonstrated his prowess in a third stroke, finishing just behind Held in 45.30.  Wolfpack swimmers James Bretscher and Giovanni Izzo will be the other two NC State swimmers in the championship final.

Louisville will be represented by freshman Nicholas Albiero and veteran Zach “Batman” Harting tonight, while Bryce Keblish and Zach Fong will rep the Cavaliers.

400 Individual Medley

NCAA A Cut: 3:39.95
NCAA B Cut: 3:54.49
2017 Invite Time: 3:44.92
Conference Record: Gal Nevo, Georgia Tech, 3:38.00 (2009)
Meet Record: Robert Owen, Virginia Tech, 3:38.43 (2017)
Defending Champion: Robert Owen, Virginia Tech, 3:38.43

  1. Brendan Casey, Virginia, 3:43.22
  2. Anton Ipsen, NC State, 3:44.26
  3. Bobby Giller, Virginia, 3:45.29
  4. Henry Campbell, UNC, 3:45.48
  5. Etay Gurevich, Louisville, 3:45.91
  6. Eric Knowles, NC State, 3:46.29
  7. Jarrett Jones, Louisville, 3:46.34
  8. Daniel Sos, Louisville, 3:47.91

Virginia’s Brendan Casey dropped a 3:43.22 in the fourth heat to put down the fastest time of the morning.  His teammate, Bobby Giller, raced NC State’s Anton Ipsen in the final heat, with Ipsen clocking a 3:44.26 and Giller a 3:45.29.  UVA nearly had three of the four fastest swims of the morning, as Ted Schubert initially recorded an A-final worthy time of 3:43.82, but was subsequently DQ’d.

Thanks to Schubert’s DQ, Louisville ended up putting three men into tonight’s A-final, led by Etay Gurevich and his 3:45.91.

Veteran Henry Campbell of UNC put up the 4th-fastest time of the morning with a 3:45.48 to give the Tar Heels their first A-finalist of the meet.

200 Freestyle

NCAA A Cut: 1:32.54
NCAA B Cut: 1:37.99
2017 Invite Time: 1:34.20
Conference Record: Soren Dahl, NC State, 1:31.37 (2017)
Meet Record: Scot Robison, Virginia, 1:32.45 (2010)
Defending Champion: Soren Dahl, NC State

  1. Justin Ress, NC State, 1:33.41
  2. Andreas Vazaios, NC State, 1:34.25
  3. Luke Georgidas, Virginia, 1:34.45
  4. Felipe Ribeiro de Souza, FSU, 1:34.65
  5. Andrej Barna, Louisville, 1:34.92
  6. Sam Steele, Louisville, 1:35.02
  7. Norbert Szabo, Virginia Tech, 1:35.20
  8. Lane Stone, Virginia Tech, 1:35.48
  9. Marcelo Acosta, Louisville, 1:35.50

This is the most diverse top eight we’ve seen so far this morning, with five different schools represented and no school having more than two swimmers in tonight’s A-final.

Leading the way is NC State, whose Justin Ress and Andreas Vazaios opted for this event after both scratching the 100 fly.  There’s a chance that either, or both, could still swim the 100 back today, but that seems unlikely, especially for Vazaios, who is the top seed in the 200 fly tomorrow.

Luke Georgiadis of UVA was seeded 59th with a time of 1:39.65, but threw down a 1:34.25 in the third heat to register the 3rd fastest time of the morning

Florida State got a big help in their quest for a top three team finish, thanks to Felipe Ribeiro de Souza and his 1:34.92.

100 Breaststroke

NCAA A Cut: 51.74
NCAA B Cut: 55.39
2017 Invite Time: 52.62
Conference Record: Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech, 51.30 (2017)
Meet Record: Peter Kropp, Duke, 51.46 (2017)
Defending Champion: Brandon Fiala, Virginia Tech

  1. Michael McBryan, UNC, 52.56
  2. Keefer Barnum, Virginia, 52.60
  3. (tie) Carlos Claverie, Louisville, 52.69
  4. (tie) Evgenii Somov, Louisville, 52.69
  5. Judd Howard, 52.95
  6. Valdas Abaliksta, UNC, 53.12
  7. (tie) Moises Loschi, Georgia Tech, 53.30
  8. (tie) Steven Shek, Notre Dame, 53.30

Barring scratches, any hope NC State had for a clean sweep of the swimming events has ended after the Wolfpack were locked out of tonight’s A-final, with Jacob Molacek, former national high school record holder in the 100 breast, finishing 9th in 53.42.  Practically, that doesn’t make a ton of a difference for NC State, as it’s not likely to affect the overall outcome and it looks like most of the Wolfpack’s top swimmers aren’t fully rested.

Instead, it was UNC who took the top seed, and two of the top eight spots, with Michael McBryan setting the pace with a 52.56 and freshman Valdas Abaliksta joining him with a 53.12

Louisville also qualified two men for the top eight, as Carlos Claverie and Evgenii Somov tied with a 52.69.

100 Backstroke

NCAA A Cut: 45.25
NCAA B Cut: 48.49
2017 Invite Time: 46.28
Conference Record: Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville, 45.24 (2016)
Meet Record: Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville, 45.25 (2017)
Defending Champion: Grigory Tarasevich, Louisville

  1. Coleman Stewart, 44.80
  2. Nicolas Albiero, Louisville, 45.89
  3. Hennessey Stuart, 46.07
  4. Joe Clark, Virginia, 46.22
  5. Alvin Jiang, UNC, 46.33
  6. Noah Hensley, NC State, 46.41
  7. Robert Whitacre, Notre Dame, 46.46
  8. James Bretscher, NC State, 46.49

Coleman Stewart has got to be considered the early leader for breakout star of the meet; after swimming the 2nd-fastest time of the morning in the 100 fly, he dipped below 45 in the 100 back, his primary stroke, with a time that puts him just outside the top ten fastest men ever in the event.  That time also sets a new conference and meet record, both previously held by Louisville alum Grigory Tarasevich.

Pending results from the other conference championships this morning, that time also makes gives Stewart the fastest time in the NCAA so far this season, eclipsing the 44.99 Grand Canyon’s Mark Nikolaev swam last November.

It was Wolfpack domination this morning, as three other NC State swimmers will join Stewart in tonight’s A-final, including James Bretscher, who also qualified in the 100 fly A-final, as did Louisville’s Nicolas Albiero, who had the 2nd-fastest time of the morning in this event.


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Not sure if you guys are aware, but every time I go to click on a twitter link for an ACC swimming article it redirects to the Day 2 Prelims recap rather than the article the post specifies.


Held is likely looking at medaling in 3 events at NCs. Should bounce back in Long course this year (if you can call it that, put up some good performances in the 100 in the summer.)


Tough DQ for UVA’s Ted Schubert in 400IM. He was seeded with a 3:45 — anyone know what his time was this morning?


Looks like 3:43.58. That’s rough.


What was DQ for, saw a pitt DQ too, hope it wasn’t something srupid

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