2019 ACC Men’s Championships: Day 1 Relay Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 45

February 27th, 2019 ACC, College, News, Previews & Recaps


  • When: Wednesday, February 27th to Saturday, March 2nd | Prelims 10:00am | Finals 6:00pm
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: NC State Wolfpack (results)
  • Live Results: here
  • Streaming: WatchESPN (subscription required)
  • Psych Sheet
  • Championship Central

The first night of the 2019 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships is here and will feature the ten men’s swimming teams in the conference contesting the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Louisville is the defending champion in the former event, having gone 1:23.41 last year to win by over half a second. The Cardinals return three of four legs from that relay, although NC State could certainly still take this event depending on how they construct their relays. The Wolfpack won the 800 free relay by nearly six seconds last year, and should easily win that again, despite losing Ryan Held to graduation.

200 Medley Relay

  1. NC State – 1:22.37
  2. Louisville – 1:23.10
  3. FSU – 1:23.63

NC State opened up their title defense by taking the only relay event that eluded them last year, and doing it in record-setting fashion. Coleman Stewart staked the ‘Pack to an early lead with a 20.75 leadoff leg, followed by Daniel Graber with a 23.27 split. Freshman Nyls Korstanje dipped under 20, with a 19.81 fly leg, and Justin Ress brought things home with a 18.54. NC State’s time of 1:22.37 was a new meet and conference record, breaking the mark of 1:23.16 from the 2017 ACC championships; tonights time also would’ve placed 3rd at last year’s NCAA championships.

Louisville was actually also faster than last year’s winning time, and under the previous conference record. Nick Albiero led off in 21.00, followed by Evgenii Somov (23.40), Zach Harting (20.13), and Andrej Barna (18.56). FSU took 3rd in 1:23.63. Emir Muratovic led off in 21.18, and they were in 5th after a 23.78 breast leg by freshman Izaak Bastian, but a strong backhalf by Kanoa Kaleoaloha (19.96) and Will Pisani (18.71) pushed them ahead of Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets were seeded 1st in this event, and were a couple tenths off that time of 1:24.23 from their fall invite, but they were still the final team under the NCAA ‘A’ cut at 1:24.42, powered largely by a 23.24 breast split from Caio Pumputis, the fastest split in the field.

800 Free Relay

  1. Louisville – 6:11.84
  2. UVA – 6:16.00
  3. VT – 6:16.08

Last year, Louisville kind of shocked everyone by pipping NC State in the 200 medley relay, but this year the Cardinals absolutely dominated this event, dropping a 6:11.84 that was faster than their time from ACCs or NCAAs last year, despite not using two of the men who were on that relay last year.

Nick Albiero dueled NC State’s Andreas Vazaois throughout the first leg of the race, with Vazaois staking NC State to the lead by just 0.23s. Jacob Molacek then split 1:35.27 for the Wolfpack, well off the 1:32.13 he put up at NCAAs last year as NC State set a new US Open record, but that’s almost certainly more of a sign of not being shaved/tapered/whatever than being any cause for concern for Wolfpack. Meanwhile, Louisville got a 1:32.52 split from Zach Harting to put the Cardinals in the lead by a body length. At that point, UVA was in 2nd, thanks to a 1:34.03 lead off by Ryan Baker and a 1:33.80 by Samuel Schilling.

Louisville chose to put two freshmen on the last two legs of the relay, and they both delivered. Bartosz Piszcozorowicz split 1:32.48, and Colton Paulson anchored in 1:33.11, giving the Cardinals a four second margin of victory over UVA. Those were huge times for both: Piszcozorowicz’s season-best was a 1:37.70, and Paulson came into this season with a lifetime best of 1:35.9.

The Cavaliers finished 2nd in 6:16.00, as Joseph Clark (1:34.59) and Cooper Wozencroft (1:33.58) held off Virginia Tech, which had moved to challenge the Cavaliers during Lane Stone‘s 1:32.47 anchor leg, but ultimately finished jsut behind, in 6:16.08.

NC State got a 1:34.00 from Noah Hensley and a 1:33.71 from Justin Ress to place 4th in 6:16.48. The FSU men combined for a 6:18.35, a time that set a new school record by over four seconds and was also under the NCAA ‘A’ cut.

This event was incredibly faster than it was last year. By way of comparison, here were the top 5 times last year:

  1. NC State – 6:12.92
  2. Louisville – 6:16.88
  3. UVA – 6:19.80
  4. VT – 6:20.18
  5. Notre Dame – 6:21.70

Tonight, those would’ve finished 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 9th, as there were a total of eight teams under 6:20, as compared to just three teams last year.

Here are the team scores through day 1 swimming events, with all 3 diving events factored in:

  1. Duke – 258
  2. Florida State – 247
  3. Louisville – 243
  4. NC State – 227
  5. Virginia Tech – 196
  6. Virginia – 184
  7. Georgia Tech – 179
  8. Miami (FL) – 161*
  9. North Carolina – 146
  10. Notre Dame – 127
  11. Pitt – 94
  12. Boston College – 64

*Note: Miami has only divers on their men’s team, so 161 will remain their score for the entire meet.

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1 year ago


1 year ago

Was that really Louisville anchor 20.56?

Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

No math does not add up

Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago


Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

think it was 18.56

1 year ago

why does the espn live stream say”Your event has ended, Thanks for watching” even though the 800 free relay hasn’t been swum yet?

Reply to  JustKeepSwimming
1 year ago

The men’s livestreams only starts tomorrow.