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

by Robert Gibbs 45

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

2019 ACC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 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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Ross Dant Superfan 2
3 years ago

I heard ross dant once swam an 800 free relay by himself and won ACCs

Admin
Reply to  Ross Dant Superfan 2
3 years ago

No.

Alice Wright Belknap
3 years ago

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS are AWESOME, FLYING OVER THE WATER !!!!!!!!!!

Ladymanvol
3 years ago

NCState wins the 800 FRR At NCAAs AGAIN – Heckfire with the GREATEST SWIMMING COACH alive (Mark Bernadino) there the PACK WILL BE ON ATTACK. Those poor NCSTATE swimmers have not started to rest YET. 6:16 not too shabby in drag suits.

2 Cents
Reply to  Ladymanvol
3 years ago

Can we show some respect and start to spell the man’s name correctly please?? or just say “Dino” if you can’t spell it correctly? Especially from all these State Fanboys/girls…. last week was bad enough with all the misspelling of his name.

It is Bernardino.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
3 years ago

incredible 45.34 100 back from Louisville freshman Mitchell Whyte

Joel Lin
3 years ago

It is hard for me to process how far UNC’s program has fallen off.

Ladymanvol
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Coach DeSelm is a gentleman and WILL do the right thing at seasons end.

2 Cents
Reply to  Ladymanvol
3 years ago

As someone who is a fan/alum of another school, I hope you are wrong and he stays.

Hola
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

6:30 in the 800FR is just plain awful

Ladymanvol
Reply to  Hola
3 years ago

It is not “plain awful”. Those swimmers did the best they could. Could you have swum faster?? I do not know why so many people hate on Coach DeSelm and the GREAT UNC Program. Just by cleaning up a few things this relay could have been 6:20, maybe faster.

Swimmer
Reply to  Ladymanvol
3 years ago

What do you mean “cleaning up a few things”. The guys swam well, but cleaning up some stuff does not equal a 10 second drop which is 2.5 seconds for each swimmer. That would be huge.

WarmUpTheBus
Reply to  Swimmer
3 years ago

Hmm…I think that was sarcasm though I’m not sure. A 10 second drop would have gotten them ahead of Dook into 9th place. Not quite the hallmark of a great program to beat Duke in swimming. Now, if Zion were swimming then beating them would be an accomplishment.

Hola
Reply to  WarmUpTheBus
3 years ago

UNC finishes 10th out of 11 in both events. The only team they beat? BC’s walk-ons….

Yikes
Reply to  Ladymanvol
3 years ago

I for one can and have swam faster. Being honest that’s terrible for a D1 program in the ACC that’s not Boston college.

Joel Lin
3 years ago

Really impressed with the progression of Ga Tech this year. Great academic institution, world class facility & a cool city / campus life. What’s not to love? They can be a player in the years to come.

Admin
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

The parking tickets, man. The parking tickets are brutal.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Sounds like you have some experience with this.

Admin
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Anybody who’s spent more than 10 minutes in Atlanta with a car has experience with this.

NM Coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Braden, Live Results link brings up the ACC women’s meet. Is there a different link to go to?

John
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

If you have spent 10 minutes in Atlanta, you are probably stuck on the 75/85 merge, waiting to go the half mile the GA Tech off ramp.

SwimGeek
Reply to  Joel Lin
3 years ago

Anyone know what kind of scholarship funding GT has? I’ve always assumed they have little or none — but still can offer the great school, etc. Similar to Duke, I think — but will confess my ignorance about scholarships at both schools.

Robbie
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

Regardless of the scholarship status they’re beating than fully funded UNC team sitting 10th. #ouch

Swammer
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

It is not fully funded

NCSFan
3 years ago

Louisville and UVA have great teams and wouldn’t be surprised if either won the meet. Should be fun to watch.

What are you on
Reply to  NCSFan
3 years ago

Are you high ?
Literally NC State doesn’t even have to fully rest to win this meet

SwimGeek
3 years ago

Nice result for UVA — 1:34 / 1:33 / 1:34/ 1:33 splitting. And a big surprise for the fastest split in the entire field — 1:32.47 from Lane Stone, sophomore from Va Tech. He was 1:34 / 4:14 last year as a freshman. Look for him to have a big 500 tomorrow.

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Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

UVA has a 1:33 and a 1:34.0 flat start 200 Free combo coming in next year too.

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