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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Isaac
2 years ago

🔥🔥🔥🔥

Superfan
2 years ago

Was that really Louisville anchor 20.56?

Riley
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

No math does not add up

AndejBarna
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

18.56

t13y
Reply to  Superfan
2 years ago

think it was 18.56

JustKeepSwimming
2 years 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?

FLwolfpack
Reply to  JustKeepSwimming
2 years ago

The men’s livestreams only starts tomorrow.

Isaac
2 years ago

Kinda shocking 800 FR for NC State but looking at last year 2nd place was 1:16:88 so this years time would have won. I’m hoping they are saving their big guns for NCAAs (Ress, Vazaios, Molacek,etc) which I think is a good plan.

Silent Observer
Reply to  Isaac
2 years ago

I initially thought NCState got DQ’ed…

SwimGeek
Reply to  Isaac
2 years ago

I totally agree with all of this. Surprising outcome. But smart to be putting focus on NCAAs

Curious Bystander
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

I wonder how much is intentional lack of taper/shave for N.C. State, and how much is just the other teams being faster.

Silent Observer
Reply to  Curious Bystander
2 years ago

I would be willing to bet that it’s more they are untappered. STATE brings back 3 of the 4 legs from their ncaa winning 800 free relay.

Only Louisville swam faster then their winning time from last ACCs

Curious Bystander
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

I didn’t realize NC State won the 800 free relay at NCAA last year. I reckon you’re right if they’re bringing 3/4 back. I just am skeptical when lack of winning is attributed so readily to focusing on NCAA over ACC

SwimGeek
Reply to  Curious Bystander
2 years ago

The answer is BOTH — Last year at ACCs this relay was:
NCST 6:12.9
Lville 6:16.8
UVA 6:19.8
VT: 6:20.1

With NCST returning everyone but Held, I predict they only lose about 2.5 seconds — and they were the fastest in history last year — 6:05 at NCAAs. So figure they’re going to be 8-9 sec faster in a month…

Packoastie
2 years ago

Louisville came to play!

SwimGeek
2 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.

2 Cents
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

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

NCSFan
2 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
2 years ago

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

Joel Lin
2 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
2 years ago

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

Joel Lin
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

Sounds like you have some experience with this.

Admin
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 years ago

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

Swammer
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

It is not fully funded