2021 NC State Fall Invitational: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

2021 NC State Fall Invitational

  • November 18-20, 2021
  • 9:30 AM Prelims / 5:30 PM Finals
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center
  • SCY (25y)
  • Live Results
  • Meet Mobile: 2021 NC State GAC Fall Invitational
  • Teams: NC State, Arizona State, Army West Point, Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford, James Madison (diving only), and UNC-Wilmington (diving only)

2021 NCAA Cut Lines

MEN EVENT (SCY) WOMEN
19.46 50 free 22.32
42.88 100 free 48.76
1:34.04 200 free 1:46.25
4:16.75 500 free 4:44.77
15:01.33 1650 free 16:25.47
46.29 100 fly 52.7
1:43.47 200 fly 1:57.42
46.37 100 back 53.01
1:41.81 200 back 1:55.05
52.4 100 breast 1:00.12
1:54.28 200 breast 2:10.37
1:44.15 200 IM 1:57.62
3:45.67 400 IM 4:13.19

Day One finals of the 2021 NC State Fall Invitational will consist of the women’s and men’s 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 400 medley relay.

Some of the big swims from the morning prelims session came from Andrei Minakov (19.13) in the 50 free, Emma Nordin (4:38.65) in the 500 free, and ASU teammates Leon Marchand (1:43.92) and Grant House (1:43.94) in the 200 IM.

The teams competing include hosts NC State, Arizona State, Army West Point, Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, and Stanford in swimming, and James Madison and UNC-Wilmington in diving.

Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 1:28.43
  1. NC State – 1:27.61
  2. Stanford – 1:27.79
  3. North Carolina – 1:29.55

The finals session opened with a pair of A-cuts for NC State and Stanford. Katharine Berkoff (22.11), Kylee Alons (21.37), Sophie Hansson (22.21), and Heather MacCausland (21.92) overcame an early lead by the Cardinal and combined for a winning 1:27.61. Torri Huske took it out in 21.96 for Stanford. She was followed by Taylor Ruck (21.95), Emma Wheal (21.74), and Anna Shaw (22.14) for 1:27.79.

Grace Countie, Heidi Lowe, Sophie Lindner, and Greer Pattison of North Carolina took third place ahead of Penn State’s Catherine Stanford, Mary Brinker, Abigail Amdor, and Ellie Tiskus.

Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 1:17.07
  1. Arizona State – 1:16.60
  2. NC State – 1:16.76
  3. Penn State – 1:17.40

As he did in prelims this morning, Andrei Minakov of Stanford swam a 19.13 to lead off the Cardinal relay, but this time he wasn’t the only 19-low. Jack Dolan of Arizona State went 19.12 on the first leg of the Sun Devils’ relay to hold the initial lead. Dolan was followed by Grant House (19.18), Carter Swift (19.17), and Cody Bybee (19.13) for a final time of 1:16.60, easily clearing the NCAA A-cut bar. Bybee pulled ASU past NC State to get the win.

Noah Henderson led off the NC State relay in 19.28. He turned it over to David Curtiss (19.05), Nyls Korstanje (19.06), and Giovanni Izzo (19.37). The Wolfpack also picked up an A cut for the relay, finishing in 1:16.76.

Penn State (Jake Houck, Will Roberson, Victor Baganha, and Zane Sutton) shot by Stanford to touch third with 1:17.40. Notably, Baganha split an 18.90 on the third leg of that relay.

Women’s 500 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 4:36.30
  1. Emma Nordin, ASU – 4:34.87
  2. Brooke Forde, Stanford – 4:36.96
  3. Erica Laning, ASU – 4:42.48

Emma Nordin of Arizona State was only 1.1 seconds off her best time, winning the A final in 4:34.87. She swam a steady race, splitting 53.0/55.2/55.6/55.5/55.4 for a wire-to-wire win. Stanford’s Brooke Forde was about half a body length behind Nordin through the 300 but fell off pace over the final 200 yards; she finished in second place with 4:36.96.

There was a big gap between the two leaders and the rest of the field. Erica Laning of ASU led the next wave of finishers by a body length, coming to the wall in 4:42.48. Behind her were Stanford’s Lillie Nordmann (4:43.43), NC State’s Yara Hierath (4:43.69), Duke’s Yi Xuan Chang (4:43.79), Stanford’s Regan Smith (4:43.86), and Molly Batchelor of Arizona State (4:44.46).

Men’s 500 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 4:12.22
  1. Julian Hill, Arizona State – 4:13.23
  2. Preston Forst, Stanford – 4:15.54
  3. Grant Shoults, Stanford – 4:15.75

Arizona State sophomore Julian Hill beat his previous PB by 2.4 seconds to win the 500 free in 4:13.23, just about a second away from the NCAA A cut. Hill jumped out to an early lead with 48.37 at the 100. He was slightly ahead of NC State’s Ross Dant in lane 4. He increased his lead over Dant on the second 100 yards, leading by a full body length at the 200. As Dant began to fall off pace, Hill was all alone in front of the pack.

Stanford’s Preston Forst and Grant Shoults began to close the gap over the third 100 yards. Forst moved into second place at the 400, while Shoults was just a tick behind Dant in fourth. Dant struggled over the final 100 yards and the pair from Stanford finished in second and third, more than 2 seconds behind Hill with 4:15.54 and 4:15.75.

Dant just barely held off a challenge by teammate James Plage, taking fourth place with 4:17.68 to Plage’s 4:17.77. The rest of the championship final, Liam Bresette of ASU and NC State’s Will Gallant and Eric Knowles, were another second behind with 4:18.78, 4:18.85, and 4:19.10.

Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 1:54.32
  1. Torri Huske, Stanford – 1:52.82
  2. Kate Moore, NC State – 1:55.56
  3. Julia Poole, NC State – 1:55.58

Stanford freshman Huske slashed .9 off her lifetime best to crush the field in the 200 IM, winning with 1:52.82. She hit the wall nearly more than two body lengths ahead of NC State seniors Kate Moore (1:55.56) and Julia Poole (1:55.58), who came in together 2.7 seconds behind.

The third group came to the wall 2.5 seconds later, led by Duke sophomore Sally Foley (1:58.01). Annabel Crush from NC State (1:58.57) edged Duke’s Catherine Belyakov (1:58.76) for fifth, while NC State freshman Grace Sheble (1:59.11) beat Samantha Pearson from Stanford (2:00.82) for seventh.

Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 1:41.34
  1. Leon Marchand, ASU – 1:40.80
  2. Grant House, ASU – 1:42.05
  3. David Schlicht, ASU – 1:43.30

Arizona State freshman Leon Marchand, who is still getting used to swimming in short course yards, knocked 3 full seconds off his previous PB to win the 200 IM in 1:40.80. That’s .19 faster than Carson Foster, then a freshman, went in the final at NCAAs last season. Marchand blasted off and split 21.7/25.1/29.2/24.6 to beat teammates Grant House (1:42.05) and David Schlicht (1:43.30) in a 1-2-3 Sun Devils sweep of the podium.

NC State took the next two places with sophomore Mikey Moore (1:44.37) and freshman Sam Hoover (1:45.38). Teammate Luke Miller placed seventh with 1:45.41, .01 behind Stanford sophomore Jonny Affeld. Duke’s Cole Reznick was eighth with 1:45.75.

Women’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 21.74
  1. Torri Huske, Stanford – 21.70
  2. Kylee Alons, NC State – 21.72
  3. Katharine Berkoff, NC State – 22.22

Stanford freshman Huske earned her second A cut of the evening with a 21.70 win in the 50 free. Her best time, from March 2021, remains at 21.39. NC State’s Alons was just .02 behind Huske, while Berkoff got her hand to the wall first among the next wave of finishers, in 22.22. UNC senior Grace Countie dropped .05 from her entry time to place fourth with 22.30.

NC State’s Heather MacCausland (22.37) and Sophie Hansson (22.65) were fifth and seventh, while Stanford’s Ruck (22.38) and Wheal (22.65) were sixth and seventh (tie with Hansson).

Huske and Alons lead the NCAA so far this season with their respective 21.70 and 21.72.

Men’s 50 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 19.00
  1. Jack Dolan, Arizona State – 19.16
  2. (tie) Noah Henderson, NC State / Andrei Minakov, Stanford – 19.20

ASU sophomore Dolan stunned the field, winning the 50 free A final with 19.16, just off his brand-new personal best time of 19.12 from leading off the 200 free relay at the beginning of the session. Dolan flipped in fourth place at the halfway wall, but came home the fastest to split 9.28/9.88. NC State’s Noah Henderson and Stanford’s Andrei Minakov tied for second place with 19.20.

There was also a tie for fourth place, as NC State’s Korstanje and Penn State’s Baganha both stopped the clock with 19.28. Carter Swift of ASU (19.53) beat NC State’s David Curtiss by .01 for sixth. Penn State’s Jake Houck rounded out the heat with 19.71 for eighth.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 3:31.66
  1. NC State – 3:26.44
  2. Stanford – 3:28.76
  3. North Carolina – 3:34.87

NC State crushed the A standard with a winning 3:26.44, a time that is .44 faster than their prelims performance at 2021 NCAAs (where they ended up winning the event with an NCAA record of 3:24.59). The Wolfpack reunited three-quarters of that quartet with Katharine Berkoff leading off in 50.96, Sophie Hansson splitting 56.87 on the breast, Kylee Alons going 49.99 on the fly, and newcomer Abbey Webb anchoring in 48.62.

Hansson’s split of 56.87 was .14 faster than her 57.01 from last year’s NCAA final, in which she was the fastest breaststroke leg in the meet.

Stanford, also under the A cut by nearly 3 seconds, used Regan Smith on back (50.06), Zoe Bartel on breast (1:00.50), Torri Huske on fly (50.74), and Taylor Ruck on free (47.46).

Men’s 400 Medley Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A Cut: 3:05.37
  1. NC State “A” – 3:04.02
  2. Arizona State “A” – 3:04.11
  3. Arizona State “B” – 3:07.31

NC State and Arizona State both cleared the NCAA A cut handily in the men’s 400 medley relay. The Wolfpack got off to an early lead with Kacper Stokowski’s 44.79 leadoff backstroke leg, then held the lead with swims from Rafal Kusto on breast (52.49), Korstanje on fly (44.78), and Miller on free (41.96).

Arizona State went 2-3 to round out the podium. The Sun Devils’ A relay nearly ran down NC State, finishing only .09 back in 3:04.11. Dolan led off in 44.87. He was followed by John Heaphy, with the fastest breaststroke split in the final (51.53), Bybee (44.87), and House (41.69).

The ASU B relay overtook Stanford on the final 100 yards to place third with 3:07.31. Marchand led off in 46.14. Elijah Warren swam breast (53.70). Butterflyer Evan Carlson (45.80) handed off to Swift, who outsplit Stanford’s Minakov, 41.67 to 42.11, to secure the third spot.

 

 

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Mia
7 months ago

I have been a huge Stanford fan these past few years, however, I am a bit concerned. Last year’s NCAA’s were not blazing (and I know it wasn’t their fault because of all the restrictions), but when Simone didn’t make the final at trials, I began to notice something was off. Katie Ledecky (the WR holder in the 400/800/1500 Free) went 15:29 in season back in 2020, and seemingly was going to have a huge bust at trials/Olympics. Yet this year, she couldn’t even crack 15:35 tapered and shaved at an Olympic final. Obviously, this time is elite no matter what, literally nobody else has ever gone that. But Ledecky left the farm, Manuel has been silent, Forde/Gormley/Ruck/R. Smith/Tang/Tankersly are… Read more »

Troyy
Reply to  Mia
7 months ago

Yes, many are concerned about the training practices at Stanford that resulted in Simone developing overtraining syndrome. 🧐

Sccoach
Reply to  Mia
7 months ago

Wait, you noticed something was off with Simone Manuel at trials?

Wowwwwww we have a true genius on our hands here. Swimswam better hire this person immediately, can’t let this one go. A true Sherlock freaking Holmes

Sharet
Reply to  Sccoach
7 months ago

What’s that mean?

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Sccoach
7 months ago

Reread what Mia said again.

Sharet
7 months ago

I’ve never understood why not a lot of swimmers choose ASU… best coaching staff ever, am I missing something

Swimmer Steve
Reply to  Sharet
7 months ago

Bob definitely hasn’t solidified himself as a great collegiate coach yet. Obviously MP, but his time at Michigan wasn’t outstanding and ASU really hasn’t show anything previously beyond what’d you expect from the recruiting bump Bobs name brings. They look great at this meet though.

Also ASU isn’t a bad school by any means, but it makes sense if they loose kids to Cal/ Stanford.

yoswim
Reply to  Sharet
7 months ago

If they can’t take the heat, don’t go to the desert.

iLikePsych
7 months ago

Regan: “call an ambulance!!”
*Goes 50.06*
Regan: “but not for me!!!”

Sccoach
7 months ago

All the overreacting in all these meet results comment sections over a November meet is really hilarious.

Regan has been at Stanford for just a few months but looks as though Meehan has already ended her career… right swimswam?

Taa
Reply to  Sccoach
7 months ago

I’m checking the transfer portal for her name right now. Probably going Alabama to swim for Margo!!

Woah
7 months ago

How are the swimswam admin allowing “Wow” to keep commenting unproductive comments that the Stanford Women’s Swimmers will obviously see. Not only is it unproductive but it is straight up disrespectful to the hard work these women have put in. If you’re gonna compare the Stanford women to their tapered down times then hold the same standard to the other teams at this meet.

yesterday
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

I don’t undertand why parents like this read comments about their childrens’ teams.

It’s sports man. They’re getting paid. They’re getting paid because people are supposed to be interested.

SwimSwam usually deletes personal things. If it’s conversations about performance…sorry but that’s sports my mans.

Just stop reading articles about your kids. I get that through HS everything was sunshine and roses, but that’s just not the reality of high level athletics. If you ask us to buy suits because Regan reps them, then Regan has to accept criticism, as long as it’s fair and related to performance.

yesterday
Reply to  yesterday
7 months ago

It’s not the fans’ jobs to be “productive” for the athletes.

Besides, if we all pretend like it’s great, how does the next generation of athletes have any counterbalance to the effusive fibbing that all college coaches do? That’s not a dig at Greg – it’s about all college coaches.

The results are not great at Stanford right now. They got all of the applause when they were winning and they ate it up. They didn’t care when they were winning that people were critical of Cal or Georgia. They can’t pretend to care now that they’re having a tough year.

Good
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

It’s a shame. People
Forget these are kids they are talking about.

Chelsey Walsh
Reply to  Good
7 months ago

I mean, no, they’re actually quite literally adults…

Chelsey Walsh
Reply to  Good
7 months ago

They’re actually literally adults….

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

if you want swim to get popular you can’t delete stuff if it hurts a swimmer’s feelings, discussions about performance are a natural part of every sport

Wow
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

If you are offended by my comments then I apologize – however I would never field personal attacks and am strictly commenting on the recent performances by the Stanford team. Not promising – sorry but it’s the truth. It’s been the truth for the past 2.5 years.

Wow
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

And other teams aren’t having ALMOST ALL swimmers adding +1 seconds in a 50, +4-5 in 200 IMs and +12-15 in 500s.

Anon
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

Look at any other popular college sports media, negative comments abound. If you want the sport to grow that kind of stuff should fly.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Woah
7 months ago

Do yourself a favor and don’t read the comments you whiny swim parent! Boohoo the internet hurt my feelings! Waaaaaaaah

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Mr. Pack
7 months ago

Imagine thinking that posting FACTUAL data that swimmers are nowhere near their best times is “disrespectful”. Stop raising your kids to be wimps you whiny swim parents.

Ghost
7 months ago

Anyone at meet can tell us mens 50 results and medley relay for men

bebo
Reply to  Ghost
7 months ago

The Duke website has the results that include the 50 free and MR

Wow
7 months ago

Spicy 56 100 Breast from Sophie Hansson. Stanford with the nice 1:00 split.

Coach
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

Where has Allie Raab been? I don’t remember seeing her results from a meet this year.

stanford insider
Reply to  Coach
7 months ago

she was so furious watching forde fail to make the A cut she decided that it wasn’t worth it to keep swimming anymore

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  stanford insider
7 months ago

“Stanford insider”

Taa
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

Stanford in March will go 49 59 49 46 and crush the record

Wow
Reply to  Taa
7 months ago

I think UVA could potentially go 49 56 49 47 – 2s faster than that.

Taa
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

Well if we are doing it off potential, Stanford would be even quicker. The times I listed have all been pretty much done. Smith 49.1, Raabe has been 58.7 flat start, Huske 49.7 flat, but 55.6lcm Ruck has already done a 45 + relay split. UVA could do those splits but not likely add a half second or a little more to all them except the free split. So maybe its close.

Wow
Reply to  Taa
7 months ago

If were doing it off potential then its actually another 2s faster – 49 56 48 46

Taa
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

okay okay i give up. Some people like to dream big

Joel Lin
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

And don’t forget that Cal & NCS will have great medley relays too. Both women’s medley relays will be crazy fast at NCAAs this year.

Swimfan
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

With multiple dolphin kicks on breast

Mr. Pack
7 months ago

LETS GO PACK! DOMINATING UNRESTED!

Taa
Reply to  Mr. Pack
7 months ago

You mean getting spanked by ASU? who traveled all the way across the country while the pack slept in their own bed?

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Taa
7 months ago

HOW YOU LIKE DEM APPLES?

Swimmer
Reply to  Taa
7 months ago

The Pack stay in a hotel next to the airport for your information.

JeahBrah
Reply to  Mr. Pack
7 months ago

Are they really unrested? Do they usually not rest for mid season invite?

Wow
Reply to  JeahBrah
7 months ago

They literally rested and shaved per Instagram. Hilarious.

NC Fan
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

Ross Dante’s beard and Arsenio Bustos chest hair beg to differ. Yes, I saw Nyls shaved his no-shave November beard if that is what you are referring to.

Anon
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

What Instagram you looking at? ASU is shaved NC State is not.

yoswim
Reply to  Anon
7 months ago

ASU not shaved. Julian Hill busted a winning 500 with a fresh stache. Outside smoke.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Wow
7 months ago

The PACK is most definitely not shaved. HILARIOUS.

Hoosier Daddy
Reply to  Mr. Pack
7 months ago

Pack are dogwater!!! What an embarassing performance!

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