2021 NC State Invitational: Day 3 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

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

The Day 3 finals session of the 2021 NC State Fall Invite will, as have Days 1 and 2, pit first year sensations against seasoned NCAA All-Americans. We’ve seen fast prelims times from Stanford rookies Regan Smith (1:52.37) in the 200 back and Torri Huske (48.22) in the 100 free, as well as NCAA champion Sophie Hansson of NC State (2:09.91) in the 200 breast and her teammate Kylee Alons (1:54.92) in the 200 fly.

NC State’s Hunter Tapp threw down a stunning 200 back of 1:41.87 in prelims; he’ll try to hold off the rest of the field in the final. Stanford first-year Andrei Minakov is looking to secure his A cut in the 100 free, having led the morning qualifiers with 42.49, just .01 faster than Arizona State’s Carter Swift.

Women’s 1650 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 15:52.41
  1. Emma Nordin, ASU – 15:47.15
  2. Aurora Roghair, Stanford – 16:10.55
  3. Yara Hierath, NC State – 16:13.54

Arizona State’s Emma Nordin completed her sweep of the 200-500-1650 freestyles with a personal-best time of 15:47.15 in the mile. Nordin dropped 1.2 seconds and came to the wall nearly a full 50 yards ahead of runner-up Aurora Roghair of Stanford. Roghair’s time was a PB by 23.9 seconds. NC State’s Yara Hierath clocked in at 16:13.54, about 5.6 seconds off her best time.

No one else broke 16:30. NC State’s Kay Foley (16:34.89) and Brooke Travis (16:39.94) were the only sub-16:40s of the remaining swimmers.

Men’s 1650 Freestyle – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 14:37.31
  1. Will Gallant, NC State – 14:49.10
  2. Gordon Mason, ASU – 14:53.88
  3. Grant Shoults, Stanford – 14:56.07

NC State’s Will Gallant came within .10 of his lifetime best with a 14:49.10 victory in the fastest heat of the mile. While not an automatic A cut, Gallant’s time would have scored in the top-16 at last year’s NCAA Championships. Arizona State’s Gordon Mason broke 15 seconds for the first time, taking 20.4 seconds off his previous PB with 14:53.88 for second place. Stanford’s Grant Shoults (14:56.07) came to the wall 3 seconds ahead of NC State’s Ross Dant (14:59.04) for third place.

The Wolfpack secured 5th, 6th, and 7th places as well with James Plage, Eric Knowles, and Curtis Wiltsey.

Women’s 200 Backstroke – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 1:50.50
  1. Regan Smith, Stanford – 1:48.91
  2. Lucie Nordmann, Stanford – 1:51.16
  3. Katharine Berkoff, NC State – 1:51.62

World Record-holder (in long course meters) Regan Smith crushed the field to win the 200 back in 1:48.91, just 1.7 seconds off her lifetime best. Smith easily qualified for NCAAs with her A cut; she came within .6 of Phoebe Bacon’s winning time from 2021 NCAA Championships.

Stanford went 1-2-4 in the event, with Lucie Nordmann (1:51.16) and Taylor Ruck (1:52.09). NC State’s Katharine Berkoff (1:51.62) came in third.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 1:39.13
  1. Leon MacAlister, Stanford – 1:40.30
  2. Kacper Stokowski, NC State – 1:40.71
  3. Hunter Tapp, NC State – 1:41.49

Stanford’s Leon MacAlister made it a matching set of backstroke titles with his 1:40.30 win in the 200 back. He and NC State’s Kacper Stokowski battled stroke for stroke, but MacAlister was a bit faster on both halves. He split 49.2/51.1 to Stokowski’s 49.4/51.3 to get the win.

After dropping 2.5 seconds in prelims, Hunter Tapp improved another four-tenths to finish third in 1:41.49.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 47.18
  1. Torri Huske, Stanford – 47.39
  2. Emma Wheal, Stanford – 48.70
  3. Grace Countie, North Carolina – 48.73

Stanford’s Torri Huske continued to tear it up in Greensboro, adding a win in the 100 free to her 200 IM, 50 free, and 100 fly titles. Huske shot off the block and took the lead immediately, splitting 22.4/24.9 to stop the clock in 47.39.

Behind Huske, there was a mad rush for second place, with her teammate Emma Wheal, North Carolina’s Grace Countie, and NC State’s Abbey Webb all finishing within .04 of each other. Wheal (23.1/25.5) was out first, trailing Huske by .7. Both Countie (23.4/25.3) and Webb (23.8/24.9) were home faster, but Wheal’s early lead gave her the edge at the finish.

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 41.71
  1. Andrei Minakov, Stanford – 41.89
  2. Grant House, ASU – 42.07
  3. Carter Swift, ASU – 42.44

Stanford freshman Andrei Minakov won his second event of the weekend with a 41.89 in the 100 free, nearly achieving the NCAA A cut. Arizona State swept second, third, and fourth places with Grant House (42.07), Carter Swift (42.44), and Cody Bybee (42.71).

Minakov split 20.3/21.5 and was the lone sub-42 of the final.

Bybee (20.2/22.4) and Swift (20.3/22.1) were out with Minakov -in fact, Bybee led at the 50- but it was House’s (20.4/21.6) second half that propelled him past his teammates.

Spots 5-8 were taken up by NC State’s Luke Miller (42.82), Nyls Korstanje (42.84), Noah Henderson (42.96), and Sam Hoover (43.16).

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 2:06.58
  1. Sophie Hansson, NC State – 2:05.10
  2. Sally Foley, Duke – 2:08.30
  3. Andrea Podmanikova, NC State – 2:09.02

Defending NCAA champion Sophie Hansson of NC State added a 200 title to her victory in the 100 for a clean sweep of the breaststroke events. She was .46 faster than she’d been in prelims at 2021 NCAAs with her 2:05.10. Duke’s Sally Foley kept the Wolfpack from taking the first four spots by clocking a 2:08.30 for second place.

The next three finishers were all from NC State: Andrea Podmanikova (2:09.02), Heather MacCausland (2:09.29), and Julia Poole (2:09.79).

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 1:52.28
  1. Daniel Roy, Stanford – 1:52.54
  2. David Schlicht, ASU – 1:54.57
  3. Daniel Raisanen, Penn State – 1:54.58

Stanford’s Daniel Roy won the 200 breast with 1:52.54, only .7 off his fifth-place finish time at 2021 NCAAs. Roy was 54.3/58.2, getting a slight advantage from the outset and building his lead with each 50.

Arizona State’s David Schlicht beat Penn State’s Daniel Raisanen by one-hundredth for second place, 1:54.57 to 1:54.58. Raisanen, who had finished second in the 100 breast, .25 ahead of Roy, went 54.5/1:00.0, while Schlicht was 54.6/59.97.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 1:53.20
  1. Regan Smith, Stanford – 1:52.48
  2. Lillie Nordmann, Stanford – 1:54.43
  3. Kylee Alons, NC State – 1:54.44

Regan Smith made the 200 back/200 fly double look easy. Securing yet another NAAA A cut, the Stanford first-year went 1:52.48 to win the 200 fly by two body lengths.

For the second event in a row, the runner-up was determined by .01. This time, Lillie Nordmann of Stanford, whose sister had been runner-up to Smith in the back, got her hand to the wall just ahead of NC State’s Kylee Alons, 1:54.43 to 1:54.44.

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 1:40.44
  1. Leon Marchand, ASU – 1:40.86
  2. Alexander Colson, ASU – 1:41.38
  3. Aiden Hayes, NC State – 1:42.02

Still getting used to short course yards, Arizona State first-year Leon Marchand is dropping time left and right. After going 1:43.76 in the dual meet with USC, he popped a 1:44.88 in prelims this morning to qualify sixth for the final. Tonight, he ripped a 1:40.86, coming within .42 of the NCAA A cut. Had he gotten that one, he would have had three: 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly. His 200/400 IM times lead the nation so far this year, and his 200 fly time would have earned a spot in the A final at NCAAs last year. Turns out he is a pretty good fit for ASU and Bob Bowman.

Marchand’s teammate Alexander Colson secured second place, only half a second behind the leader, with 1:41.38. NC State first-year Aiden Hayes (1:42.02) kept the Sun Devils from sweeping the podium. ASU’s Andrew Gray touched fourth with 1:43.39.

Women’s 10 Meter Diving – Finals

  1. Aliyah Watson, Duke – 307.65
  2. Margo O’Meara, Duke – 252.35
  3. Emily Rakestraw, Duke – 233.45

Duke swept the podium in platform diving. Aliyah Watson earned 307.65 points for first place, while teammates Margo O’Meara and Emily Rakestraw came in second and third with 252.35 and 233.45 points, respectively. O’Meara won both the 1m and 3m diving events.

NC State divers Helene Synnott and Ashton Zuburg placed fourth and fifth.

Men’s 10 Meter Diving – Finals

  1. Jonah Cey, Penn State – 317.95
  2. Seamus Harding, Duke – 312.95
  3. Bayne Bennett, NC State – 288.65

Penn State diver Jonah Cey won the men’s platform event with 317.95 points, just 5 points ahead of Duke’s Seamus Harding. Harding was third in 3m and sixth in 1m diving, while Cey was ninth on the 1m board and seventh in 3m.

NC State’s Bennett Bayne, who had won the 1m and been runner-up on the 3m board, finished third with 288.65 points. His teammates Patrick O’Brien (286.70) and Matt Sexton (285.60) were just on his heels in fourth and fifth.

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 3:14.50
  1. Stanford “A” – 3:10.72
  2. NC State – 3:12.12
  3. Stanford “B” – 3:15.74

Both Stanford and NC State cleared the A standard but Stanford beat the Wolfpack by 1.4 seconds with 3:10.72; Emma Wheal (48.94), Taylor Ruck (47.49), Anna Shaw (48.02), and Torri Huske (46.27) contributed to the effort.

The Wolfpack combined for 3:12.12, using Katharine Berkoff (48.00), Abbey Webb (48.49), Kylee Alons (47.35), and Annabel Crush (48.28). NC State had led through the 300 but Huske passed Crush at the 350 and never looked back.

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay – Timed Finals

  • NCAA A cut: 2:50.99
  1. Arizona State – 2:47.43
  2. NC State – 2:48.46
  3. Stanford – 2:49.09

Arizona State won the closely contested 400 free relay with Jack Dolan (42.26), Carter Swift (41.78), Cody Bybee (42.31), and Grant House (41.08) combining for 2:47.43. With that time, they would have placed third in the final at last year’s NCAA Championships.

NC State’s Luke Miller (42.48), Nyls Korstanje (42.05), Kacper Stokowski (42.49), and Hunter Tapp (41.44) came in second with 2:48.46.

Stanford fielded 100 free winner Andrei Minakov (41.69), who was .20 faster than he’d been in the individual event, Luke Maurer (42.74), Jonny Affeld (42.42), and Leon MacAlister (42.24) for a combined 2:49.09.

NC State’s B squad (Sam Hoover, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, David Curtiss, and Noah Henderson) also made the A cut with 2:50.66.

Final Team Scores – Women

  1. NC State – 1990.50
  2. Stanford – 1722
  3. Duke – 1318
  4. North Carolina – 1045.50
  5. Arizona State – 980
  6. Penn State – 856
  7. Army West Point – 307
  8. George Washington – 146
  9. UNC-Wilmington – 96
  10. James Madison – 37

Final Team Scores – Men

  1. NC State – 2207
  2. Arizona State – 1654
  3. Stanford – 1476.50
  4. Duke – 987
  5. Penn State – 893.5
  6. North Carolina – 796
  7. Army West Point – 453
  8. George Washington – 51
  9. UNC-Wilmington – 48



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Crimson chin
1 year ago

Leon Marchand will go 3/3 at NCAA’s in his respected event. He has already cemented himself as the primal college male swimmer and he’s just getting started

Carolina S
1 year ago

Daniel Roy had a medical break, and I believe he just returned to the practice a few weeks ago. For the first meet of the season, missing the A cut by .2 is not bad.

1 year ago

Comment section here is very dead, Stanford men/women must have swam well or something

Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Meh. Not that great. Better than the Utah dual but man with the talent on that program I was expecting much more.

I mean…..
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Women? Yes. Men? …..I remain unimpressed

NC Fan
Reply to  I mean…..
1 year ago

Preston Forst looked good in his return to his home pool. Seems to be coming on strong and even further increasing his versatility. Minakov is Minakov and Leon Macalister showed well. They just seem lacking at both depth and top end studs. Be interesting to see come March. At least the men will be done with exams and not taking finals during NCAA’s like the women may.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  Swimswammer
1 year ago

Got dominated by the PACK. Summary of the meet right there.

VB Dad
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 year ago

For those in attendance, both teams are in the running for a championship come March. A couple of points from the meet. Stanford divers were in Texas, also the format of unlimited entries allowed 37 female swimmers for NCS and 20 for Stanford. 21-31 scored a lot of points for NCS in a 3 heat scored finals. Lastly Stanford DEFINITELY improved as the meet progressed which can be an indication of a team in heavy training. March will be fun. Right now Stanford, Tennessee, NCS, Alabama and UVA all in the running which may give the most competitive team championship in a long time.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  VB Dad
1 year ago

Lots of words to say you got DOMINATED by the PACK.

Swim Fan 69
1 year ago

Really impressed with the Penn State men. They weren’t shaved and they had some impressive swims

1 year ago

My brief summary from attending tonight’s session, 1. T Huske and R Smith both have some extra horsepower under the hood, 2. I would love to see a one on one basketball game between T Ruck and G Walsh. Both tall with crazy wingspans 😁, 3. The Pack will ready in March! 🐺

Reply to  Breezeway
1 year ago

nice entertaining post meet report. It was great that UVA went west earlier and now a big education for Stanford and ASU coming east, to see the powerhouse talent of Wolfpack. Stanford girls will have a new perspective on how intense the relay competition will be in March. 2nd place or even 3rd with record times wont be failure but 1st place will be the jackpot. The whole A final on relays will be uncertain. better train like crazy for what is ahead. Last year the relays with 4 team heats and no prelims, no fans, were so foreign and sour experience for the swim community. G Walsh looks like a player, Taylor played basketball and soccer. She has a… Read more »

1 year ago

Maybe ASU can take over Nc state for the fourth place at ncaa 😭

1 year ago

We didn’t see Allie Raab at this meet. She definitely would be in the medley relay. Right now Breaststroke and long distance are Stanford’s weaknesses. They need Barteupand Tankersley to step up. Whoever coaching the Breaststroke group needs to pick it up. Other programs are doing much better.

Aurora had her 1650 huge PB drop of 23 seconds. If she can continue her climb, she can break 16 minutes. They would need Amy Tang to step up in sprint. Lucie Nordmann is back to her old self. Not sure if she had injury before or not. This year she is definitely much faster than last year.

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Lucie had a challenging 2 years since her March 2019 NCAAs, Definitely faster than 2 yrs+ since that March. This weekend she was close to her freshman 2019 A Finals Pac-12, where she set personal bests, which she improved on a bit at 2019 NCAAs. Senior teamates Raab and Goeders from that 2019 class were absent this weekend. Raab might have had 3 A Finals, Goeders 2A Finals.in Wolfpack Invite. Amy Tang with heavy fall training, but swimming suited dropped 3 seconds on her 100Fr from 30 days ago dual meet. Just the begining of the beginning. Good that she could get some positives out of going against the terrific ACC talent

VB Dad
Reply to  chow
1 year ago

Allie Raab was at the meet. She swam two relays. 4×100 free (49.56) and 200 medley relay exhibition (relay was dq)

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

I stand corrected Raab was present and swimming in the very last event Sat night. 4×11 Fr relay. She swam with Stanford B team, that placed 3rd ahead of all the other teams except Stanford A and runnerup NCSt. The B team must have been loose, they had Regan S, and Lillie N along with Raab and Tang. The B team easily topped Stanfords 4X100 Fr time from last springs finals in NCAAs. Out of the two stanford sprint teams 8 swimmers on Saturday only one was a free swimmer from last year.

1 year ago

Where are the Stanford haters now? The comment section on the Tennessee Invite articles should be full of questions about how UVA performed

Mr. Pack
Reply to  SwimFan76
1 year ago

Stanford and UVA hater here. UVA looked better than the trees this weekend.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  SwimFan76
1 year ago

UVA was swimming off events and Douglas and Walsh still killed it

Reply to  Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
1 year ago

Those are not off events

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Swimfan
1 year ago

Well Kate swam the 2Free and 1Breast which are two events she literally hasn’t swam since 2019 and didn’t swim the 50Free or the 1Fly, and then Alex didn’t swim the 2IM and swam a 50Free which is also not an event she’s the greatest at

And they were also without their best backstroker

My point is they had the opportunity to score more points but I don’t think they were focused on winning this meet it was more about experimenting with different events

I mean…..
Reply to  SwimFan76
1 year ago

Stanford women still lack the true depth they’ll need. The pack destroyed Stanford when it came to depth this weekend – just check the final scores. As for UVA, you seem quite eager to forget the times they swam at their Texas dual meet.

Reply to  I mean…..
1 year ago

Stanford didn’t have the diving scores. Their diving team went to Texas Invitational I think. They definitely lacks depth in some areas like Breaststroke and Long Distance. They do have some depth in other areas . They will need the someone else other than Huske, Smith, Ruck, and Forde to step up bug time, the likes Nordmann sisters, Rabb, Bartel (need to get her high school form back), the sophomore class last year, and the highly-touted freshmen class this year.

Alex Crisera hasn’t swum to her potential yet this year. She is getting there with training partners like Smith and Huske. Stanford’s next year will be more interesting with Curzan and Hook on the team. Too bad Forde won’t… Read more »

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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