2022 NC State/GAC Invite: Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

2022 NC STATE/GAC INVITATIONAL

  • November 17-19, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Live Results on MeetMobile
  • Live Results

TEAMS

  • NC State
  • Stanford
  • Arizona State
  • Duke
  • Penn State
  • Army
  • George Washington (diving only)
  • UNC Asheville (diving only)

The second day of the 2022 NC State Invite is here. This morning’s prelims session will feature the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. Arizona State built a healthy lead in the men’s team standings on the first day of the meet, while Stanford has built a considerable lead in the women’s meet.

WOMEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 4:03.62

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Grace Sheble (NCS) – 4:09.33
  2. Sarah Foley (DUKE) – 4:11.70
  3. Catherine Purnell (Duke) – 4:12.39
  4. Sam Tadder (STAN) – 4:14.00
  5. Charli Brown (ASU) – 4:15.23
  6. Lucy Bell (STAN) – 4:15.26
  7. Martina Peroni (DUKE) – 4:15.66
  8. Yara Hierath (NCS) – 4:17.27

NC State’s Grace Sheble was the only swimmer in the field to crack 4:10 in the 400 IM this morning, swimming a 4:09.33. She swam a well-rounded race this morning, splitting 57.07 on fly, 1:03.87 on back, 1:10.25 on breast, and 58.14 on free.

Duke had a great showing this morning, advancing three swimmers to the ‘A’ final, making the Blue Devils the only team to do so in the event. Sarah Foley led Duke, taking second this morning with a 4:11.70. She was just ahead of Catherine Purnell (4:12.39). Duke also had Martina Peroni finish seventh in 4:15.66, also qualifying for the ‘A’ final.

Notably, Stanford freshman Charlotte Hook, who was seeded at 4:08.00, did not swim the race this morning.

MEN’S 400 IM – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 3:39.16

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Leon Marchand (ASU) – 3:41.28
  2. Owen McDonald (ASU) – 3:46.34
  3. David Schlicht (ASU) – 3:48.01
  4. Cale Martter (ASU) – 3:48.31
  5. Daniel Matheson (ASU) – 3:48.94
  6. Ron Polonsky (STAN) – 3:49.32
  7. Kyle Ponsler (NCS) – 3:50.14
  8. Conall Monahan (NCS) – 3:50.26

The Bob Bowman experience is in full effect this morning in Greensboro. The Sun Devils took the top five spots in the 400 IM this morning, led, of course, by Leon Marchand. The World Champion in the LCM version of the event swam a 3:41.28 this morning in a relaxed swim. Though we know Marchand is all but certain to be significantly faster tonight in finals, he still led prelims by five seconds with his time this morning.

ASU freshman Owen McDonald clocked a new personal best of 3:46.34 to finish second this morning. David Schlicht was next in with a 3:48.01. Another Sun Devil freshman, Cale Martter, swam a massive personal best of 3:48.31 for fourth this morning. Martter’s previous best was a 3:51.58, a time which he swam in March of this year.

The final ASU swimmer in the top eight this morning was Daniel Matheson, who swam a 3:48.94.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 50.92

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Claire Curzan (STAN) – 50.85
  2. Torri Huske (STAN) – 51.13
  3. Kylee Alons (NCS) – 51.89
  4. Abby Arens (NCS) – 52.41
  5. Lindsay Looney (ASU) – 52.50
  6. Emma Harvey (PSU) – 53.36
  7. Emma Wheal (STAN) – 53.52
  8. Jade Foelske (ASU) – 53.62

The Stanford duo of Claire Curzan and Torri Huske posted the top two times of the morning. Curzan led the way with a 50.85, coming home in a speedy 27.21 on the final 50. Stanford also saw Emma Wheal make the ‘A’ final tonight, finishing seventh with a 53.52.

The NC State duo of Kylee Alons (51.89) and Abby Arens (52.41) were third and fourth this morning.

Notably, UVA’s Kate Douglass and Gretchen Walsh were both under 50 seconds in the 100 fly this morning at the Tennessee Invite. We expect a thrilling race between Douglass, Walsh, Curzan, Huske, and LSU’s Maggie MacNeil in the 100 fly at the end of the season, so we’ll see how the Stanford duo stacks up tonight in finals.

MEN’S 100 FLY – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 44.82

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Max McCusker (ASU) – 45.29
  2. Luke Miller (NCS) – 45.91
  3. Kacper Stokowski (NCS) – 46.16
  4. Ethan Hu (STAN) – 46.19
  5. Aaron Sequeira (STAN) – 46.39
  6. Alexander Colson (ASU) – 46.45
  7. Aiden Hayes (NCS) – 46.51
  8. Cody Bybee (ASU) – 46.80

Arizona State’s Max McCusker swam a new personal best en route to posting the top time of the morning in the men’s 100 fly. McCusker’s 45.29 comes in nearly half a second under his previous best of 45.74, which he swam at last season’s ACC Championships, when he was competing for Florida State.

NC State’s Luke Miller was also under 46 seconds this morning, swimming a 45.91.

WOMEN’S 200 FREE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:42.84

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Taylor Ruck (STAN) – 1:44.85
  2. Kayla Wilson (STAN) – 1:45.29
  3. Morgan Tankersley (STAN) – 1:45.46
  4. Natalie Mannion (STAN) – 1:45.84
  5. Lillie Nordmann (STAN) – 1:46.16
  6. Lindsay Looney (ASU) – 1:46.41
  7. Catherine Meisner (PSU) – 1:47.22
  8. Erin Milligan (ASU) – 1:47.22

Stanford was exceptional in the women’s 200 free this morning, taking the top five spots. Taylor Ruck led the field this morning, swimming a 1:44.85, which was fueled in large part by a 50.85 on the first 100.

Kayla Wilson, Morgan Tankersley, and Natalie Mannion were all 1:45 this morning. Wilson and Mannion are freshmen. Tankersley split the race tightly this morning, going out in 52.11 and coming home in 53.35.

Lillie Nordmann was fifth this morning, touching in 1:46.16.

ASU’s Lindsay Looney was the top performing non-Stanford swimmer in the field this morning, swimming a 1:46.41.

MEN’S 200 FREE – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:31.98

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Grant House (ASU) – 1:33.03
  2. Bartosz Piszczorowicz (NCS) – 1:33.69
  3. Julian Hill (ASU) – 1:34.55
  4. Patrick Sammon (ASU) – 1:34.62
  5. Luke Maurer (STAN) – 1:34.79
  6. Michael Cotter (NCS) – 1:34.85
  7. Andrew Gray (ASU) – 1:34.88
  8. Rafael Gu (STAN) – 1:35.02

After a breakout season last year, Grant House is still humming along. He finished first in the men’s 200 free this morning with a 1:33.03, marking a season best for the Pac-12 champion.

NC State’s Bartosz Piszczorowicz was second this morning, swimming a 1:33.69. Piszczorowicz was fast coming home this morning, splitting 47.96. On the other hand, House was out fast this morning, splitting 44.47 on the opening 100.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 58.10

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Heather MacCausland (NCS) – 59.65
  2. Sarah Foley (DUKE) – 59.79
  3. Kaelyn Gridley (DUKE) – 59.92
  4. Andrea Podmanikova (NCS) – 1:00.03
  5. Iza Adame (ASU) – 1:00.69
  6. Kaylee Hamblin (NCS) – 1:00.77
  7. Aubree Brouwer (NCS) – 1:00.79
  8. Aurelie Migault (ARMY) – 1:01.28

NC State’s Heather MacCausland swam a 59.65 to grab the top seed for tonight’s final. She had the fastest split in the field on the first 50, where she swam a 28.02.

The dynamic Duke duo of Sarah Foley and Kaelyn Gridley were second and third this morning, both swimming under 1:00.

NC State had four swimmers make it into the top eight this morning, with Andrea Podmanikova taking fourth, Kaylee Hamblin sixth, and Aubree Brouwer seventh.

MEN’S 100 BREAST – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 51.40

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Mariano Lazzerini (PSU) – 52.73
  2. Mason Hunter (NCS) – 52.80
  3. Ethan Dang (STAN) – 53.19
  4. Zhier Fan (STAN) – 53.55
  5. Dan Raisanen (PSU) – 53.76
  6. John Heaphy (ASU) – 53.77
  7. Ben Doyle (PSU) – 54.32
  8. Evan Yoo (ARMY) – 54.41

Pen State freshman Mariano Lazzerini was great this morning, swimming a 52.73 to lead the field. He had the fastest second 50 split in the field, coming home in 27.79.

NC State’s Mason Hunter was right behind Lazzerini, swimming a 52.80 for second.

The Nittany Lions had three swimmers make it to the ‘A’ final tonight. Dan Raisanen swam a 53.76 for fifth and Ben Doyle clocked a 54.32 for seventh.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 50.89

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Claire Curzan (STAN) – 50.90
  2. Katharine Berkoff (NCS) – 51.23
  3. Kylee Alons (NCS) – 52.64
  4. Kennedy Noble (NCS) – 52.71
  5. Emma Muzzy (NCS) – 53.10
  6. Lucie Nordmann (STAN) – 53.41
  7. Emma Shuppert (DUKE) – 53.44
  8. Easop Lee (DUKE) – 53.45

After posting the top time in the 100 fly prelims earlier in the session, Stanford freshman Claire Curzan was back in action in the 100 back, swimming a 50.90 for the top time in this event as well.

Behind Curzan, NC State had a strong showing, taking the next four spots. Katharine Berkoff was second this morning, swimming a 51.23, just ahead of Kylee Alons, who was third in 51.64. Wolfpack freshman Kennedy Noble swam a 52.71 for fourth this morning, while Emma Muzzy was fifth in 53.10.

Alons had also already qualified for the ‘A’ final of the 100 fly as well.

MEN’S 100 BACK – PRELIMS

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 44.79

TOP 8 QUALIFIERS:

  1. Kacper Stokowski (NCS) – 45.02
  2. Jack Dolan (ASU) – 45.25
  3. Leon MacAlister (STAN) – 46.12
  4. Hunter Tapp (NCS) – 46.56
  5. Jack Wadsworth (ASU) – 46.82
  6. Giovanni Izzo (NCS) – 46.90
  7. Aaron Sequeira (STAN) – 47.10
  8. Aiden Hayes (NCS) – 47.43

NC State’s Kacper Stokowski clocked one of the fastest times in the NCAA this season, leading prelims with a speedy 45.02. He touched ahead of Arizona State’s Jack Dolan, who finished second in 45.25. The swim marks a personal best for Dolan, whose previous best was a 45.35 from the Pac-12 Championships last season.

Notably, Stokowski had already qualified for the ‘A’ final of the 100 fly tonight.

Team Scores (Through Day 1)

Men

  1. Arizona State, 647.5
  2. Stanford, 469.5
  3. NC State, 437
  4. Penn State, 230.5
  5. Duke, 199

Women

  1. Stanford, 639
  2. NC State, 509.5
  3. Arizona State, 329
  4. Duke, 315
  5. Penn State, 261.5

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Frank Wilson
2 months ago

Some day 2 finals
Leon Marchand blasted the 400 IM A cut with a time of 3:33.65 in the final
ASU team blasted the 800 relay A cut with a time of 6:08.97 more than 7 sec under A cut

Frank Wilson
Reply to  Frank Wilson
2 months ago

ASU men day 2 5 firsts including both relays 2 seconds

Frank Wilson
2 months ago

I just wish it was being broadcast live.

Thomas
2 months ago

Very random question. What ever happened to Shane Ryan? Is he still representing Ireland or has he retired?

Admin
Reply to  Thomas
2 months ago

He raced at Ireland’s Summer Nationals in July.

https://swimswam.com/shane-ryan-among-racers-at-irish-summer-national-championships/

Then raced at Euros. Raced most recently at a small Irish meet. 23.6 50 back, 23.3 50 fly in SCM.

Swammer
2 months ago

ASUs IM depth is absolutely insane, and it’s going to get even better when Kos arrives next semester

PancakeLover
2 months ago

I guess no other men’s team besides ASU decided to show up for the 400 IM. Pitiful.

dscott
Reply to  PancakeLover
2 months ago

ASU certainly did have a decent morning in the 4IM, with 1-5, and then another 3 in the consol. But it would be quite surprising if they manage to hold on to the top 5 again tonight.

While it would be a shock if he gave Leon a serious challenge, Ron Polonsky of Stanford is probably favored for a podium finish. IMer/Breaststroker Polonsky was NS in the 2IM yesterday but was 5th in the 500 with a 6.38 sec PB at 4:17.73 (previous PB was from same meet last year). His PB in the 4IM is 3:39.49 from the 2022 PAC12s. Schlicht and Polonsky might have a great race for 2nd (Schlicht PB 3:39.59), but Matheson has a PB… Read more »

Frank Wilson
Reply to  dscott
2 months ago

ASU in men’s 400 IM; Marchand first 3:33.65 also took 2nd, 3rd, 5th 7th,

Andrew
2 months ago

They are so lucky this is at Greensboro aquatics center. Easily top 3 pool in the country.

Admin
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Easily, with a strong case for #1.

VA Steve
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

How would Knoxville compare?

PancakeLover
Reply to  VA Steve
2 months ago

The facility at Knoxville is top notch. Unfortunately, its in Knoxville.

K Childress
Reply to  PancakeLover
2 months ago

Unfortunately Knoxville had probably the worst air quality I’ve ever raced in

Shaq
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Iupui number 1 not even close

DMSWIM
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I haven’t been since 2016. Have they added more locker rooms? That was the only downside to Greensboro (although IUPUI wasn’t any better).

Swimswamswum
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Visited Greensboro once and was amazed by the quality of the aquatics center, especially given it’s not attached to a majority university like UT or Stanford. Out of curiosity, have they improved the air quality problems they were having at large sized meets?

Lol
Reply to  Swimswamswum
2 months ago

Awful air quality though

NC Fan
Reply to  Lol
2 months ago

air quality issues seem all resolved to me after spending literally weeks on deck there. Far cry from TAC for sure for an NC comparison