ACC vs Big Ten College Challenge
- November 10-11, 2018
- West Lafayette, Indiana
- Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center
- Dual meet scoring format
- SCY (25y)
- Meet Central
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The first of two sessions of the ACC vs Big Ten College Challenge is set to get underway from Purdue University, with timed finals in eight different events slated for this evening. Individually, we’ll see the men and women contest the 400 IM, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 100 fly and 500 free, and we’ll also see the 400 medley relay at the beginning of the session and the 800 free relay to close things off.
Each event will only have one heat, with four swimmers from each team. The Big Ten have been assigned lanes 1, 3, 5 and 7, and the ACC will have 2, 4, 6 and 8. Full heat sheets for the session (and tomorrow’s) can be found here.
Women’s 400 Medley Relay
- B1G ‘A’, 3:25.71
- ACC ‘A’, 3:28.30
- B1G ‘B’, 3:31.60
The Big Ten ‘A’ team kicked the meet off with a win in the women’s 400 medley relay, registering a time of 3:25.71 to beat ACC’s ‘A’ squad by two and a half seconds.
They had the top backstroke split in the field from Beata Nelson (50.86), the top breast leg from Lilly King (56.92) and then the top fly split from Maggie MacNeil (50.66). Siobhan Haughey anchored them in 47.27, and Mallory Comerford had the top freestyle leg in the field in 45.97 for the ACC. She was joined by Elise Haan (51.90), Mariia Astashkina (59.29) and Grace Oglesby (51.14). Nelson’s back leg also stands up as the fastest in the NCAA season by almost a full second.
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
- ACC ‘A’, 3:06.10
- B1G ‘A’, 3:06.47
- B1G ‘B’, 3:06.95
The ACC was the first to get on the board on the men’s side, winning the 400 medley relay with their ‘A’ team in 3:06.10 over Big Ten ‘A’ (3:06.47) and ‘B’ (3:06.95).
Coleman Stewart led them off in 45.35, improving on his NCAA-leading 100 back time of 46.26, and then Valdas Abaliksta (52.64), Kanoa Kaleoaloha (46.38) and Justin Ress (41.73) brought them home. Ress was the fastest in the field on the anchor.
Big Ten’s top team was made up of three Hoosiers, with Gabriel Fantoni (46.13), Ian Finnerty (52.03) and Vini Lanza (45.47) handing off to Ohio State’s Ruslan Gaziev (42.84). Max McHugh (51.16) and Zach Apple (42.05) were both faster on breast and free for their ‘B’ team.
Women’s 400 IM
B1G senior Bailey Andison made a big push on the back half of the women’s 400 IM to narrowly edge out ACC freshman Emma Muzzy, using a 26.77 last 50 to win by just four one-hundredths in a time of 4:05.56. Muzzy was 4:05.60, while Ally McHugh (4:07.89) and Kristen Romano (4:11.74) took 3rd and 4th for some more valuable Big Ten points.
Andison, Muzzy and McHugh’s times were the top-3 in the nation so far this season, and the first three to break 4:10. Through two events the Big Ten women lead 27-9.
Men’s 400 IM
ACC junior Samy Helmbacher used strong back and free legs to win the men’s 400 IM in a time of 3:44.43, fending off Tommy Cope (3:45.80) of the Big Ten who had the fastest breast split in the field. ACC freshman Marci Barta, who had the top time in the country coming into this event in 3:49.75, took 3rd in 3:45.95, as the top-5 finishers were all under his old NCAA-leading time.
With a 1st, 3rd and a 5th, the ACC men grow their lead to 24-12 after two events.
Women’s 100 Free
Almost dead even at the 50, Mallory Comerford edged out Siobhan Haughey on the back half to win the women’s 100 free for the ACC, clocking 46.96 which improves on her nation-leading 47.57 from the SMU Classic. Haughey’s 47.09 puts her 2nd in the country.
Catie Deloof took 3rd to give B1G a 2-3 finish, though their lead was cut down to 15 (34-21).
Men’s 100 Free
Seniors swept the top-5 spots in the men’s 100 free, with Jacob Molacek of the ACC edging out Big Ten’s Zach Apple for the win in 42.63. Apple was 2nd in 42.75, and Justin Ress (43.05) of the ACC and Bowen Becker (43.25) of the Big Ten were also under the previous NCAA leading time of 43.40.
The ACC extended their lead to 37-18.
Women’s 200 Back
After leading off the Big Ten’s relay with the fastest 100 back in the NCAA this year, Beata Nelson did the same in winning the 200 back in a time of 1:51.85, out-splitting everyone in the field on all four 50s.
Men’s 200 Back
Andreas Vazaios and Nicolas Albiero made it a 1-2 finish for the ACC in the men’s 200 back, with Vazaios’ blistering 25.20 third 50 giving him the lead over early leader Cameron Tysoe of the Big Ten before coming home for a final time of 1:41.62. Albiero made a big push on the last 50, splitting 25.74, as he just ran out of room to catch Albiero and finished just .08 back in 1:41.70.
Tysoe took 3rd in 1:41.96, with teammates Fantoni (1:43.34) and Mohamed Samy (1:43.38) 4th and 5th for the Big Ten. The ACC extended their lead to 50-24.
The top-6 finishers slot in as the 2nd through 7th fastest swimmers in the NCAA this season, only trailing Patrick Mulcare (1:40.75) of USC.
Women’s 200 Breast
American Record holder Lilly King led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Big Ten in the women’s 200 breast, pulling away from teammate Calypso Sheridan on the last 50 with a 32.77 split. She put up a time of 2:06.81 for the top time in the country, and also got her under the ‘A’ cut of 2:06.94.
Men’s 200 Breast
Keefer Barnum (1:56.99) and Evgenii Somov (1:57.55) got 3rd and 4th for the ACC, while Ian Finnerty of the Big Ten was notably DQed for a non-simultaneous touch (would’ve been 7th in 2:00.92). The ACC lead is now 60-33.
Women’s 100 Fly
Maggie MacNeil, a Michigan freshman representing the Big Ten, destroyed the women’s 100 fly field in 50.09, answering Louise Hansson‘s 50.40 from earlier today. That puts her 1st in the country, and Grace Oglesby of the ACC improved her season-best by .01 to remain 3rd in the NCAA.
Another win gives the Big Ten women a lead of 80-32.
Men’s 100 Fly
Vini Lanza and Coleman Stewart, who came into tonight tied for the 2nd-fastest time in the country in the men’s 100 fly in 47.14, went to battle tonight with Lanza prevailing in a time of 46.06. That rockets him past Zach Harting (46.93) for the top time in the nation, and Stewart (46.22), Kanoa Kaleoaloha (46.35), and Michael Salazar (46.92) also passed Harting.
The ACC lead dipped a bit, down to 67-45.
Women’s 500 Free
Ally McHugh out-sprinted Big Ten teammate Rose Bi to win the women’s 500 free in a time of 4:39.63, putting her 1st in the country as she passes Comerford’s 4:40.33. Bi (4:39.79) also got by that mark, while Mackenzie Padington took 3rd in 4:42.64 for a B1G podium sweep.
That gives them a decisive 94-37 lead.
Men’s 500 Free
Felix Auboeck and Zach Yeadon went mano a mano in the men’s 500, with Yeadon holding the advantage at every single checkpoint until the final 100 when Auboeck turned on the jets to steal the win in 4:13.06. That puts him 1st in the NCAA, with Yeadon’s 4:13.68 good for 2nd, overtaking USC’s Victor Johansson (4:17.06).
Ricardo Vargas, who came in with the #2 time in the country at 4:19.92, improved on that in 4:17.40 to give the Big Ten a 1-3 finish. Outscoring the ACC 13-5 here, the Big Ten now only trails by 13 (72-59).
Women’s Platform Diving
The Big Ten swept the top-4 positions in platform diving (only 3 count for scoring), led by Olivia Rosendahl of Northwestern who put up a massive 317.40 points. Kristen Hayden and Christy Cutshaw took 2nd and 3rd as they now hold a 70-point advantage over the ACC, 110-40.
Men’s 3 Meter Diving
Briadam Herrera of the ACC prevented a sweep with a 3rd place finish with a score of 397.75, but the 1-2-4 finish for the Big Ten brought them within two points (down 76-74) heading into the 800 free relay after they trailed by 13 after the 500.
Women’s 800 Free Relay
- B1G ‘A’, 6:58.30
- ACC ‘A’, 7:00.43
- B1G ‘B’, 7:10.07
The Big Ten women continued their domination to finish off the first session of the meet with a win in the 800 free relay, clocking 6:58.30 as their ‘A’ team beat out ACC’s (7:00.43).
The ACC led by two and a half seconds heading into the anchor leg, thanks in part to a blistering 1:41.89 leg from Mallory Comerford swimming 2nd, but Siobhan Haughey managed to run down Paige Madden to earn the win for the Big Ten with a final split of 1:42.88. She was joined by Rose Bi (1:46.54), Catie Deloof (1:43.81) and Chantal Nack (1:45.07).
Joining Comerford on the ACC team was Morgan Hill (1:46.59), Abby Dolan (1:44.49) and Madden (1:47.46).
The 1-3 finish capped a fantastic first session for the B1G women, as they lead 123-44 heading into day 2.
Men’s 800 Free Relay
- B1G ‘A’, 6:18.68
- ACC ‘A’, 6:20.16
- ACC ‘B’, 6:26.54
The two teams had their ‘A’ teams go to war in the men’s 800 free relay, with the ACC holding a slight advantage heading into the final exchange.
Paul DeLakis had a notable 1:35.66 split for Big Ten’s ‘B’ team, but all four of ACC’s ‘B’ swimmers went 1:36 to give them 3rd place in 6:26.54 (with Big Ten 4th in 6:27.83). There was another sub-136 from Christian Ferraro (1:35.91 anchor) for ACC’s ‘C’ team.
At one point down 27 points, the Big Ten men now lead heading into day 2 by three points, up 85-82.