Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Ipsen Goes 8:52


Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

Swimming on the road in the frigid north this weekend, NC State senior Anton Ipsen brought the heat.

In the very first individual event of the team’s two-day dual meet with Wisconsin, Ipsen blasted an 8:52.87 to win the 1000 free and rise to the top of the NCAA by a wide margin.

Ipsen currently leads the NCAA ranks by 5.5 seconds and is one of just three swimmers to break nine minutes on the year. Further than that, his time is among the better in history in the 1000, and certainly one of the best October swims we’ve ever seen in that race.

Last year at NCAAs, Ipsen went 8:49.63 in his 1000 split in the 1650 at NCAAs. He would go on to take 7th overall. Of the six ahead of him, half graduate (national champ Clark Smith of Texas, open water star Jordan Wilimovsky of Northwestern and Wisconsin standout Matt Hutchins), leaving Ipsen in the hunt for an elite finish at NCAAs. Based on USA Swimming’s event rank system (which doesn’t always include intermediate splits from 1650s), Ipsen’s time would check in well within the top 25 swimmers in history, though Ipsen already ranks a bit higher than that.

NC State suffered a couple key graduations last season, but with Ipsen swimming well, the stage might be set for the Wolfpack to continue its rise into the NCAA’s top stratosphere – this year, likely a four-team tier with Texas, California and Florida.



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2 years ago

Does anyone know what the thing on his chest is the square thing and and what it does

ct swim fan
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

The diamond is something the men’s team does. It’s drawn on before meets. If you ever watch their team swim,
most everyone, if not everyone, has a diamond drawn in that position. The meaning, not a clue.

that guy
Reply to  ct swim fan
2 years ago

It is a tradition that the guys do it. No one from the team will tell you. Its a secret for the team.

Not on the team, deduction skills
Reply to  that guy
2 years ago

If it’s fully colored in then it means they’re fully tapered and if it isn’t colored in then they aren’t rested at all.

Jeremy lamb

Wrong!! Fake News.


Who told you this or how did you deduce this? I would like to see some evidence.

Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

If it’s not colored in it means they’re not fully rested

If it’s colored in they’re going all in for the meet (tapered)

Swag master10000000
Reply to  Nah
2 years ago

boooooooooo NAH booooooooo

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