Held Splits 18.8 50 Free as NC State Men, Texas Women Win Dual Meet


  • Results
  • Hosted by University of Texas
  • Friday, November 4th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • NC State: 173.5
  • Texas: 126.5

Friday night in Austin, Texas saw some of the best swimmers in the country come together for a dual meet, as the Texas Longhorns hosted the NC State Wolfpack.

The men’s meet was packed with fast swimming from the first event: the 200 medley relay. NC State jumped out to the early lead, but Texas roared back with Joseph Schooling‘s 20.58 split on the fly leg. The Longhorns looked like they had control of the race, but the Wolfpack’s Ryan Held threw down a statement anchor split, powering his team to victory with an 18.85 freestyle leg.

Held also contributed individual wins as he dominated the men’s 50 free with a 19.49. That’s the 2nd time he’s dropped a 19.4 at a dual meet in the event so far this season. He then picked up another victory in the 100 free with a season-best 43.10.

A distance free showdown between NC State’s Anton Ipsen and Texas’ Clark Smith saw Ipsen smash the 9:00 barrier in the 1000 free. His winning time of 8:52.04 put him over 10 seconds ahead of Smith, who finished 2nd in 9:02.29. In the 500 free, however, Smith turned the tables with a 4:17.09 to take victory over Ipsen, who was also under 4:20 with a 4:19.05 for 2nd.

All-American Hennessey Stuart swept his signature backstroke races to help the Wolfpack to victory. He first clocked a winning 47.77, just out-touching Texas’ John Shebat (47.85) to win the 100 back. He then sealed the sweep with his 1:44.23 in the 200 back ahead of the Longhorn’s Jonathan Roberts (1:44.86).

Olympic champ Joseph Schooling made his 2016-17 debut for the Longhorns here, as he missed the first few couple of dual meets this season. Schooling took on his usual butterfly duties, swimming a 1:45.82 to take the 200 fly. He then led a Texas 1-2 in the 100 fly with teammate Jack Conger, as the butterfly duo finished in 46.93 and 47.60 respectively. Conger also brought in an individual victory for the Longhorns, winning the 200 free with a speedy 1:35.82.

Jack Conger switched up his event schedule for this meet, swimming the 100 and 200 freestyles instead of the butterflies. Conger charged to a Longhorn victory in the 200 free, where he posted a speedy 1:35.82.

The end of the meet was just as exciting as the start, as NC State and Texas were neck-and-neck heading into the final leg of the men’s 200 free relay. Texas chose Schooling as their anchor, while NC State assigned the anchor job to Held. Schooling had an advantage by just a tenth at the start, but Held once again broke through the 19-second barrier to outsplit Schooling. His 18.90 anchor split gave the Wolfpack a 1:18.86 victory, while Schooling’s 19.11 split had Texas just a few hundredths back in 1:18.90.


  • Texas: 166.5
  • NC State: 127.5

On the women’s side, Texas sprint standout Rebecca Millard swept the sprint free races to help her team to victory. In the 50 free, Millard touched the wall in 22.55, tying NC State freshman Ky-Lee Perry for the win. She then won the 100 free in 48.78, finishing almost a full second ahead of anyone else.

Longhorn backstroker Tasija Karosas and breast/IMer Madisyn Cox each brought home a pair of individual wins. Karosas battled with NC State All-American Alexia Zevnik, first winning the 100 back in 53.21 to Zevnik’s 53.51. They returned to the pool for the 200 back, where Karosas touched in 1:55.45 for another victory over Zevnik (1:56.12). Cox, on the other hand, swept the breaststroke races with her 1:00.39 in the 100 breast and 2:10.40 in the 200 breast.

NC State’s Hannah Moore continued her impressive showing in the distance events, dominating the 1000 free with her 9:35.51. She also finished seconds ahead of the field in the 500 free, winning the race in 4:43.13. Moore closed the meet with a strong display of her versatility, picking up a 4:15.35 victory in the 400 IM.

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7 years ago

Okay…. I looked at the results from this meet and who the heck is Jack McIntyre??? Kid has been on fire in the 1000. NC State distance crew is a real deal. Maybe the best in the country.

7 years ago

The freshmen guys of NC State really brought the heat this meet. Stewart with a solid 47 100 back and 1:45 200 back and Mcintyre with a 9:05 and 4:26 in the 1000 and 500, respectively. Don’t forget McGlaughlin as well with a quick 44.3 100 free and 19.5 50 free. Watch out for these guys

7 years ago

Anyone know why Licon was in, what, 200 free? Why not 100/200 breast or 200/400 IM? Some of the other comments bring up an injury, or is it just for him to race some freestyle for his IM later on?

Just a guy
Reply to  Person
7 years ago

He has a pretty bad groin injury and can not swim breaststroke

Bay City Tex
Reply to  Just a guy
7 years ago

Is it too early to worry about the 3-peat being in jeopardy? Injuries, motivation, etc…??

7 years ago

Wow How about the such faster swim down by NC State. Allreedy threwing down quiet the STATEment. I have the prediction they that will be undefeaeted the entire season and in title contetnion too win the NCAA national title at NCAA’s. Beating Texas almost 50 points is dominte and have no reel weakness to. This is just the begginging.

Reply to  WolfPack
7 years ago

Do you type like this on purpose? Almost seems troll like…

Reply to  PackAttack2017
7 years ago

Gotta be a carolina fan right?

7 years ago

UT swim center was packed this am, with UT and NCState both men and women sharing the pool at the same time…looked like each team had 4 lanes….both teams back to training!

tea rex
7 years ago

Wow, great meet for NC State. They have more depth than I realized.

Texas looking kind of flat. Seems like a couple years ago they had guys swimming NCAA-qualifying times at their intrasquad meet. All the absences can’t be a good sign either.

7 years ago

Some great swims from this meet! As a swim fan it’s awesome to see big times thrown down in season. However, people need to stop pretending like NC State did not rest at least a bit for this meet. It’s a huge boost to team morale when you can say you took down the best team in the country the past the 2 years. The coaches got them ready for this meet, and the swimmers will now take this energy to the rest of them.

DO NOT misunderstand stand me either. This isn’t a bad thing, or me bashing NCS, just making a point. Every team has their season plan. Additionally, some coaches are better at resting their swimmers mulitple… Read more »

Reply to  SamH
7 years ago

What makes the victory even sweeter is knowing that the Wolfpack was not rested. Some people simply refuse to believe and will always pull out the excuse card when their team doesn’t win.

Reply to  SamH
7 years ago

Many good early season swims, especially for a number of lesser-known NCSU swimmers. It seems to me that this meet was a match between a very pumped up Pack versus a team that was flat and injured. Eddie gave them permission to be lackluster — if he had wanted them to win, they could have. Texas will be there for the win at the NCAAs, but they will know that the Pack is on their heels all they way this year, the next and eventually NC State will win the big one. Yes I am a biased observer (from 7000km away) but I see the trends in what this team can do with lesser known recruits. Holloway may end up… Read more »

Reply to  Oldpackswimmer
7 years ago

Given that Holloway is an NC State alum I think it’s safe to say he isn’t leaving anytime soon.

Reply to  SamH
7 years ago

Wolfpack was not rested. I heard they went hard in the weight room and in the pool. Eyes are focused on the big prize in a few months.

Reply to  SamH
7 years ago

Wolfpack was not rested. I heard they went hard in the weight room and in the pool. Eyes are focused on the big prize in a few months.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

A 18.85 relay split means around 19.45/19.50 flat start.
He swam 19.49 in the individual event. Pure logic.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Not always swimming is pure logic, Bobo.

A lot of examples (many regarding Lezak, an extraordinary relay swimmer) in the main events, for instance McEvoy at Worlds2015: 46.60 relay-split and “only” 47.95 flat start in the 100 free final.

And in these in-season dual meets there is also the fatigue of multiple races and the load of training to consider.

So, great Held to cap his performances with a strong relay time and a successful recovery towards an Olympic champion and SC specialist like Schooling.

Reply to  paolo
7 years ago

What are you arguing, that a relay start doesn’t make a .7ish difference? You could give countless examples of instances where that didn’t happen but the fact is MOST of the time it does make about .7 of a difference and Bobo is correct. Also, the article title was referring to Held’s 18.8 split at the beginning of the meet where fatigue wasn’t as big of a factor. Either way, he wasn’t saying Held’s performance wasn’t impressive. He’s just saying it should be expected given his flat start times and he is absolutely right. Stop giving bobo crap over nothing.

Reply to  Markster
7 years ago

1) My tone/post was completely calm (please re-read it) and I have nothing against Bobo.

2) I’m a swimming fan and I talk about swimming, not against anyone, especially other swimming fans like Bobo (who is a great swimming fan and I appreciate him). I think that it’s pathetic what happened in this site against him

3) I thought that the relay was at the end of the meet. If that wasn’t true, sorry for my tremendous mistake, lol

4) Swimming is joy, there a lot of other things (unfortunately) to get angry, misunderstanding other opinions.

Reply to  paolo
7 years ago

Anyway, in my first post, I was considering the final medley relay (in which Held made that recovery towards Schooling) and his 18.90 split.
The 18.85 was swum in the first relay, right.
So, huge consistency at the beginning of the season by Ryan Held (18.85 and 18.90 relay splits, 19.49 in the 50, 43.10 in the 100) and stop to my comments in this site for a while.

Reply to  paolo
7 years ago

Sorry, not medley, but the final 200 free relay (in which Held made that recovery towards Schooling).
Stop to my comments for a long, long while, lol

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