Ipsen Blasts NCAA-Leading 8:49 1000 Free as NC State Beats Texas


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  • Hosted by NC State
  • Friday, November 10th
  • 25 Yards
  • Dual Meet Format


The NC State Wolfpack hosted Big 12 powerhouse Texas on Friday at home. On the men’s side, the Pack took down the Horns by a large margin, winning 176 to 116. The Longhorns were dominant on the women’s side, taking the road win with 184 points to the Wolfpack’s 116.

  • MEN: NC State 176, Texas 116
  • WOMEN: Texas 184, NC State 116

ACC champion Ryan Held helped the men to victory with a sprint sweep. In the 50 free, Held was the only man to break 20 seconds, blowing away the field in 19.57. Held returned shortly after for the 100 free, using his front half speed to take the edge over teammate Justin Ress. He touched in 43.16, followed by Ress (43.56) and Texas’ Brett Ringgold (43.95). Ress picked up an individual win of his own in the 200 free, using his back half speed to break away from Texas’ reigning NCAA champion Townley Haas in 1:36.21 to Haas’ 1:37.67. Ress also had an impressive 18.98 anchor split on the 200 medley relay and a 43.22 leadoff split on the 400 free relay. Held took on the fly leg of the 200 medley relay with a 20.53 split and anchored the 400 free relay in 43.01.

The Wolfpack won all of the freestyles, with Anton Ipsen sweeping the distance races. Ipsen got the ball rolling in the 1000 free, blasting an 8:49.75 for the win and taking over 2 seconds off his lifetime best in the event. That makes him the fastest man in the NCAA this season by 10 seconds. He followed that up with another dominant performance in the 500 free. Ipsen crushed the field in a season best 4:18.84, followed by Texas’ Haas in 4:25.42. That’s the fastest 500 free in the NCAA this season outside of the USA vs. College Challenge.

Andreas Vazaios was another impact swimmer for NC State, picking up 2 individual wins. Vazaios trailed Texas butterfly star Joseph Schooling at the halfway point of the 200 fly, 49.45 to 49.98, but picked up the pace to swim by Schooling on the 3rd 50. He continued to push ahead, winning in 1:43.63 while Schooling (1:46.16) faded to 3rd behind NC State’s James Bretscher (1:44.84). That 200 fly time was the fastest we’ve seen in the NCAA this season outside of the USA vs. College Challenge. The Texas intrasquad, in which Schooling swam a 1:41, is not an official meet and does not count. Vazaios went on to blow away the field with a 1:45.98 in the 200 IM.

Schooling was back in action for the Longhorns after missing the 2nd day of their tri-meet with Florida and Indiana and being absent from their dual meet with Texas A&M altogether. He was the only individual event winner for Texas, turning in a 47.17 to top NC State’s Giovanni Izzo (47.93) in his signature 100 fly.

On the women’s side, Olivia Anderson helped the Longhorns to victory with a sweep of the breaststroke races. Anderson threw down a 1:01.53 in the 100 breast, leading from start to finish as she topped the field by over 2.5 seconds. In the 200 breast, she won a close battle with NC State’s Julia Poole. Anderson held a slight lead through the 100, but Poole battled back to take the lead with 50 yards to go. Down the final stretch, Anderson kicked it into another gear, outsplitting by Poole by half a second to win in 2:13.85 to Poole’s 2:14.19.

Remedy Rule also won a pair of events for the Texas women. In her first event, the 200 free, she put on a show with teammate Quinn Carrozza, as the battle came down to the last stroke. Rule led by just 3 tenths with 50 yards to go. Carrozza hammered home in 27.18, but fell just short to Rule as she ran out of room. Rule finished in 1:48.16, beating Carrozza (1:48.17) by a hundredth. Carrozza picked up an individual win of her own with a 1:56.08 in the 200 back. Rule returned for the 100 fly, using her back half speed to win another close race in 54.13 ahead of teammate Emily Reese‘s 54.28.

Reigning ACC champion Ky-Lee Perry swept the sprints for NC State. She put up the only sub-23 in the 50 free, churning out a 22.48 ahead of Texas sprint standout Rebecca Millard (23.06). In the 100 free, she used her front half speed to take the edge over Texas’ Claire Adams, holding Adams off to win it 49.31 to 49.39. Adams had won the 100 back earlier in the session, coming from behind to win in 53.57, followed by NC State’s Elise Haan in 53.90.


RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s & women’s swimming & diving team split its dual with Texas on Friday evening, as the fifth-ranked men overcame the three-time defending national champion No. 9 Longhorns while the No. 12 women fell to No. 7 UT inside the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center

 Team Scores
No. 5 NCSU 176, No. 9 Texas 116

No. 2 Texas 184, No. 12 NCSU 116

Quoting the Coaches
“Our guys are known to be very, very passionate,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “Whether it’s a great thing for us or it hurts us, we wear our heart on our sleeve every single time we compete. When you have the national champions come to your house you want the best out of yourself and each other, so they know if they’re going to inch closer to the big one in March they’re going to have to go through teams like Texas. The passion took over today for those guys.

This was a special day for our seniors given it was their last home meet. Hennessey Stuart had a great day, Anton Ipsen had a huge day; it’s the last time these guys are going to race in that pool. They wanted to leave it all out there as much as they could and obviously Ryan hasn’t done the 50 or 100 free all year and we waited for this meet to give him some different events and to unleash him. Overall it was a really good team performance.

The goal of the schedule was to battle-test the women to the point where they don’t care who they go against at any time, have any fear or any doubt. They’ve had the toughest stretch of anybody in college swimming with Stanford, Cal and Texas in a seven-day span. They don’t back down and they step it up. There were definitely some good performances; the two local girls Julia Poole and Kathleen Moore are swimming like veterans. Ky-lee Perry has had a really good fall; she’s made some adjustments and is experimenting with a few different races. She’s getting confidence and has had a great stretch.”

“The divers’ dove pretty well,” said diving coach Yahya Radman. “The men came to play; all of our guys hit their zone scores other than Holt Gray who missed by four points on one-meter and six points on three-meter. You’re diving against a national institution in terms of diving, so when the pressure was on I thought our boys dove well.

On the women’s side I thought Madeline dove well one the one-meter, holding her own against a Team USA member and a national champion so that will build some confidence going into the spring.”

Wolfpack Relays
The team of Coleman StewartJacob MolacekRyan Held and Justin Ress won the 200 medley relay in 1:25.94 seconds, an NCAA ‘B’ time. Elise HaanJulia PooleKrista Duffield and Ky-lee Perry finished second in the 400 medley relay thanks to their finish of 3:38.68 seconds.

In the 200 freestyle relay the Wolfpack took second; Ky-lee PerryKrista DuffieldVasiliki Baka and Lexie Lupton completed the event in a time of 1:30.89 seconds.

Top Individual Performances
Seniors Anton Ipsen and Ryan Held led from the front for the Wolfpack; Ipsen set a new pool record in the 1000 freestyle along with winning the event in a time of 9:04.93 seconds. He also took first in the 500 freestyle and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut thanks to his finish of 4:18.48 seconds. Held competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle events for the first time this season and did not disappoint; he won both in NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standard times of 19.57 and 43.16.

Hennessey Stuart also ensured his final night competing inside the Casey Aquatic Center was a memorable one with his time of 1:44.08 seconds in the 200 backstroke earning him the win along with an NCAA ‘B’ cut.

Justin Ress won the 200 freestyle and earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut, finishing in 1:36.21 seconds. Coleman Stewart triumphed in the 100 backstroke, finishing in the NCAA ‘B’ standard qualifying time of 47.30. Jacob Molacek took first-place in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 54.64, an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Andreas Vazaios also earned an NCAA ‘B’ cut as he won the 200 butterfly in 1:43.63 seconds while Patrik Schwarzenbach won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:01.04 seconds.

Ky-lee Perry continued her dominant fall as she won both the 50 and 100 freestyle events, earning NCAA ‘B’ cuts in both thanks to her times of 22.48 and 49.31.

It was a strong night on the boards for the Wolfpack as James BradyStewart Spanbauer and Harrison Mitchell all earned NCAA Zone qualification marks on the one-meter board thanks to their scores of 352.80, 333.00 and 323.10. Brady and Mitchell also earned NCAA Zone marks on the three-meter board, thanks to scores of 367.72 and 342.68.

Madeline Kline‘s score of 278.33 on the one-meter board was also an NCAA Zone mark.

NC State Event Winners
Men’s 200 medley relay: Coleman StewartJacob MolacekRyan HeldJustin Ress – 1:25.91#
Women’s 1000 freestyle: Hannah Moore – 9:37.44
Men’s 1000 freestyle: Anton Ipsen – 8:49.75
Men’s 200 freestyle: Justin Ress – 1:36.21#
Men’s 100 backstroke: Coleman Stewart – 47.30#
Men’s 100 breaststroke: Jacob Molacek – 54.64#
Men’s 200 butterfly: Andreas Vazaios – 1:43.63#
Women’s 50 freestyle: Ky-lee Perry – 22.48 #
Men’s 50 freestyle: Ryan Held – 19.57#
Women’s 100 freestyle: Ky-lee Perry – 49.31#
Men’s 100 freestyle: Ryan Held – 43.16#
Men’s 200 backstroke: Hennessey Stuart – 1:44.08#
Men’s 200 breaststroke: Patrik Schwarzenbach – 2:01.04
Men’s 500 freestyle: Anton Ipsen – 4:18.84#

  • # denotes NCAA ‘B’/Zone cut

Up Next
The NC State men’s & women’s swimming & diving team travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Invitational from Nov. 17-19 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavillion.


RALEIGH, N.C. – No. 9 Texas swept the two diving events and added three swimming victories, but host No. 5 N.C. State emerged with a 176-116 dual-meet win Friday evening at N.C. State’s Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center.

Texas freshman Jordan Windle opened the meet with a convincing win in the three-meter diving event. Windle took the victory with 465.60 points while his teammate, sophomore Jacob Cornish, placed second at 378.00. Cornish later wrapped up a diving sweep for the Longhorns with his winning mark of 382.12 points on one-meter.

Freshman JohnThomas Larson logged the top finish for Texas in the 1,000-yard freestyle with his third-place mark of 9:16.01. All-America junior Townley Haas added a second-place mark of 1:37.67 in the 200 freestyle, and All-America sophomore Ryan Harty notched a third-place time of 47.72 in the 100 backstroke.

Senior Joseph Schooling posted a third-place mark of 1:46.16 in the 200 butterfly, and his classmate Brett Ringgold took second in the 50 freestyle at 20.04. After a break in the swimming events, Ringgold returned to take third in the 100 freestyle at 43.95.

All-America senior Jonathan Roberts took a close second in the 200 backstroke at 1:44.21. Haas returned to clock a 4:25.42 for second place in the 500 freestyle. Schooling was victorious in the 100 butterfly at 47.17, and freshman Sam Pomajevich added a fifth-place mark of 49.41.

Roberts was victorious in the 200 IM at 1:54.11, and Ringgold, Schooling, sophomore Jacob Huerta and Haas teamed up to take the 400 freestyle relay in 3:01.10.

Texas concludes its weekend road swing Saturday at No. 22 North Carolina (11 a.m. CT).


RALEIGH, N.C. – No. 2 Texas (4-0) won 13 of 16 events and overpowered No. 12 N.C. State on its way to a 184-116 victory over the Wolfpack Friday evening at N.C. State’s Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center.

Texas opened the meet with a strong performance from its diving contingent, as junior Murphy Brombergclaimed the one-meter event with 301.95 points. UT added three third-place points from junior Sofia Rauzi (277.80) and two more points from NCAA champion Alison Gibson, who took fourth (274.43). Gibson locked up the diving sweep for the Longhorns with her winning total of 348.90 points on three-meter. Bromberg followed in second with 332.92 points and Rauzi placed third at 292.50.

The Longhorns opened the meet’s swimming portion with a convincing win in the 400-yard medley relay, where sophomore Claire Adams, junior Olivia Anderson, junior Remedy Rule and senior Rebecca Millard were victorious in 3 minutes, 36.13 seconds. All-America junior Joanna Evans led the Horns in the 1,000 freestyle with her second-place mark of 9:40.99.

Texas owned the 200 freestyle and took the top three spots in the final standings. Rule led the way in 1:48.16 while her classmate Quinn Carrozza finished just a hundredth of a second behind in 1:48.17. Freshman Evie Pfeifer rounded out the top-three in 1:48.44. Adams scored another win for the Longhorns with her 53.57 in the 100 backstroke.

Anderson led the 100 breaststroke from start-to-finish and took the win nearly three seconds clear of N.C. State’s Lindsay Morrow in 1:03.88. Sophomore Lauren Case led another one-two-three Texas finish, this time in the 200 butterfly. Case took the win in 1:59.86 while freshmen Victoria Edwards and Emily Reese took second (2:00.54) and third (2:00.96), respectively, as Texas opened up a sizable lead on the Wolfpack.

Anderson added another win for the Longhorns with her 2:13.85 in the 200 breaststroke. The Minnesotan trailed N.C. State’s Julia Poole with 50 yards to go, but she out-split Poole by half a second down the stretch to take the win. Evans put up another victory for Texas with her 4:42.28 in the 500 freestyle.

Texas clinched the meet victory over N.C. State with its 15 points in the 100 butterfly. Rule completed a Longhorns sweep of the butterfly events with her winning mark of 54.13 while Reese placed second at 54.28.

Pfeifer held off N.C. State’s Hannah Moore in the final 50 yards of the 400 IM and came away with an impressive win in 4:13.14. Texas capped the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, where Adams, Millard, junior Brooke Hansen and Rule finished in 1:30.71.

Texas wraps its road trip on Saturday with a visit to No. 21 North Carolina (11 a.m. CT).

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Wow a 1:43 at this time and nice 50’s by Held, fantastic fly split. Guess Desorbo leaving didn’t hurt them much


Guntoro is holding down the forth! He was ready for this position.


If this meet didn’t make it obvious Licon was the Longhorns best swimmer for 3 years


I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. While he was extremely valuable no doubt in a variety of different ways saying he’s the best swimmer for three years is pushing it. Most consistent yes I agree with that but not the best.


Sophmore year first in the 400 IM and 200 breast beating out at the time the fastest performer ever in the event while getting second in the 200 IM. Junior year again two first place finishes and again one second place. Senior year he wins every event he is in. So yeah I think its safe to say he was the most valuable and therefore their best. Also their relays would have floundered without him.


Relays would’ve also floundered without conger or without schooling so that statement isn’t valid since without any one of those three the relays are gone and schooling and conger more so because they swam on freestyle relays Licon only medleys. In terms of points contributed at ncaas conger was most valuable given licon as a freshman didn’t do nearly as much as conger did.


Without both of them sure, but they were interchangeable for butterfly, losing one of them wouldn’t hurt the relays that much.
4 year is the same as 3 years in your mind? For 3 years Licon was their best.


So when Texas wins without licon he’s still irreplaceable in your mind?


Let me make this easy for even you to understand, Schooling and Conger are basically the same, Schooling is a bit faster in the 50 Conger in the 100. No one can fill the breaststroke like Licon.

j pine

I think Schooling and Conger are more valuable in the sense that they contributed more relay wins, while also scoring individual points. Some of their insane times have also helped Texas win relays, and without them Texas wouldn’t have won. Here are some examples: 1. 400 medley (2015,2016) Schooling and Conger single-handedly caught Texas up with Cal, who were 2 seconds ahead after the breastroke, and both of them threw down insane splits (Conger in 2015 and Schooling in 2016) 2. 200 medley relay (2017) Schooling’s butterfly split brought them up to first place and was enough to hold Alabama off for the win 3. 400 free relay (2017) Texas were trailing Florida up until the anchor leg (I admit… Read more »


But they are replaceable for relays with each other. On the relays and in scoring points Licon is not.


Also is it hard for you to understand how individual points work? Licon outscored everyone individually for 3 years at Texas. Pretty sure he outscored Conger individually in the long run too. You might hurt Congers jock riding it so hard

samuel huntington

uberfan, conger clearly was just as valuable as licon. Don’t need to get so whipped up over this.


But he scored less individually and they could have won their medleys without him.


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