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North Carolina, a team who is coming off of a dominant win over the Virginia men and a big upset of the then-#6 UVA women, split their dual with in-state opponents NC State. The #5 Tar Heel women rolled on, taking down #12 NC State 155.5-144.5, as the #8 Wolfpack men dismantled #18 UNC with a final score of 180-118. The NC State men cap off their dual meet season UNDEFEATED.
The Wolfpack snatched a win away from the Tar Heels in the opening medley relay, as Riki Bonnema ran down UNC’s Ally Hardesty, 22.17 to 22.70, to win in 1:40.49, just ahead of UNC (1:40.53). Hellen Moffitt had an excellent lead off for the Tar Heels, touching in 25.01, although it was not enough, as the Wolfpack edged UNC on the next three relay legs.
The Tar Heels struck back, however, taking the next three events. First it was Emma Nunn in the 1000 free, touching over three seconds ahead of NC State’s Rachel Muller with a winning time of 9:54.49. Muller finished under ten minutes also, clocking a 9:58.09.
Danielle Silverling of UNC was out in 53.49, but pulled away with a strong 54.82 back half to take the 200 free (1:48.33) over NC State’s Natalie Labonge (1:49.56) and Hardesty (1:49.63). UNC capped off their three event win streak with a very solid performance from Moffitt, who won in 53.60, over a second ahead of 2nd place finisher Ashlyn Koletic of the Wolfpack, who touched at 54.87.
Moffitt put on a clinic today, as she was untouchable in her 200 backstroke win (1:56.49), the only swimmer to break two minutes. She also won the 100 fly in a tight race with Koletic, touching at 54.13 to Koletic’s 54.22. The Tar Heels had a few swimmers win more than one event, as Silverling followed up her 200 free win with a victory in the 500 free (4:49.68) and Nunn took the 200 fly (1:59.03), the only swimmer to break two minutes.
This was a close meet however, and NC State matched the Tar Heels with wins in the sprint freestyles and breaststroke events. Bonnema and Lauren Poli snagged 1st and 2nd rapid-fire, touching in 22.97 and 22.98, respectively. Labonge, who touched 2nd in the 200 free, won the 100 free (50.46) as Hardesty of UNC and Bonnema of NC State managed to tie for 2nd in 50.61. Kayla Brumbaum flew past the field in the 100 (1:01.88) and 200 breaststroke (2:15.87) without anyone coming threateningly close in either. She broke the pool record in the 100 breaststroke.
Addisynn Bursch took the 200 IM (2:01.44) for NC State (with a pool record), which carried momentum into the 400 free relay, as they toppled UNC, 3:19.37 to 3:22.29. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, that marked the end of the meet, and North Carolina came away with another big win. NC State did, however, shatter another pool record in this event. Diver Rachel Mumma won the 1 meter diving with a score of 322.32 to break the pool record and her own school record.
“It was a great battle, and even though our women came up short it was a great competition all around. We knew our women had a chance win today, but despite the loss we still had some big performances today and we look forward to continuing to progress and move into ACCs and NCAAs.” –Head Coach Braden Holloway
The NC State men were absolutely relentless against North Carolina. Not only did they win all but one event, but the Wolfpack went 1-2 in 5 individual events and 1-2-3 in an additional 2 individual events.
The highlight of the meet was Anton Ipsen‘s school record breaking 1000 free after NC State dominated the 200 medley relay with a pool record. Ipsen, who broke his personal best as well as the Casey Aquatic Center pool record last weekend against Minnesota in this event, shaved off more than three seconds to break his personal, pool, and the school records all in one fell swoop. He touched at 8:55.70, and is now the 2nd fastest 1000 freestyler in the country this season behind Tennessee’s Evan Pinion. Ipsen continued to impress with a 4:19.97 to win the 500 free by just over nine seconds and (you guessed it) broke the pool record.
Christian McCurdy and Simonas Bilis each won twice for the Wolfpack to join Ipsen as double winners. McCurdy took the 200 fly in pool-record fashion in 1:44.68, just holding off Dominick Glavich (1:44.87) of UNC. In the 200 breast, he again had that extra something to squeak ahead of teammate Derek Hren, as McCurdy touched in 2:01.33 to Hren’s 2:01.38. Bilis took the 50 free (19.80) and the 100 free (43.69), both times edging freshman sprinter and teammate Ryan Held.
Held, who was 20.02 in the 50 and 43.70 in the 100, nearly hit a lifetime best in the latter event, which is fairly uncommon for sprinters, ESPECIALLY in dual meet season. Held looks to contribute big time to the renowned Wolfpack relays as they head into championship season.
Andreas Schiellerup shattered a pool record in the 100 back, topping the field in 47.31. Teammate Hennessey Stuart touched in 2nd (47.66), and Stuart went on to dominate the 200 back with a winning time of 1:43.91.
In the 400 free relay, no NC State swimmer on the A relay swam above a 43.8, which is pretty mind-boggling for a meet in January. The highlight of the relay was Bilis, who popped a 42.53 on the 2nd leg. The Wolfpack won in 2:53.73, nearly five seconds ahead of UNC, taking down yet another pool record.
The Tar Heels didn’t have a bad meet, necessarily, but they simply could not match the ferocity of the Wolfpack. UNC’s Sam Lewis, who had the fastest fly split in the 200 medley relay (20.81), took the 100 fly in 47.44, holding off a charging Soeren Dahl (47.51) and putting up the sole swimming win for the Tar Heels.
“For our men it was a good team victory and great team effort. They came into today ready to go and were hungry to take on the Tar Heels. UNC’s a good team and our men were able to get ahead of them early and capitalize on our lead.” –Holloway
This meet marks the final dual meet for both teams, as they head into championship season, beginning with the women’s ACC Championships starting Wednesday, February 18th.