LIVEBARN Race of the Week: UNCW Men Claim 200 FR Relay and Meet Against South Carolina

The NCAA season is back, and the dual meets are already electric.

The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks hosted the University of South Carolina Gamecocks over the weekend, and the men’s meet was a nail-biter. UNCW was trailing with two events left, but then freshman William Carrico won the 400 IM, meaning that the meet was going to be decided by the final event of the day–the 200 free relay.

In front of stands packed with fans cheering for the home team, Noah Sipowski, Jacob Duracinsky, Mac Russelland Kenneth Lowe clocked a 1:22.35, edging out the Gamecock relay (1:22.86) to deliver the Wilmington men’s first win over South Carolina since 2002.

Courtesy: Bobby Guntoro (via @bobbygunt on Twitter)

UNCW 200 Free Relay Splits

Swimmer Split
Noah Sipowski 21.11
Jacob Duracinsky 20.55
Mac Russell 20.34
Kenneth Lowe 20.35

South Carolina had the lead by three-hundredths after the first 50, and had widened the gap by the halfway mark. Russell powered the Seahawks to a lead of .11 seconds at the final exchange. Then, Lowe widened their lead on his anchor leg, securing the event and meet wins by .51 seconds.

Last season, these teams faced off in January; however, UNCW did race Tennessee at this same time last year, and this relay is 1.44 seconds faster than the 1:23.79 the team put up against the Volunteers. Sipowski is the only one of this quartet who was on last season’s relay, and he split 20.62 on the second leg.

Sipowski, Duracinsky, and Russell–a transfer from Kentucky–are all juniors, while Lowe is a senior. Sipowski was second in the 50 free at the 2023 CAA Championships in a personal best 19.92. Meanwhile, Duracinsky won both the 100 free (43.37) and 200 free (1:35.17). The Seahawk men are the two-time defending CAA champions.



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Sophie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, which means yes, she does root for the Bruins, but try not to hold that against her. At 9, she joined her local club team because her best friend convinced her it would be fun. Shoulder surgery ended her competitive swimming days long ago, …

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