UVA v NC State (Men)
- Saturday, January 22, 2022
- Aquatic & Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
- Dual Meet Format
- Live Results on Meet Mobile as “Virginia vs. NC State”
- Full Results
- Score: NC State 191, Virginia 104
Avoiding recent cancellations that other teams have seen this weekend due to Covid or weather concerns, the NC State Wolfpack made the short trek north to Charlottesville, VA, to take on the Cavaliers in their home pool in a battle of the top two teams from last year’s ACC and NCAA Championships.
While the UVA women easily handled their NC State counterparts, the tables were turned on the men’s side, as the Wolfpack defeated the Cavalier men by a score of 191 to 104, even with NC State forgoing points and exhibitioning events towards the end of the session. According to those at the meet, the vast majority of the competitors were wearing practice suits, with only a couple UVA seniors who will not be competing at ACCs wearing tech suits today.
Again, in a mirror image of the women’s meet, the NC State got rocking right away as the Wolfpack set the tone by setting a UVA pool record in the first event, the 200 medley relay. Kacper Stokowski led off in 21.24, followed by Rafal Kusto (23.96), Nyls Korstanje (19.97), and David Curtiss (18.97), a combined time of 1:24.14. That’s actually the exact same time NC State swam at last year’s ACCs championships, where they finished 6th in this event. Stokowski was only 0.06s slower today than he was at least year’s ACCs, while today the Wolfpack got faster unsuited fly and free splits than they got at ACCs.
NC State’s ‘B’ relay took 2nd in 1:24.97, with a 21.34 leadoff leg by Aiden Hayes, primarily known for his butterfly prowess, particularly standing out. UVA’s ‘A’ relay was almost another second behind at 1:25.72, with Noah Nichols‘ 23.80 breaststroke leg the only split on which a UVA swimmer was faster than a NC State swimmer.
The Wolfpack men kept rolling right into the first individual event, the 1000 free. Ross Dant led the way with a 8:58.20 as NC State swept the top four spots. Next, Luke Miller and freshman Sam Hoover finished 1-2 for the Wolfpack in the 200 free, going 1:34.39 and 1:35.40.
2021 ACC champion Kacper Stokowski then won the 100 back with a 46.15, as NC State swept the top three spots.
The 50 free proved to be a battle of underclassmen. NC State freshman David Curtiss got his hand on the wall first in 19.38, followed closely by UVA sophomores Matt Brownstead (19.50) and Matt King (19.61). Curtiss’ time set a new AFC pool record.
After the break, Miller and Hoover had another 1-2 finish, this time in the 100 free. Miller won in 42.93, followed by Hoover at 42.98, almost half a second ahead of the rest of the field.
Once again, it was Noah Nichols who managed to escape the NC State stranglehold, as the Cavalier completed the breaststroke sweep with a 1:56.68 win in the 200 breast.
Just as in the 1000 free, NC State swept the top four spots in the 500 free, and once again, Dant led the way, winning in 4:20.77. The Wolfpack immediately followed that win with another 1-4 sweep in the 100 fly, with Nyls Korstanje winning with a 46.02. Miller took 2nd in 46.52.
NC State exhibitioned the final individual event, the 200 IM, but Mikey Moore touched first with a 1:46.67. UVA’s Casey Storch touched 2nd with a 1:47.37, and was officially credited with the victory.
Bayne Bennett earned two wins for the Wolfpack on the diving boards, scoring 366.08 on the 1m board and 342.00 on the 3m.
While the score proved to be lopsided, UVA managed to finish the session on a high note as their ‘A’ relay set a new pool record in the 200 free relay in a thrilling race.
Brownstead led off in 19.52, followed by King (19.30), Grender (19.56) and August Lamb (19.45). NC State got a 19.51 leadoff from Curtiss followed by Korstanje (19.53), Henderson (19.07), and Giovanni Izzo (19.96), just get touched out by UVA, 1:17.83 to 1:17.97.