NC State Men Trounce Texas and Arizona in Austin

by Robert Gibbs 40

February 01st, 2019 ACC, Big 12, College, News, Pac-12

Texas v. NC State and Arizona

  • Friday-Saturday, February 1-2, 2019
  • Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin Texas
  • Triple Dual Format
  • Live Results
  • Full Results
  • Scores: NC State 174, Texas 126; NC State 215, Arizona 83; Texas 213, Arizona 87

The NC State Wolfpack won in convincing fashion over the Texas Longhorns and Arizona Wildcats Friday afternoon in Austin.

The meet got underway with a back-and-forth battle in the 200 medley, as Texas trotted out a new lineup. Coleman Stewart led off with a 21.72 for NC State, while Ryan Harty was a half second behind at 22.23. Freshman breakout star Charlie Scheinfeld split 23.98 (on a 0.o6 RT) to Daniel Graber‘s 24.63, putting the Longhorns in the lead. But Nyls Korstanje threw down a 20.62 to the 20.88 Texas got from John Shebat, who had been swimming backstroke on the shorter medley relay most of the season. The Wolfpack had a tenth of a second lead heading into the anchor legs, and Justin Ress held off Tate Jackson, 19.03 to 19.49, to give NC State the victory, 1:26.00 to 1:26.56.

Texas’ B relay finished 3rd, with Daniel Krueger notably swimming breaststroke and splitting 25.65. He’d primarily been anchoring the Longhorns’ A relay this season, with Jackson taking fly duties.

The NC State ‘B’ relay touched in 3rd, with a time of 1:28.98, but was disqualified for “unsportsmanlike conduct,” with no further indication of what exactly that entailed. The Arizona A and Texas D relays were both disqualified for early takeoffs, as well.

It was largely a Wolfpack-dominated meet from there, as they won nine individual events, although somewhat unusually, no swimmer one more than one individual event.

NC State almost swept the freestyles, with the biggest wins, unsurprisingly coming in the 50 and 100 free, where Jacob Molacek (19.70) and Justin Ress (43.54) paced the Wolfpack as they swept the top four places in each event. Longhorn Tate Jackson, who busted out times of 18.70 and 41.06 at the Texas Invite a couple months ago, was 8th in the 50 free with a 20.85.

Andreas Vazaois (1:36.61) and Eric Knowles (9:02.94) took the 200 and 1000 in the first half of the meet, with Vazaois beating Townley Haas, who’s won this event at NCAAs three straight years, by four-tenths of a second.

Other Wolfpack winners:

  • Coleman Stewart – 100 back – 46.41
  • James Bretscher – 200 fly – 1:45.65
  • Rafal Kusto – 200 breast – 1:58.47
  • Nyls Korstanje – 100 fly – 47.22
  • Jack McIntyre – 400 IM – 3:53.66

The 400 free relay wrapped things up with a very fast in-season time of 2:53.25, with Vazaois (44.27), Ress (43.03), Molacek (42.83), and Stewart (43.12), all having excellent splits.

Texas looked a little beat up, as they often do during dual meets, and only got two individual event victories, with Scheinfeld winning the 100 breast in 54.03, and Harty taking the 200 back in 1:44.28.

Krueger led off the 400 free relay in 43.82, which was a faster than any Longhorn swam the individual 100 free.

The Arizona men were going to have their work cut out for them going up against the NC State and Texas juggernauts, and it didn’t help that they were missing their best sprinter, Chatham Dobbs. They did get a victory in the 500 free from Brooks Fail, who had a breakout meet here in Austin at the Texas Invite this season, and who won tonight in 4:22.65.

The three teams return to action tomorrow morning, although with a non-traditional event schedule that includes 25s, 75s, 150s, and 300s.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct DQ!? Anyone have more information?


Rafal is European & wasn’t aware that you cannot go under the lane lines. Was not unsportsmanlike, the poor boy just wasn’t aware of US rules


Thank you!

CT Swim Fan

I did not know that rule. Thanks


BR swam under the lanes to the side after his swim instead of getting out at the end of the lane. A UT football ref threw the yellow flag and turned on the mic to announce the infraction. Resulted in a Pack swimmer starting 15 yds behind In the 1,000.


somebody’s ready for the super bowl


NCST men are only 20 days out from ACCs. Texas men will largely swim through their conf meet and are almost 2 months out from NCAAs — those facts show up big time in a meet like this.


NC State men also scored more swimming points at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Texas men swam FAST at their long course invite.


There’s a reason it’s called Swimming & Diving. Winning is winning. There’s no trophy for “most swimming points”


Tired: “NC State is always tapered and will swim much worse at NCAAs than any of the REAL national powerhouses, like Texas and Cal.”
Wired: “NC State has proven time and time again that they can swim with the best of them at dual meets AND at NCAAs, outperforming the likes of Texas in swimming at last year’s competition.”

Joel Lin

Not sure why the comments suggest the point is negative. NCS is a fast squad, period. They will show up big when it counts. Texas is Texas – they will be there when it counts. I’d agree that it would be spurious to extrapolate anything from this meet. It’s a given that the Big12 meet is always nothing but glorified time trial sessions for Texas. In the other major conferences including the ACC the team meet means more. It’s fair to say that the Texas ringers are in *see ya in March* mode whereas the NCS guys are thinking in terms of 2 big meets – ACCs in Feb & NCAAs in March. I too find it humorous anyone thinks… Read more »


Thank you for your post. It amazes me how difficult it is for some people to understand swimming.

Pack Mack

Key point that Texas only has to manage one taper for the NCAA and can train right through the Big 12 meet. No competition for Texas there. NC State didn’t taper their big dogs for ACC’s but 2nd tier swimmers tapered. Makes it a bit harder for them to score points at NCAA’s

Ol' Longhorn

It always amazes me how Townley can be 8 seconds slower in a 90-ish second race two months out from NCAAs and make the drop with taper. That’s some serious old school, but effective, beat-the-hell-out-of-them-then-rest-them-and-pray work. Last year, I thought Eddie had finally pounded him too much when Pieroni beat Haas (pretty badly) on the lead off of the 800 free relay at NCAAs. Then Haas comes back and drops the 1:29 for the individual win.

JP input is too short

Yeah, that taper differential there is amazing to me.


I think it is not fair to the competition. Every year, Townley gives competition hope by swimming 1:37, on average, all season long, while napping half of the race. Just when they think the is the year they beat him, he wakes up and drops 1:29. I think he realizes it not fair and that is why he is taking Ethics class this semester.


I can believe it. I would drop over 20+ seconds in the 500, 6+ seconds in the 200 from my best in season times to conference championship taper. It all just depends on the body and training type.


It’s the Clark Smith philosophy. It’s better to lose by 20 seconds than 0.2.

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