NC State Women Win Nailbiter Over Virginia By 6 Points


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  • Saturday, January 28th
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  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • WOMEN- NC State 153, Virginia 147
  • MEN- NC State 177, Virginia 109

The battle between the NC State and Virginia women came down to the very end of the meet on Saturday, as the Wolfpack secured victory by 6 points with their win in the 200 free relay. Freshman Ky-Lee Perry led off the relay with a 22.23 for a new 50 free Pool Record, followed by teammates Krista Duffield (22.09), Lotta Nevalainen (22.29), and Natalie Labonge (22.16). Their winning time of 1:28.77 was an NCAA ‘A’ cut time.

Individually, Perry swept the sprints with a 22.46 in the 50 free and a 48.96 in the 100 free. All-American teammate Alexia Zevnik was also a multiple individual event winner, starting with the 200 free. Zevnik charged through the final 50 yards with a 26.46 split to run down Virginia’s Morgan Hill, winning in 1:47.42 to Hill’s 1:47.45. She returned to the pool for the 200 back, winning in 1:56.41.

On the men’s side, NC State dominated en route to a 177-109 victory. They had several swimmers win multiple events, including Ryan Held (200 free, 100 free), Hennessey Stuart (100 back, 200 back), Derek Hren (100 breast, 200 breast), and Anton Ipsen (500 free, 1000 free). Held posted a quick 19.34 as the 200 free relay leadoff, combining with teammates Justin Ress (19.18), Joe Bonk (20.03), and Andreas Schiellerup (19.69) to win in 1:18.24.

Inidividually, Held got the ball rolling in the 200 free, swimming to a 1:35.66 victory ahead of teammate Andreas Vazaios (1:36.94). He also won the 100 free in 42.77, leading a 1-2 finish with Soeren Dahl (43.88). Backstroker Stuart also put up a highlight swim with a 1:43.44 to beat out teammate Ress (1:44.13) in the 200 back.


RALEIGH – The No. 3/9 NC State swimming and diving team closed out its weekend of ACC action on Saturday evening inside Casey Aquatic Center with a sweep over No. 13/5 Virginia, as the men earned a 177-109 win and the women pulled out a 153-147 victory.

This marked a sweep over the weekend for the men and women as the teams took down ACC rival UNC-CH on Friday. NC State collected 24 wins out of the 32 events contested, including seven event sweeps.

Quoting The Coaches
“I thought it was a great day, especially with it being Senior Day,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “Last night we had a lot of emotion and the goal for today was to re-create the atmosphere, which can be hard to do but they did it. Overall it was a great team effort, especially for the ladies. We knew it was going to be a good meet with Virginia and was proud of how they fought tonight.

“With this being Senior Day – this class is very special to this program. They have really helped to create the culture that we have both in the pool and in the classroom. The way they conduct themselves everyday has really helped to grow this team and we owe a lot to them.”

“The system is in place, and what I saw today was a very promising future for Wolfpack diving,” said head diving coach Yahya Radman. “We made big contributions to our swimming counterparts, we’re moving in the right direction and the momentum is being built. I’m very proud of the team, but Harrison (Mitchell) had a phenomenal meet and really led our team in the way I knew he could. On the women’s side the girls battled tooth and nail for every point they earned, and the excitement for each other is one of the best. I look forward to getting back to work and seeing where this team will take us and what their legacy will be when they leave.”

Wolfpack Relays
NC State managed to start the meet off on a high note with wins in the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay. The women’s team of Alexia Zevnik, Kayla Brumbaum, Natalie Labonge and Ky-Lee Perry touched in 3:35.06, and the men’s squad of Andreas Vazaios, Derek Hren, Soren Dahl and Joe Bonk stopped the clock at 3:12.28.

Heading into the 200 free relay the women’s team trailed by three points, but the team of Perry, Krista Duffield, Lotta Nevalainen and Labonge turned in an NCAA A time of 1:28.77 to seal the meet win over the Cavaliers.

In the men’s 200 free relay the squad of Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Bonk and Andreas Schiellerup posted the fastest time of the event in 1:18.24.

Top Individual Performances
On the men’s side the endurance speed crew continued its hot streak throughout the weekend, as Anton Ipsen touched first in the men’s 1000 free in 8:57.25 and Adam Linker and Jack McIntyre completed an event sweep with marks of 9:03.83 and 9:05.27, in respective order. Ipsen and Linker earned a one, two finish in the 500 free after touching the wall at 4:22.54 and 4:24.93.

The men picked up their second sweep of the evening in the 200 free, as Held touched first in 1:35.66 and Vazaios and Ress rounded out the top three with times of 1:36.94 and 1:37.32.

The third sweep for the men’s team came in the 100 backstroke. Hennessey Stuart placed first in 47.35 while Coleman Stewart and Schiellerup came in second and third with times of 47.48 and 47.96.

In the 50 free NC State’s men earned their fourth sweep of the dual as Schiellerup, Bonk and Johnson posted times of 20.21, 20.34 and 20.38, in respective order. The fifth was in the 200 breast as Hren won with a mark of 2:00.94 and Dahl and Schwarzenbach finished second and third with times of 2:01.31 and 2:02.85.

In addition to the men’s squad’s dominance across the board in the swimming events Hren managed to sweep the breaststroke events as he touched at 54.91 in the 100, while Stuart won both backstroke events after stopping the clock at 1:43.44 in the 200.

Harrison Mitchell had an impressive outing on the diving boards as he won the men’s one-meter dive with a score of 320.55 and turned in the top score in the three-meter event with a mark of 351.08. James Brady and Stewart Spanbauer additionally posted strong scores on both events to complete event sweeps.

On the women’s side Perry and Zevnik each picked up two individual wins, as Perry swept the 50 (22.46) and 100 free (48.96) and Zevnik touched first in the 200 free (1:47.42) and 200 back (1:56.41).

In the distance events Hannah Moore and Rachel Muller finished second and third behind UVa’s Olympian Leah Smith with times of 9:37.33 and 10:00.92, respectively. The duo also took second and third in the 500 free behind Smith with times of 4:42.60 and 4:54.14.

Moore ended her showing on a high note as she cruised to a win in the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.69.

Elise Haan and Courtney Caldwell picked up valuable points in the women’s 100 back, turning in a one, two finish with times of 54.13 and 54.57.

In the women’s diving events Madeline Kline was the top finisher on both boards, placing second with a score of 301.05 on three-meter and 280.88 on one-meter.

NC State Event Winners
Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Zevnik, Brumbaum, Labonge, Perry – 3:35.06
Women’s 400 Medley Relay: Vazaios, Hren, Dahl, Bonk – 3:12.28
Men’s 1000 Free: Anton Ipsen – 8:57.25
Women’s 200 Free: Alexia Zevnik – 1:47.42
Men’s 200 Free: Ryan Held – 1:35.66
Women’s 100 Back: Elise Haan – 54.13
Men’s 100 Back: Hennessey Stuart – 47.35
Men’s 100 Breaststroke: Derek Hren – 54.91
Men’s 200 Fly: James Bretscher – 1:45.51
Women’s 50 Free: Ky-Lee Perry – 22.46
Mens’ 50 Free: Andreas Schiellerup – 20.21
Men’s 1M Dive: Harrison Mitchell – 320.55
Women’s 100 Free: Ky-Lee Perry – 48.96
Men’s 100 Free: Ryan Held – 42.77
Women’s 200 Backstroke: Alexia Zevnik – 1:56.41
Men’s 200 Backstroke: Hennessey Stuart – 1:43.44
Women’s 200 Breast: Kayla Brumbaum – 2:10.88
Men’s 200 Breast: Derek Hren – 2:00.94
Men’s 500 Free: Anton Ipsen – 4:22.54
Men’s 100 Fly: Andreas Vazaios – 47.67
Women’s 400 IM: Hannah Moore – 4:10.69
Men’s 400 IM: Anton Ipsen – 3:51.91
Women’s 200 Free Relay: Perry, Duffield, Nevalainen, Labonge – 1:28.77
Men’s 200 Free Relay: Held, Ress, Bonk, Schiellerup – 1:18.24

Up Next
NC State will return to action when select members of the team travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Carolina College Nike Invitational, hosted by UNC-CH Feb. 3-5.


RALEIGH, N.C.—The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to NC State in the final dual meet of the season Saturday (Jan. 28) in Raleigh, N.C.

The No. 5 Virginia women (6-1) fell to No. 9 NC State (3-1) in a hotly contested meet, 153-147, while the No. 13 Cavalier men (5-2) dropped the meet, 177-109, to No. 3 NC State (4-0).

“We knew this would be a stiff challenge for the men and women, but majority of people embraced it and competed well,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “It was a great dual-meet season for us. Now it is time to get some rest and put the focus on the meets that really matter to us and the program, ACCs and NCAAs.”

The women’s meet came down to the final race where NC State captured the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.77-1:29.84.

Virginia’s women won seven events on the day, including two each by senior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.). Smith won the 500 free (4:40.41) and the 1,000 free (9:32.67), while Jones captured the 100 fly (53.36) and 200 fly (1:55.93). Senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) in the 100 breast (1:00.59).

The other two wins came from sophomore Kirsten Parkinson (Stamford, Conn.), who swept the diving events. Parkinson won the 1-meter event with a score of 281.78 and the 3-meter event with 310.05 points.

“It was a great job by Kirsten today,” UVA head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “I’m very proud of her effort and she threw down a new dive very few women can do. Overall, we did some good things, but we are still working on consistency. Moving forward, I know we have put in the work and have set ourselves up well for ACCs.”

On the men’s side, senior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) touched second in the 400 IM in 3:55.49, while sophomore Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) finished second in the 200 fly in 1:46.97.

Next up is the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships Feb. 13-16 in Atlanta, Ga. The ACC Men’s Swimming Championships will also be held in Atlanta Feb. 27-March 2.

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6 years ago

Neither team rested that’s ridiculous. Both were tired. NCSU just rose up more. I still think at ACCs UVA beats NCState. Just my opinion

6 years ago

I’ve been trying to figure out what it is about NC State that is so impressive, and I think it boils down to their enthusiasm for the sport and for each other. Watching their duals this season and seeing how animated the team, the coaches, and the crowd (in the small Casey Natatorium stands) gets for each other, and how invested everyone seems to be in everyone else’s success is just amazing. That’s just something you don’t see a lot from college teams and I think is paramount to their recent successes. It’s clear the men care about not just how the men do, but how the women’s team is doing as well, and vice versa. All in all, the… Read more »

6 years ago

UvA and uNc are in the same tub of lukewarm water. N C STATE is HOT and HITTING on all Cylinders!

bobo gigi
6 years ago

36 comments before me.
Once again, NC State magic on swimswam.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Swimswam is the genius of media for all things swimming and, right now, NC STATE is the “it” college team to watch! Nice combo.

6 years ago

What you all fall to recognize is that NC State doesn’t get the top recruits like many of the top teams at NCAA. Although I admit it has gotten better in the last year or 2. The coaching staff is able to see the potential in a swimmer and then they find the magic formula to get some pretty amazing results. You can’t compare them to Cal, Stanford or Texas because those schools start with great swimmers. NC State swimmers have worked their butts off to get where they are and they deserve to be recognized for it. They were not tapered or shaved, they were just ready. Maybe it’s what UVA needed, they now know it’s not going to… Read more »

6 years ago

Always find it funny how sore losers will say they lost because the other team rested. UVA just needs to get over the fact they simply aren’t as good NC State. When NC State beats UVA at ACCs will be the quiet the #STATEment

Swim fan
Reply to  WolfPack
6 years ago

I think you were reading a different article. Neither press release nor the swimswam story had a comment about either team being rested or tapered.

Reply to  Swim fan
6 years ago

Scroll down and read the comment from “Someone” who certainly claims that NC State and will not be a threat at NCAA meet because they rested for this dual meet.

6 years ago

am i shocked by the outcome? no, UVa hasn’t had any really competition this year. Haven’t had to fight for whats theirs. Maybe they can turn it around for accs. State poses a threat to the conference now. really riveting stuff.

Reply to  CartmanOnTheCouch
6 years ago

UVa women that is

Reply to  CartmanOnTheCouch
6 years ago

Why would anyone think that UVA would have a chance to hold off NC State next month? After all, Augie in his infinite wisdom back in 2013 stated that the only meet that matters is the NCAA meet in March. The talent gap has shrunk between UVA and the rest of the conference. There is no way that he can lead them to victory training though the ACC meet.

Sir Swimsalot
6 years ago

Man, NC State and It’s fans is all bark and no bite.

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
6 years ago

And what exactly does “no bite”mean

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
6 years ago

How many programs in the nation can say their men and women finished in the top 10 at NCAA? 4th and 9th? That’s a MASSIVE BITE if you asked me…

Look, I am NOT NC State fan here… But I respect what the Wolfpack coaching staff has done over the past 6 years. This young staff has been very impressive with their energy and knowledge in our sport. NCAA needs a new team to fight for the team championship in March… I sure will cheer for the underdog like State. It’s been boring to just hear about Cal and Texas on the men’s side… We need more teams from the East Coast!

Reply to  Swimfan
6 years ago

To answer your question, Georgia, Cal, and Indiana also had both men’s a women’s teams in the top 10 at 2016 NCAAs. If you go to the top 11, you can add in Louisville and Mizzou. In this year’s CSCAA rankings, Texas and Stanford also have both programs in the top 10. Not to take anything away from NC State, but having both a men’s and women’s program in the top 10 is not a rarity among teams that have at least one team in the top 10.

Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

I really don’t care about the CSCAA rankings. Let’s all be honest, we all care about how each coaching staff prepare their team (men and women) to perform at the highest level at NCAA. Out of ALL TEAMS in the NCAA only total 4 teams have men’s and women’s finished at the top 10… that’s very RARE! How many teams are they at the NCAA div 1 level? A LOT… being in the top 10 is a great accomplishment and kudos to these coaches!

If you want to take it a step further, how many of us even knew that NC STATE has a swim team? This is why I respect NC STATE coaching staff. They’ve done special things… Read more »

Reply to  Swimfan
6 years ago

I only included Stanford and Texas because the NCAA results from last year don’t accurately reflect the talent of the Stanford men and Texas women this season. I agree that NC State’s rise to being national contenders in impressive. Frankly, I root for them to do well, so I don’t disagree with you there.
Also, it’s “writing” not “writting.”

Reply to  dmswim
6 years ago

And last time I check, top 10 isn’t equal as top 11 or 15… so not as impressive

Reply to  Swimfan
6 years ago

I never referred to the top 15…

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