Kicking things off in fast fashion was the NC State Wolfpack tearing up the pool in the men’s 200 medley relay at last night’s ACC Championships.
Firing out of lane 2, the foursome of Hennessey Stuart, Derek Hren, Simonas Bilis and Ryan Held crushed the meet and conference record, touching in 1:23.19 to win the event for the 3rd straight year.
As originally reported by Braden Keith:
200 MEDLEY RELAY – TIMED FINALS
- North Carolina State – 1:23.19 (ACC Meet, Conference Record)
- Louisville – 1:24.01
- North Carolina – 1:24.01
For the 3rd-straight year, the North Carolina State Wolfpack men have won the 200 medley relay at the ACC Championships. The team of Hennessey Stuart (21.22), Derek Hren (23.54), Simonas Bilis (20.27), and Ryan Held(18.16) have combined for a record-crushing 1:23.19 that clears the meet and conference records of 1:23.78 set by an entirely different Wolfpack foursome in 2014.
The 18.16 anchor by Held was the highlight of the relay, as he kept dangerously close to joining Vlad Morozov as the only swimmers under 18 seconds on a 50 free relay split.
The overall relay time is the fastest in the country by half-a-second, clearing the Florida Gators, and pending further results on Wednesday evening.
Louisville took 2nd in 1:24.01, while North Carolina was 3rd in 1:24.70. North Carolina’s Sam Lewis had the low split* on the 50 fly (20.26), and Duke’s Peter Kropp was 23.43 on their breaststroke leg as Duke became the 4th relay to qualify for NCAA’s.
*Note – splits on Louisville’s 2nd-place relay had errors.