Virginia Tech’s Blake Manoff Discusses 4th-Place Team Finish at ACCs (Video)


  • When: Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, February 29th Prelims 10:00 am | Finals 6:00 pm (1650 prelims Saturday at 4:00 pm)
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: North Carolina State University (NC State) (29x, 5th-straight) (results)
  • Streaming: ACC Network
  • Championship Central: Here
  • Detailed Timeline: Here
  • Psych Sheets: Here
  • Live Results


Reported by Robert Gibbs.



  • ACC record: 44.46 – Coleman Stewart (NC State), 2019
  • ACC meet record: 44.79 – Ryan Held (NC State), 2018
  • 2019 champion: Kanoa Kaleoaloha (Florida State), 44.93
  1. Nick Albiero (Louisville) – 44.86
  2. Coleman Stewart (NC State) – 44.92
  3. Nyls Korstanje (NC State) – 45.47

Coleman Stewart was hunting for his first ACC title in this event after finishing 2nd the last two year, and at first he looked like he was going to be successful. He went out in 20.72, and looked to be in control at the final turn. Nick Albiero, who had the fastest time in prelims (43.83), appeared to be a little long on the first turn, and was 0.19s behind Stewart at the halfway point. But Albiero stormed home down the final few yards and managed to get to the wall just ahead of Stewart, 44.86 to 44.92.

Both men were faster than last year, when Stewart took 2nd in 45.09, and Albiero took 4th in 45.37.

NC State still earned big points in this event, as Nyls Korstanje took 3rd in 45.47,  new personal best for him, after taking 9th here last year. The Wolfpack also got a 5th place finish from Noah Hensley (45.71) and an 8th place finish from Luke Sobolewski (46.56).

Virginia Tech took 4th and 7th with the efforts of Blake Manoff (45.60) and Antani Ivanov (45.77). Pitt’s Blaise Vera almost perfectly matched his time from this morning (46.22 tonight vs 46.21 this morning) to take 6th.



  • ACC record: 1:38.57 – Andreas Vazaois (NC State), 2019
  • ACC meet record: 1:40.51 – Nick Albiero (Louisville), 2020
  • 2019 champion: Nick Albiero (Louisville), 1:40.70
  1. Nick Albiero (Louisville) – 1:38.65
  2. Blake Manoff (Virginia Tech) – 1:40.48
  3. Antani Ivanov (Virginia Tech) – 1:41.01

Nick Albiero came within a tenth of a second of the overall conference record, blasting a 1:38.65 that moves him up to #1 in the nation this season. That’s Albiero 2nd-straight victory in this event, completes the fly sweep this week, and breaks his own conference meet record from this morning.

Virginia Tech swept the next two spots. Blake Manoff moves to #3 this season with a 1:40.48, a NCAA ‘A’ cut, and Antani Ivanov took 3rd here for the second season in a row with his time of 1:41.01.

UVA’s Ted Schubert, who swept the IMs over the last two days, touched 4th here with a 1:41.34. That’s a new personal best for him by 0.01s; he took 6th in this event last year.

NC State sophomore Zach Brown moved from 8th in this event last year to 5th this year with his time of 1:42.30. Teammate Erge Gezmis finished 7th in 1:44.00.

Georgia Tech’s Christian Ferraro (1:42.93) took 6th, and FSU’s Max Polianski (1:47.17) took 8th.


  1. NC State – 1250
  2. Virginia – 1089
  3. Louisville – 1066.5
  4. Virginia Tech – 898
  5. Florida State – 812.5
  6. Notre Dame – 803.5
  7. North Carolina – 630.5
  8. Pitt – 520
  9. Georgia Tech – 506
  10. Duke – 421
  11. Miami – 197
  12. Boston College – 134

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2 years ago

What happened to Manoff in the indv. 50 free? He went 20.55 in the indv. race — but then led off the 200 FR in 19.6, a time that would have put him in the B Final. Very odd

Reply to  swimgeek
2 years ago

Just to be clear — I’m not throwing shade. He had an outstanding meet!

Sergio Szn
Reply to  swimgeek
2 years ago

Pretty sure he slipped on the start in prelims

2 years ago

Biiiig butterfly guy

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