Virginia Women Beat NC State in DeSorbo’s First Meet Against Wolfpack

by Robert Gibbs 57

January 20th, 2018 ACC, News, Previews & Recaps

NC State VS. Virginia

  • Friday, January 19th
  • Hosted vy UVA
  • Short course yards
  • Results



  • Virginia 178, NC State 117


  • NC State 193, Virginia 100

The NC State Wolfpack and Virginia Cavaliers split Friday in one of the most intriguing ACC dual meets of the 2017-2018 season.  The two teams have accounted for all except two ACC championships since the 1998-1999 season on the men’s side, and all of the last ten women’s championships.  Granted, Virginia has won the lion share’s of those, but NC State has been one of the hottest teams in the NCAA over the past few seasons, and Friday marked the first dual meet between the two teams since former NC State assistant coach Todd DeSorbo took the reigns at conference rival Virginia this past summer.

On the women’s side, the meet began with UVA pulling out a win in the 200 medley relay, 1:39.31 to 1:39.67, thanks to a  28.73 breaststroke split by Vivian Tafuto.

The Wolfpack roared back with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 free, led by Hannah Moore, who touched in 9:46.06.  UVA responded with a top three sweep of their own in 200 free.  Morgan Hill took the win for the Cavaliers with a 1:44.81.

It continued to be a back-and-forth battle throughout the day.  UVA’s Anna Pang parlayed the fastest back half in the field into a 53.47 win in the 100 back.  Then Julia Poole touched out Tafuto in the 100 breast with a 1:02.21.

From there, UVA rattled off five straight wins.  First, Jenn Marrkand took the 200 fly in 1:54.42, touching almost six seconds ahead of the next-closest finisher.  Then, Caitlin Cooper swept the sprint frees, taking the 50 free in 22.24 and then coming back after the break to take the 100 free in 49.36.  UVA also swept the top three spots in each of those events.

The Cavaliers kept the brooms out for the 200 back, where Paige Madden just touched out teammate Erin Earley 1:56.56 to 1:56.64.  Another Cavalier, Mary Claire Tansill, made it five-straight wins with a 2:14.02 in the 200 breast, but Poole earned 2nd in 2:14.73 to break up UVA’s streak of sweeps.

Moore earned the distance double with a 4:47.29 in the 500 free to earn the Wolfpack their first win in six events.  Pang took her second win with a 53.19 in the 100 fly, then Marrkand touched first in the 200 IM with a 1:59.25, although that event was exhibitioned, with the win officially going to Poole and her time of 2:01.79.

NC State closed things out with a 3:19.60 in the 400 free relay.

The Wolfpack were the dominant team on the men’s side, as they won all except one swimming event, not counting exhibitioned events.  They got things rolling early on with a 1-2 win in the 200 medley relay, led by a 1:27.06 from their A team.  NC State would also take the 400 free relay at the end of the meet, marked by 42-mid legs by Ryan Held (leadoff) and Justin Ress (anchor).

Held and Ress were two of the four NC State men who pulled off doubles on the day.  Anton Ipsen led things off with a 8:56.10 in the 1000 free, and took the 500 free later on in 4:21.59.  Held pulled the 200 free (1:36.79) and 100 fly (46.80) double.  Rees swept the sprint frees with times of 19.82 and 43.31.  Coleman Stewart threw down a 46.28 to take the 100 back, along with a 1:43.79 win in the 200 back later in the meet.

Jacob Molacek won the 100 breast, one of the closer races of the day, with a 54.80 to UVA’s Keefer Barnum‘s 54.90.  James Bretscher got in a 1:44.70 victory in the 200 fly over teammate Andreas Vazaios, who later earned a win of his own with a 1:46.70 in the 200 IM, although NC State was swimming exhibition by that point.

UVA’s sole individual swimming victory of the day belonged to Matthew Otto, who led a Cavalier top three sweep of the 200 breast with a 1:58.68.

NC State Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In its first dual meet of 2018, the  #6/15 NC State men’s & women’s swimming & diving team split its dual with #23/8 Virginia as the men overcame the Cavaliers while the women fell to UVA Friday inside the University of Virginia Fitness & Aquatic Center.

 Team Scores
#6 NCSU 193, #23 UVA 100

#8 UVA 178, #15 117

Quoting the Coaches
“Good, solid meet for our teams today,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “I thought both teams performed very well. Obviously there was some good competition up in Charlottesville and it was a great team victory for the men led by our divers today, hats off to them. A few new zone cuts and two sweeps to get the meet started. I think Anton Ipsen led the way for us in the distance events, Coleman Stewart today in the backstroke had an unbelievable day. Those were his best in season swims and obviously having Ryan Held and Justin Ress there to put points on the board in the sprint events, free and fly, goes a long way when you’re trying to win the meet. A few guys who got their hand on the wall, James Bretscher had a pretty solid day and Jacob Molacek in the breaststroke won a tough race. Andreas Vazaios closed out with the 200 IM and while I think there were some areas we could have been a little bit better but all in all, I thought we competed fairly hard today and a lot of our depth really helped out.

Now it’s back to work, we have a week before we go against UNC-Chapel Hill and again it’s away, so pretty tough but that’s the way it is. We’re looking to finish our dual meet season strong.”

“The women missed the small things that ultimately lead to the result,” said diving coach Yahya Radman. “It was a good fight from all three women, but we were outmatched by UVA. Very pleased with the men. Holt punched his ticket to his first zone meet which was the goal. Stu and James exchanged leads throughout the day and eventually split the events. Details will be the focus when we get home, but for now, it’s a very positive day for diving.”

Wolfpack Relays
NC State’s men continued to show its depth in the relays as it claimed the top two finishes in the men’s 200 medley relay. The quartet of Andreas Vazaios, Jacob Molacek, Ryan Held and Justin Ress posted a time of 1:27.06 seconds to finish first while Coleman Stewart, Daniel Graber, Giovanni Izzo and Cobe Garcia finshed second in 1:27.33 seconds to finish second. On the women’s side, Elise Haan, Jacqueline Clabeaux, Krista Duffield and Ky-lee Perry finished second in 1:39.67 seconds.

The team of Haan, Duffield, Lexie Lupton and Vasiliki Baka won the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:19.60 seconds while on the men’s side Held, Molacek, Izzo and Ress posted a time of 2:52.39 seconds in an exhibition.

Top Individual Performances
The Wolfpack completed a one-two-three sweep in the women’s 1000 freestyle; Hannah Moore finished first in 9:46.06 seconds, Tamila Holub took second in 9:53.99 seconds and Anna Jahns took third with a time a time 9:58.09 seconds. Anton Ipsen also ensured NC State saw success in the men’s 1000 free with the Ipsen winning the event after touching the wall at 8:56.10 seconds.

Moore and Ipsen also took first on their respective sides in the 500 freestyle as Moore posted a time of 4:47.29 seconds and Ipsen completed the race in 4:21.69 seconds.

Along with his success in the relays, Ress also won the 50 and 100 freestyle events in times of 19.82 and 43.31. Held, another major contributor in the relays, also finished first in the 200 freestyle after he touched the wall at 1:36.79 seconds and in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 45.92.

Julia Poole won the 100 breaststroke after she posted a time of 1:02.21 seconds and the 200 IM thanks to her finish of 2:01.79 seconds.

Coleman Stewart had an impressive day in the backstroke events; he won the 100 backstroke in 46.28 and the 200 backstroke in 1:43.70 seconds.

NC State also saw success in the men’s 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly, with Molacek winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 54.80 and James Bretschertouching the wall at 1:44.78 seconds to win the 200 butterfly.

While an exhibition, Andreas Vazaios posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 1:47.70 seconds in the 200 IM which was the fastest time in the race.

The Wolfpack divers had a strong day on the boards as it ended the day with a one-two-three sweep on the one-meter board. Stewart Spanbauer tabbed a mark of 342.60 to finish first, James Brady posted a score of 33.60 to finish second and Holt Gray finished third with a score of 311.48. The trio’s scores were all NCAA Zone marks.

On the three-meter board, Brady took first, earning a score of382.20. Spanbauer finished second with a mark of 321.68 and Harrison Mitchell‘s point total of 287.78 saw him finish third. Brady and Spanbauer’s scores were NCAA Zone marks.

On the women’s side, Madeline Kline earned a pair of NCAA Zone marks as she finished third on one-meter with a 285.15 and third on three-meter with a score of 275.70. Rachel Burston took fifth on one-meter with a total of 250.53.

Up Next
The Wolfpack makes the short trip to UNC-Chapel Hill for another ACC dual as it takes on the Tar Heels at 5 p.m inside Koury Natatorium.

Virginia Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The No. 8 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team defeated No. 15 NC State, 178-117, while the No. 23 Cavalier men fell to the No. 6 Wolfpack, 193-100, on Friday (Jan. 19) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va.

“It was a great meet today,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “The teams were pretty excited. After last year, NC State came in and took down the Virginia women at the dual meet and again at the conference championships, ending a pretty long streak from our program. So, the women were out for a little bit of revenge. They really stepped up to the challenge. NC State is a phenomenal team. I know that they will be good at the end of the year at the conference championships and we will have to battle with them again. We are really proud of our women. They swam really well. Jenn Marrkand again leading the way. She set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly, winning two individual events. The most exciting race of the day was probably the first race, the 200 medley relay. It came down to the wire. We were fortunate to get our hand on the wall first and gain some momentum. I am really happy with how they performed today, but we’re putting it behind us as we have the Tar Heels coming to town tomorrow and they are going to provide us another great challenge.

“The men are obviously a much different story. NC State is arguably one of the best programs in the country, on the men’s side. That is where our men are heading. We look forward to getting to that level and challenging them really soon. It is great to have them (NC State) come to town and to compete with them. Our men stepped up and raced really well. They did not back down from a very good caliber swim team. We are happy with how that went. Just like the women, we have to move on from today and get ready for North Carolina tomorrow. Overall, I am very pleased with tonight.”

The Cavaliers set three AFC pool records during the meet. The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.), junior Vivian Tafuto(Hummelstown, Pa.), freshman Anna Pang (SINGAPORE) and senior Caitlin Cooper(Atlanta, Ga.), respectively, recorded a time of 1:39.31. Sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) set a new pool record in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.81, while senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.43.

Additionally, the women’s team recorded two first-place finishes from Cooper, who topped the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.24 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.36. Marrkand captured her second first-place finish in the women’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:59.25, while Pang finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.47 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.19.

Freshman Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) finished first in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.56.

The Cavaliers swept the 200-yard breaststroke with sophomore Mary Claire Tansill (Bristow, Va.) winning the women’s side with a time of 2:14.02 and freshman Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) winning the men’s side with a time of 1:58.68.

In diving, sophomore Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) finished first in the women’s 1-meter dive with a score of 293.70, while junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) finished first in the women’s 3-meter dive with a score of 347.10.

The Cavaliers will host North Carolina tomorrow for the team’s final home meet of the year. Diving will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the swim meet at 1:30 p.m. Virginia will recognize nine seniors prior to the start of the swim meet.

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UVA women took 1-2-3 in 6 events. Six! Swam the 200 IM as exhibition. Took 1-2 in it. Swam the 400 free relay as exhibition. UVA is back under Todd, these coaches and alumnus. Pack = puppies. See you at ACCs.

Pack = puppies? Haha that’s funny, but I would disagree! Not choosing side here…. this is the team that ended UVA streak last year with arguably much less talented girls than UVA (based of best times in High School). The NC State women’s team this year is just not as good with the injuries. What happened to Ky-Lee Perry?

Holloway did turn a puppy team into a tough Wolfpack.

Spotted: uva swimmers pushing a unc swimmer while shaking hands, all because he mentioned the word taper … so much for good sportsmanship.

That is bad sportsmanship losing and then accusing the other team of tapering in the handshake line. Thanks for pointing that out HMMM.

Hey, hey, hey, take it easy on the Tarheels, obviously sportsmanship is the only thing they have a shot at winning this year as a top-8 finish at ACCs will be a long shot.

Agree here…pushing us too much, but UNC needs to quit whining. Your team is the worst in school history, you have bigger problems than whether UVA tapered or not

Former D1 swim coach


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NC State mens relay… 2:52. Thats nutty for a dual meet in a brief. Faster ever non suited dual meet time??

I was in the stands at cal in 2011 when they swam stanford in the rain and about 45 degrees outside. stanford went 253 and held off cal and nathan adrian by a tenth. i think the relay was the deciding race as well. it was electric. i can also guess that skip didnt have his kids as race ready as nc state usually seems to (not that either is bad). just for the cold and rain ill go with stanford 253 over nc states 252.

Time is time. Faster is faster. It’s blunt, but that’s the fact

Florida went 2:53 today even with a 44.5 leadoff. These relays are getting fast!

I’m not familiar with the duel meet system. Would someone mind explaining to me why the winning team sometimes decides to exhibition the last few races? Is it a sportsmanship point? Thank you!

Former D1 swim coach

It’s for sportsmanship. It’s just a courtesy from one Coach to another not to run the score up. And in some cases, where the coaches don’t like each other they will run the score up and not do Exhibition at the end of the meet.


Sportsmanship has obviously changed since I was a swimmer. When I was a swimmer, it was about playing by the rules, giving a maximum effort, and then shaking hands at the end of the meet.

Now it’s apparently about not hurting your opponents’ feelings when they aren’t as good as you and then coming on the internet to anonymously call them names and accuse them of breaking one unwritten code by ‘tapering’ for every meet and abiding by another unwritten code by not running up the score.

Strange times we live in.

(swimobserver) Not so strange or different. I swam 35 years ago and we swam our best swimmers in fewer events or not in their best events when we swam weaker teams. Any decent coach can score the meet before it’s swum based on past/best times and make decisions about who to swim in what event. It’s not fun or good sportsmanship to crush an inferior opponent. Swimming someone unofficially is just the same but gives the unofficial swimmer a good gauge on their fitness level.

What other sport does this? My swimmers in college some years ago would tell the other team you swim you take the score. It is phony what is being done. I know it goes on everywhere. My swimmers would say if we don’t want to run it up then we shouldn’t swim.
Sportsmanship is honest scores. If the difference is that much so be it. Score a touchdown and then cancel it. When football starts doing that then you have something.

CoachGB, have you ever seen a football team kneel out the final minute of the game? You will find the same concept across all of sport. Human nature.


That so they run the clock out. They’ve already won the game. That literally has nothing to do with sportsmanship.

Yes but they don’t score . A swimmer physically beats you in front of everybody but doesn’t take the points but everyone sees it. It is Noth the same. My swimmers felt insulted they would rather have it lopsided and be honest. My swimmers. Thought it to me first when we were scoring easily in an Ivy League meet and the came to me to be taken out of the events coming up to not run it up. That is an honest way. I just see it different and I have an unusal background as a swimmer before I coached. My first dual meet as a Frosh in. College in the 440 my coach took our number one swimmer out… Read more »

That’s correct. It basically makes the meet seem like a closer competition.