Watch NC State Men Rattle American Record in the 200 Free Relay

by Robert Gibbs 11

February 22nd, 2018 ACC, College, News, Previews & Recaps


  • When: Wednesday, February 21st to Saturday, February 24th | Prelims 10:00am | Finals 6:00pm
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: NC State Wolfpack (results) fix
  • Psych Sheet: here
  • Live Results: here
  • Streaming: WatchESPN (subscription required)
  • Championship Central: here
  • Day 2 Prelims Live Recap
  • Day 2 Up/Mid/Down Report

The NC State Wolfpack came within a tenth of a second of taking down a seven year-old American Record in the 200 free relay tonight at Day 2 of the 2018 Men’s ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.

Ryan Held led off with a 18.87, and he was followed by Justin Ress (18.41), Jacob Molacek (19.19) and Coleman Stewart (18.87).

Video courtesy of UVa Swimming YouTube Account

NC State coach Bobby Guntoro tweeted out later this evening

The record time of 1:15.26 belongs to Stanford, and dates back to the 2011 season.


Tonight’s time by NC State puts them first in the NCAA this season, and is about fourth-tenths of a second faster than Cal’s 1:15.73 from the Georgia Invite back in December.

Considering that Held was sporting a beard, this squad, whether or not it features the same lineup, or whether someone like Giovanni Izzo gets subbed in, should be a lock to dip below 1:15 at NCAAs in a month and challenge for a national championship in this event.


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Coleman Stewart looked like a submarine coming off that final turn.

NC State excels in those free relays.


Sometimes I forget how crazy that Auburn record is. They averaged 18.52s for all 4 of them.


Suit era.

jp input is too short

Matt Targett was a monster of a relay swimmer, rubber suit or no rubber suit.


Need molacek to improve to beat cal/texas


At this point I doubt he’ll make the meet.


Reid, Molacek just made the meet on that relay!


41.89 automatic A cut in 100 free finals, 42.01 in prelims also an A cut. PACK sprinters went 1 through 4 in finals. Pretty sure he’ll make the meet. None of the Pack top swimmers were tapered for ACC’s including Molacek.

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