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The momentum continued for NC State on Thursday night. A day after two winning relays, the Wolfpack won three of four events and set two league records in the process to grab the lead in the meet standings.
“We know these teams are not going to go away and we know these teams have good days tomorrow,” said NC State coach Braden Holloway. “We just have to keep the pedal to medal and keep the energy going and have a good morning.”
Through eight events, the Wolfpack sits in first with 495 points, followed by Virginia Tech (459) in second, and North Carolina (453) in third. Louisville (327) and Virginia (283) round out the top five.
The 2015 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship continues on Friday morning at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Preliminaries for the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke will get underway at 10 a.m.
Finals for those events, along with the 400 medley relay, will be held Friday evening at 6 p.m.
For updates throughout the meet, make sure to follow @ACCSwimDive and #ACCMSD.
7:55 | 200 FREESTYLE RELAY
The NC State relay team of Simonas Bilis, Ryan Held, Andreas Schiellerup, and David Williams entered into the record books to close out Thursday night’s swimming. The squad finished in 1:15.62, besting their own record that was set at last year’s ACC Championship.
“That was a fun relay,” said NC State coach Braden Holloway. “Those kids take a lot of pride in that relay. We knew those four guys should be pretty quick based on the individual event, so it was all about doing it all together at the same time and that’s what they live for.”
Bilis missed out on the 50 freestyle record earlier on Thursday night. He took advantage of a second opportunity, swimming 18.98 on the leadoff leg to set the record and become the first swimmer to break the 19-second mark in ACC history.
North Carolina (1:17.03) and Louisville (1:17.96) joined NC State on the podium, and all three teams finished with NCAA A cuts.
7:00 | 50 FREESTYLE
With four swimmers in the championship final, the 50 freestyle promised to be profitable for the Wolfpack on Thursday night. The four NC State swimmers finished in the top five and two more placed in the bonus final for a combined total of 126 points for NC State. The event gave the Wolfpack 431 points through six events, jumping Virginia Tech for the meet lead.
NC State junior Simonas Bilis (19.07) just missed out on the ACC record (19.04, Paul Murray, Florida State, 2014). His time on Thursday tied for the second-fastest time in league history with former Wolfpack great Cullen Jones, who held the league mark from 2006 through last year.
“We got going after the first day of relays and the train gained steam,” said Bilis. “That’s how we’re going to keep it up – winning and cheering for each other.”
David Williams (19.12) of NC State and Georgia Tech senior Andrew Kosic (19.23) also earned medals.
NC State’s John Newell’s performance in the bonus final culminated an eventful day for the senior. He finished tied for 24th following the preliminaries this morning, and needed a swim-off to advance to the nightly finals. Once there, he won the bonus final in 19.80 to earn nine points for the Wolfpack.
6:45 | 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala ended the run of Wolfpack gold medals, taking the top podium spot in 1:43.97. A sophomore from Centreville, Virginia, Fiala out-touched a tight field to become the first Hokie swimmer to win the ACC 200 Individual Medley title in program history.
“Our squad has always been a snowball effect team,” said Fiala. “We’re going to take this and hopefully it feeds the 50 free and then the relay and continues throughout the meet.”
NC State took the next three spots in the 200 IM, as senior Stephen Coetzer (1:44.04) and sophomore Soeren Dahl (1:44.06) joined Fiala for a tight top three. Junior Christian McCurdy (1:44.75) finished in fourth.
6:30 | 500 FREESTYLE
Anton Ipsen, who entered the nightly finals as the top seed, ran away from the field to claim the gold in the 500 freestyle to start off Thursday’s action. The freshman posted an NCAA A cut time of 4:13.87 to become the first NC State swimmer to win the event since 1985, when Rich Shinnick took the top spot.
After trailing through the first 100 yards, Ipsen took a lead that he wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. Louisville sophomore Trevor Carroll finished second in 4:16.03, followed by North Carolina freshman Henry Campbell (4:17.27) in third.
“Being a part of this movement is something special,” said Ipsen, whose gold was the third straight for NC State to start the week. “It’s not about yourself, it’s about the team and I love it.”
11:30 | MORNING PRELIMS
The second day of the 2015 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship began Thursday morning with preliminaries in three events: the 500 freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, and the 50 freestyle. NC State swimmers posted the fastest time in each of the three events.
Wolfpack freshman Anton Ipsen (4:15.43) posted the fastest qualifying time in the 500 freestyle, followed by North Carolina freshman Henry Campbell (4:16.77) and Louisville’s Trevor Carroll (4:17.77).
In the 200 individual medley, NC State’s Stephen Coetzer led the way in 1:43.65 while teammate Soeren Dahl grabbed the third spot in 1:441.41. Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala will be seeded second after touching in 1:43.73.
The Wolfpack sprinters made noise in the 50 freestyle to close out the Thursday morning swimming. Simonas Bilis (19.13), David Williams (19.18), and Ryan Held (19.27) posted the top three times, while Andreas Schiellerup (19.72) grabbed the eighth spot to give NC State half of the championship final. Bilis, Williams, Held, and Georgia Tech’s Andrew Kosic all posted NCAA A cuts in the event.
Tonight’s final round, which will include the three events above in addition to the 200 freestyle relay, is set to begin at 6 p.m.