Action Concludes on Day Two at NCAA Men’s Championship

ATLANTA – NC State set two ACC records and sits in fourth as competition continued on Thursday at the 2016 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship, held Wednesday through Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Through seven events, NC State is in fourth with 137 points, trailing Texas (209), Florida (163) and California (141). Louisville is next from the ACC at No. 12 with 60 points, followed by No. 19 Miami (14), No. 21 Pitt (11), No. 21 Virginia Tech (11), No. 27 Georgia Tech (5) and No. 29 North Carolina (2).

The Wolfpack opened the night with a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Led by Simonas Bilis, who set a league record in the 50 freestyle with a 18.76 leadoff leg in the morning prelims and went 18.77 in the finals, NC State finished in 1:15.09 to top its own ACC record in the event of 1:15.62 from last year. Louisville placed 15th in a time of 1:18.24.

In the 500 freestyle, the NC State tandem of Anton Oerskov Ipsen and Adam Linker finished in seventh and 15th, respectively, to earn 14 points for the Wolfpack.

Virginia Tech got on the board in the 200 individual medley as Brandon Fiala placed eighth in 1:42.77 to garner All-America accolades. NC State’s Christian McCurdy touched in 1:46.08 for 15th place.

The 50 freestyle proved to be another strong race for the Wolfpack as three swimmers scored points in the event. Led by a runner-up finish from Bilis (18.84), Ryan Held placed seventh in 19.20 and Andreas Schiellerup finished in 15th in 19.51.

Three ACC divers placed in the top 16 in the 1-meter springboard. Miami’s Briadam Herrera finished in fifth with 427.90 points in the finals, while Pitt’s Dominic Giordano was eighth with 367.20. Georgia Tech’s Bradley Homza got the host team on the board with a 12th-place finish with 365.25 points.

In the final event of the night, Louisville earned its highest relay finish in school history with a bronze medal. The team of Grigory Tarasevich, Carlos Claverie, Pedo Coutinho, and Trevor Carroll combined to touch in 3:04.73 for third place. NC State finished eighth in 3:08.12, while North Carolina was 16th in 3:07.96.

Live results for the meet can be followed at http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/NCAA/2016/. Additionally, fans can watch the prelims on Friday and Saturday at www.atlantaswimming.com/Webcast. Friday and Saturday’s finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.