NC State claims first ACC men’s swimming title since 1992
ATLANTA (NCSU) — After four days of several broken records and gold medals earned, the NC State men’s swimming team clinched its 25th Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship title Saturday evening inside the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Its title marks the first conference victory for the program since 1992.
With 1,331 points accumulated over the four days of competition, the Wolfpack defeated the second-place squad Louisville (1,178.5) by more than 150 points. Virginia Tech rounded out the top three of the overall standings with 1,123.
To top off the Pack’s unstoppable performance at the 2015 championship, junior Simonas Bilis was named the conference’s Most Valuable Swimmer of the meet.
The team of Bilis, Ryan Held, Soren Dahl and David Williams ended the 2015 conference championship with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, swimming a time of 2:48.92 to earn a school, ACC meet and conference record.
The squad’s performance also notched another NCAA qualifying mark for the program as well as the fastest time in the country.
Distance freestyle specialist Anton Ipsen crushed the competition in the 1,650 free, shaving 13 seconds off his seed time to claim his second gold medal of the championship. He swam a time of 14:48.52 to win by more than nine seconds, break his own school record and hold the sixth-fastest time in the country.
Bilis continued his dominance in the freestyle sprint events, claiming the title in the 100 freestyle to earn his third gold medal of the championship. He swam a time of 41.94 to earn an NCAA ‘A’ cut as well as an ACC meet and conference record.
His mark gives him the third-fastest time in the country and a school record.
Back It Up
Hennessey Stuart won the 200 backstroke, touching in 1:39.37 to set a conference and ACC meet record as well as a school record for the second time on Saturday. His performance earned him an NCAA ‘A’ standard time as well as the second-fastest time in the country.
He initially broke all three records in the preliminary session of the event with a time of 1:39.73.
Fly Into The Sky
Christian McCurdy took second in the 200 butterfly, touching in 1:42.00 to earn the Wolfpack a NCAA ‘A’ standard mark.
The men will return with hardware to Raleigh, N.C., to prepare for the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship on March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.
The women will return to action March 19-21 when it travels to Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship.