N.C. State leads after the third and penultimate day of the ACC men’s swimming and diving championships at Atlanta.
The Wolfpack was powered by a podium sweep in the 200-yard freestyle. Simonas Bilis finished in 1 minute, 33.62 seconds to win his fourth gold medal of the championship. Ryan Held was second, and David Williams was third.
Including the platform diving results from last week, N.C. State has 896 points, 87 of which came from the sweep, and holds a 46-point lead over second-place Virginia Tech (850). North Carolina is third (821.5), followed by Louisville (771.5), which won four of six events Friday. Duke is ninth with 313 points.
Triangle schools, led by the Wolfpack, earned a handful silver and bronze medals.
N.C. State’s Junior Christian McCurdy, the defending champion in the 400 individual medley, finished .13 seconds behind Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen (3:41.79) to take second in that event.
North Carolina’s Sam Lewis rallied late to finish third in the 100 butterfly. Louisville’s Pedro Coutinho won with a time of 45.92.
The Wolfpack’s Derek Hren placed second in the 100 breastroke to Louisville’s Thomas Dahlia after Duke’s Peter Kropp, who posted a meet record in the preliminaries, was disqualified for a downward butterfly kick.
In the 100 backstroke, N.C. State’s Andreas Schiellerup and Hennessey Stuart followed gold medalist Grigory Tarasevich of Louisville.
The Wolfpack’s 400 medley relay team finished second behind Louisville. UNC was third.
The final day of the meet will get underway Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly. The finals of those four events, plus the final heats of 1,650 freestyle and 400-freestyle relay will get started at 6 p.m.
ACC Track and Field
Defending champion Florida State concluded Friday’s men session with 30.5 team points, narrowly ahead of second-place North Carolina (30). Duke holds third place (25), followed by host Virginia Tech 24 and N.C. State 23 at the conference’s indoor championships.
UNC leads the women’s standings with 48.5 points. N.C. State (41.5) is second, followed by defending champion Florida State (28) and Duke (27.5).
High Jump: N.C. State junior Jonathan Addison took the gold medal in the men’s competition, matching his season’s best of 2.14 meters on his second attempt.
Long Jump: N.C. State junior Alexis Perry, the highest ranked participant in the event, lived up to her billing with a gold medal distance of 6.34 meters.
Heptathlon: UNC Sophomore Paul Haley won the men’s heptathlon title with 5,500 points. Duke senior Ian Rock took the silver medal with 5,452 points, and UNC senior Ryan Ramsey took the bronze with 5,374.
Pole Vault: Duke’s Megan Clark won women’s event with a vault of 14 feet.
Furman 11, Campbell 10 (OT): Devon Horine scored the game winner for the Paladins (3-0) women with five seconds remaining, just nine seconds after Kayla Reilly had tied the game for the host Camels (0-3).
Tewaaraton Award: Duke and North Carolina were well-represented on the watch lists for the men’s and women’s Tweaaraton Award, given annually to the top players in the country.
Blue Devils juniors Deemer Class and Myles Jones were selected for the men, along with a trio of UNC seniors: Jimmy Bitter, Joey Sankey and Chad Tutton.
The Tar Heels had four women selected: seniors Brittney Coppa and Courtney Waite, junior Aly Messinger and sophomore Caylee Waters. Duke seniors Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble were also recognized.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack’s weekend home series against Syracuse was canceled after assessing field conditions following the recent winter storm.
East Carolina 5, Richmond 2: The Pirates (7-6) won the doubles point and every match from postion 3-6 against the visiting Spiders to take their fifth straight dual match.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack men beat host VCU (10-4) 4-3 and then swept Howard (1-4) 5-0 in Richmond, Va., to improve to 9-3. Simon Norenius won the win the clinching point against VCU 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-2.
N.C. Central 5, Loyola 2: The Eagles (1-3) won the top three singles matches in straight sets to win at Winston-Salem and drop the Greyhounds to 1-2.
North Carolina 5, Georgia Tech 2: Hayley Carter sealed the Tar Heels’ (12-0, 2-0 ACC) victory with a win in No. 2 singles after the UNC women jumped to an early 3-0 lead on the Yellow Jackets (3-4, 0-2).
N.C. State: The school announced relocation plans for home women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics for the 2015-16 seasons as Reynolds Coliseum undergoes renovations, the school said in a release.
Women’s basketball will play the majority of its home games at Broughton High’s Holliday Gymnasium.
Wrestling will move among a number of on-campus and area venues, including Cardinal Gibbons High. Gymnastics will primarily compete in road meets.