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3 Pack swimmers qualify for Worlds

Posted July 14

Ryan Held, an NC State swimmer and Olympic gold medalist, spent his spring break getting ready for the NCAA championships, which started Wednesday in Indianapolis.

There has been no hangover for the NC State swimming and diving team following its strongest campaign in program history, as Pack swimmers have continued their excellence from the 2016-17 season into the summer slate.

Three members of the Wolfpack have punched their tickets to the 2017 FINA World Championships, which run from July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary. Rising junior Justin Ress, as well as rising seniors Anton Ipsen and Andreas Vazaios will represent their respective countries as well as NC State on the biggest stage.

Ipsen is slated for four events at worlds, qualifying from Denmark in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle events, as well as the 400-meter individual medley. Vazaios will swim for Greece in the 100-meter fly.

However, it was Ress’ performance at the U.S. National Championships and trials for worlds that stands out. After finishing third in prelims for the 50-meter backstroke, Ress shaved over half a second off his time to win the gold medal in the final and book his trip to worlds, setting a US nationals record with a swim of 24.41.

Another Pack swimmer that impressed at nationals was rising senior and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held. In the 100-meter freestyle, Held finished seventh in the final, one spot and just .04 seconds away from traveling to worlds as a member of the US 4x100-meter freestyle relay team.

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