Wolfpack Women Win, Men Tie Against No. 17 Virginia Tech
Jan. 16, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's swimming & diving team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 160-140, on Wednesday at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center and the men's team tied the seventeenth-ranked Hokies with 150 points each. The tie was the first ever tie in the history of the men's program.
"I was real happy with the way we competed," head coach Braden Holloway said. "Most of the heats were so close that it really came down to getting your hand to the wall first and I think we did a pretty good job of that today."
The Pack squads got off to a great start in the first event of the day, as the Wolfpack claimed the top spots for men and women in the 200 medley relay. Hannah Freyman, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Riki Bonnema cruised to victory in their heat with a time of 1:43.21. For the men, Ivan Kopas, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Jonathan Boffa held on for a dramatic finish. Boffa, who swam the anchor leg, touched the wall at 1:29.54, just one hundredth of a second faster than Virginia Tech's top time (1:29.55).
"Not only was it a win, but it also set the tone for the meet," Holloway said. "It created some momentum for our team to build on throughout the meet."
In the 200 freestyle, Matt Thomas led the field with a time of 1:39.60 for the men, while Julianna Prim claimed the top time for the women (1:50.43). Grogg paced the Pack in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.08 to claim first in the event.
The women's team occupied the top three spots in the 50 freestyle as Marifrances Henley, Freyman and Bonnema finished one, two and three. Henley stopped the clock at 23.79, while Freyman and Bonnema finished with times of 23.92 and 24.05, respectively.
At the halfway point in the meet, NC State women's team led Virginia Tech 82-49, while the Wolfpack men's team trailed the Hokies 76-74.
The Wolfpack also performed well in the 100 freestyle, as a swimmer from each team finished first. Freyman claimed the fastest time for the women (51.52), while Boffa notched the best time for the men at 44.01.
Freshman Kristin Connors had a great day for the Pack finishing first in the 500 and 1000 freestyle. The Apex, N.C. native completed the 500 with a time of 4:59.09 and stopped the clock in the 1000 freestyle at 10:10.24, a full 16 seconds faster than the second place time.
In diving, senior Hudson Rains highlighted the Wolfpack's performance with a score of 343.95 on the three-meter diving board. Rachel Mumma scored a 282.12 on the one-meter diving board to lead the Pack in the event. Rains finished third on the one-meter diving board (332.40), while Mumma claimed third on the three-meter board (302.17).
Virginia Tech's men's team grabbed the lead from the Pack after the 500 freestyle, in which Hokie swimmers claimed the top three spots.
Heading into the last event of the night, the men's team trailed Virginia Tech 148-135. The Pack needed to finish first and second in the 400 freestyle relay and did just that. Thomas, David Williams, Brandon Kingston and Miesfeld teamed up to finish first at 3:00.12, while Joe Martin, Boffa, Gerard Woody and Jason Deana claimed second with a time of 3:01.76.
"In the last relay, our men's team had to get first and second to tie," said Holloway. "I split the relays so that they would be balanced to put us in a position to finish first and second, and it worked."
NC State will have a quick turnaround, as it will host Georgia Tech and Florida State on Saturday, Jan.19 at 11 a.m. in the Willis R. Casey Natatorium.