Pack Tops Georgia Tech, Falls to Florida State
Jan. 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State swimming & diving teams competed in their second meet of the week on Saturday, at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center, defeating Georgia Tech and falling to Florida State. The Wolfpack men's team topped the 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets, 194.50-103.50, and fell to the 13th-ranked Seminoles, 164-136. The State women defeated Georgia Tech, 227-72, and came up short against No. 21 Florida State, 155-143.
"Overall we had some ups and downs, but we lost a lot of close races today and that's something we have to be better at," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We have to execute our finishes better because we got out touched so many times today."
The women's 200-medley relay team of Hannah Freyman, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Riki Bonnema got the Pack off to a great start in the opening event, finishing with the fastest time of 1:42.26. Ivan Kopas, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Jonathan Boffa recorded the second fastest time in the event on the men's side at 1:29.82.
Grogg claimed first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. The Moon Township, Pa., native stopped the clock at 55.19 in the 100 backstroke and 55.14 in the 100 butterfly. On the men's side, Miesfeld completed the 100 butterfly event with the fastest time of 47.76 and Bishop touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.81.
In the 1000 freestyle, freshman Austin Snyder claimed the top spot with a clocking of 9:24.33. Snyder's classmate Kristin Connors turned in the Pack's best time in the women's competition with a 10:13.92 clocking, good for third.
"We ran into a strong team in Florida State, that's well-coached and has a lot of depth in different events and Georgia Tech also provided some great competition for us," Holloway added.
NC State's men's team dominated the 200 freestyle, with Wolfpack swimmers claiming the top four spots. Boffa finished first with a time of 1:38.56, Brandon Kingston took second at 1:39.10, while Matt Thomas and David Williams were third (1:.39.30) and fourth (1:40.37), respectively. Marifrances Henley was second on the women's side timing in at 1:50.54, while Julianna Prim was third at 1:51.27.
In the diving events, senior Hannah Hopkins notched the highest score on the three-meter board with a 314.85. Sophomore Rachel Mumma tallied the best score on the one-meter board with a 282.50. For the men, senior Hudson Rains claimed third on the three-meter diving board with a score of 336.37 and fourth on the one-meter at 294.22.
"I think we did a solid job of coming back today and competing after a good week of training and the meet on Wednesday," said Holloway. "Our divers did a great job, especially our women's divers who finished first on the one- and three-meter diving boards against really good diving programs."
NC State returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it travels to UNCW for a meet at 11 a.m.