Pack Swimming & Diving Falls at UNC
Jan. 31, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The NC State swimming & diving team swept the relays events in its final regular season road meet of the season, as the men’s and women’s squad was defeated by North Carolina. The 21st-ranked men’s team was edged by the No. 16 Tar Heels, 154-144, while the No. 21 Wolfpack women’s squad was defeated by ninth-ranked UNC, 167.50-126.50.
“I’m proud of our team for not giving up,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “Overall, I thought we had a pretty good day. We were off in some areas where I thought we would be better, but we were better in other areas than I thought we would be.”
State’s women’s squad now owns a record of 6-4 for the season, while the men’s team is 4-5 on the campaign. The Tar Heels improve to 6-2 on the men’s side and the women own a ledger of 8-2.
Throughout the evening, the Wolfpack claimed victories in all four relay events and posted 11 first place finishes.
The Pack opened the meet by earning a first-place finish in the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay. On the women’s side, the group of Zina Grogg, Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic and Riki Bonnema tapped the wall first in a time of 1:40.00. On the men’s side, the quartet of Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and David Williams earned a victory with a time of 1:27.29.
Boffa, a native of Verona, Italy, led the men’s squad with two individual victories for the day in the 100 and 200 freestyle. In the 100 free, Boffa tapped the wall in 1:36.72 to lead all swimmers and post a season-best time.
In the 200 free, the Wolfpack had strong success by claiming the top four spots. Boffa led the Pack with a first place finish in a time of 43.83. The senior was followed by Simonas Bilis (43.97) in second, Williams (45.22) in third and Scott Johnson (45.26) in fourth.
The men’s squad ended the meet with a one-two finish in the 400 freestyle relay, as Bilis, Williams, Johnson and Boffa cruised to victory in 2:56.08.
“It was a tough loss for the guys,” Holloway said. “We needed to get ourselves in a better position headed into the last relay. I knew we had a lot of firepower, but we got out-touched in too many places besides first.”
On the women’s side, freshman Alexia Zevnik posted two victories, as she swept the backstroke events for the evening. Zevnik would claim first overall in the 100 backstroke with a season-best time of 54.25, while the freshman went on to later win the 200 back with a time of 1:57.61
“I can’t ask for a better team atmosphere than what the ladies are showing,” Holloway said.
“We have to turn around and get ready for tomorrow,” Holloway said. “We have the defending ACC Champions coming in. It’ll be a good test to see how we come back from today.”
Up next, the Pack will conclude its regular season with a dual meet against Virginia inside the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center. The meet is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and the program’s 13 seniors will be honored prior to the meet.