Feb. 4, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - The NC State swimming and diving fell to conference rival Virginia on Saturday. The No. 23 Wolfpack men (9-2, 6-2 ACC) dropped the contest to the No. 15 Cavaliers 170-123, while the women were topped by No. 11 Virginia, 161-73.
"We ran into a very strong and passionate Cavalier team on both sides," said head coach Braden Holloway. "It was a reminder that they are on the top of the ACC. I felt that we came in fighting and competed well, but could have executed some races better."
The NC State men won eight events at the meet. The Pack started the meet strong by winning the 200-medley relay in a time of 1:29.94. The team also won the 400-freestyle relay (2:58.79). Both times were good for NCAA B standards.
Ian Bishop won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 55.78, while Maximus Litvinov took third (56.68). Barrett Miesfeld won the 100 butterfly in a time of 48.39.
In the 50 freestyle, Jonathan Boffa finished first in an NCAA B standard (20.23), followed by Joe Martin in third (20.77). Boffa also took gold in the 100 freestyle, swimming a season-best NCAA B cut of 44.09. Tyler Early placed third in that event in 45.92.
Boffa's time in the 50 freestyle is the sixth-best time in school history, while his time in the 100 freestyle is the fourth-best mark.
Hudson Rains placed first on both the one-meter board (337.95) and the three-meter (389.48).
Early took third place in the 200 freestyle (1:39.73), while Matt Thomas finished fourth (1:40.32) and John Newell placed fifth (1:42.14). Brian Via took third in the 1000 freestyle (9:22.58).
Ivan Kopas finished second in the 200 backstroke (1:48.13), and fourth in the 100 backstroke (49.89), while Andrew Tollefson finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.13).
The Wolfpack women took home three first-place finishes, including a win in the 200-freestyle relay (1:32.73), good for an NCAA B cut and the second-best time in school history.
"I'm very happy with our relay performances today," said Holloway. "Our women's relays were the best on the year."
Hannah Hopkins won the one-meter diving event with a score of 286.65, while teammate Rachel Mumma picked up a win on the three-meter (295.73).
"Our diving was very good today," Holloway said. "We are proud of Rachel Mumma for getting her first collegiate win."
Kirsten Esplin and Christina McCann finished second and third in the 100 breaststroke, swimming times of 1:06.02 and 1:06.08, respectively. Esplin also took home a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.06).
In the 50 freestyle, Hannah Freyman placed second (23.55), while Marifrances Henley placed third (23.60). Julianna Prim placed third in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:49.71