Pack Claims Four Medals on Day Two of ACC Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 18 NC State men's swimming team captured its third relay title of the 2014 ACC Championships, as the squad won the gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay on Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Throughout the evening, the Pack claimed four medals and broke two school records.
"Overall, I thought we had a pretty good evening," said head coach Braden Holloway. "It was a little bit of an up-and-down night for us, but we put ourselves in position in the morning to score points."
After sweeping the relay events to open the championships on Wednesday, the Pack opened the evening by capturing the gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Andreas Schiellerup and David Williams combined to break the conference and school records in the event with a time of 1:16.16, eclipsing the top mark in program history of 1:17.50 and the all-time ACC record of 1:16.76. The time also meets the NCAA `A' qualifying standard. The ACC title for State is its first in the event since 1993 and the third in program history.
"Congratulations to the 200 free relay in setting the conference record and the second fastest time in the country in the event," Holloway said. "We're proud of the relay and they represented our program at the highest level."
Sophomore Christian McCurdy touched the wall in 4:21.82 in the 500 freestyle to finish seventh overall, while Austin Snyder finished 16th overall with a time of 4:26.24. Adam Linker also scored points for the Wolfpack, as the freshman finished third in the `C' final with a time of 4:25.98.
Junior Stephen Coetzer claimed the bronze medal in the 200 individual medley with a program-best mark of 1:44.26. Coetzer eclipsed the previous all-time mark of 1:47.06 that was set during the 2009 campaign during the morning preliminaries with a mark of 1:44.92, before breaking the record again in the evening session. Ian Bishop also scored points for the Wolfpack, as he finished 15th overall with a clocking of 1:47.09.
"Congrats to Stephen Coetzer for getting the bronze medal and breaking the school record," Holloway said. "He had a great race at night. He made an adjustment from the morning and it worked out for him."
Four Wolfpackers competed in the `A' final of the 50 freestyle, as Williams claimed the silver in a time of 19.11 and Bilis captured the bronze with a 19.19 clocking. A native of Verona, Italy, Boffa finished fourth with a time of 19.35, while Schiellerup touched the wall in fifth at 19.56.
In addition, Matt Thomas scored 17 points with a second place finish in the `B' final in 19.82, while Scott Johnson competed in the same heat and finished in a time of 20.27 to claim 16th overall. Soren Dahl (20.13) and Jason Deana (20.44) each represented the Pack in the `C' final.
"We scored a total of 139 points in the 50 free, which is outstanding," Holloway said. "To score that many points in one event is how we've put ourselves in position to keep working at it. Obviously, we have two more days of competition, but hopefully we can build off the momentum the 50 freestylers left us with and see what happens."
After the second day of competition, State continues to lead the ACC Championships with 415 points. The Pack is followed in the team standings by Virginia Tech (411), Virginia (338), North Carolina (337.5) and Notre Dame (325).
The Wolfpack will return to competition on Friday for day three of the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center with preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m., and the finals session slated to start at 7 p.m.