Men's Swimming Claims Silver Medal in 200 Freestyle Relay
Feb. 28, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NC State men's swimming team had another impressive showing at the 2013 ACC Championships on Thursday, claiming a silver medal in the 200 freestyle relay. At the end of the second day of competition, the Wolfpack stands fifth with 133 points.
"Our guys battled back tonight after this morning's session," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We got off to a little bit of a rough start in the 500 freestyle, but we battled back with some great times in the 200 individual medley."
The Wolfpack broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay and met an NCAA "A" standard in the process. Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Matt Thomas and David Williams combined to record a time of 1:17.50, besting the previous school record of 1:18.83 set at the 2012 ACC Championships. State finished second in the relay to claim a silver medal.
Sophomore Stephen Coetzer finished seventh in the 200 individual medley, earning 12 points for the Wolfpack. Coetzer's time of 1:47.60 was good for an NCAA "B" standard. Earlier in the day, the Wilmington, N.C., native recorded the second-fastest time in program history in the event with a 1:47.24.
"Stephen had a great swim and made it into the top eight," said Holloway. "He's a lot quicker than he was last year and he had to be to get in the final eight."
Junior Ian Bishop also competed in the 200 individual medley, stopping the clock at 1:48.49 in the preliminary heat, good for the fifth best time in school history.
State had its best team performance of the night in the final event: 50 freestyle. Five different swimmers scored points for the Pack in the event, highlighted by Bilis' third place finish. The Lithuania native touched the wall at 19.66, recording the fourth-best time in school history. Boffa, who timed in at 19.71 for fourth place, lowered his previous best time (19.82) by .11. In the preliminaries, Boffa recorded the third-best time in school history with a 19.55.
Williams turned in a time of 19.91 to finish 10th, while Barrett Miesfeld placed 13th with a 20.09 clocking. Williams' time is good for the fifth fastest all-time and Miesfeld's time of 20.00 in the preliminaries is good for sixth. Thomas rounded out the scoring for the Pack by finishing 15th with a 20.14 mark - the 10th best time in program history. Joe Martin also competed in the event, finishing with a time of 20.01. All of the times were good for NCAA "B" standards.
"We scored about 30 more points in the 50 freestyle than we did last year," Holloway added. "Several guys finished in less than 20 seconds for the first time in their careers."
The Wolfpack will return to the pool at 11 a.m. on Friday with preliminary heats of the 400 individual medley, followed by the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Finals for these events will begin at 7 p.m. and will be aired live on ESPN3.