Bishop, Miesfeld Win Gold Medals at ACC Championships
March 1, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Juniors Ian Bishop and Barrett Miesfeld broke the school records in their respective events en route to claiming gold medals at the 2013 ACC Championships on Friday. Bishop won the title in the 100 breaststroke, while Miesfeld claimed the honor in the 100 butterfly.
In total, State swimmers broke five school records on a very successful third day of competition at the ACC Championships. The Wolfpack stands fifth in the team standings with 323.5 points.
"The Wolfpack had an amazing night tonight, one that we are really proud of and excited about," said head Braden Holloway. "Tonight was a great team effort from the guys swimming to everyone on the deck keeping up the energy level. Hats off to Bishop and Miesfeld for winning gold medals and breaking the school records."
Bishop, a native of Austin, Texas, initially broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke with his swim in the preliminary heat, touching the wall at 53.27. Bishop's mark bested the previous mark of 54.37 by a full second. After qualifying for the A-Final, the junior finished with a time of 53.49 to claim first place and hit an NCAA "B" standard.
Maximus Litvinov also competed in the event, recording a time of 55.15 to finish 13th and meet an NCAA "B" standard as well. Litvinov's time ties as the fifth best time in program history.
Miesfeld, who was already the school's record holder, topped his previous best time with a 46.20 in the 100 butterfly to claim gold. Hailing from Tucson, Ariz., the junior posted a time of 46.41 in the preliminaries to break his school record, then lowered his time in the finals of the event. Both times were good for an NCAA "B" standard. Sophomore John Newell registered the third-best time in school history in the event with a 48.32 clocking.
In the 400 medley relay, Bishop, Miesfeld, Michael Camper and Jonathan Boffa combined to finish with a time of 3:07.43 - an NCAA "A" standard. The mark bested the previous record of 3:10.90 by more than three seconds. State finished second in the event to claim silver.
Freshman Christian McCurdy broke the school record in the 400 individual medley, timing in at 3:47.78 in the B-Final. McCurdy finished with a time of 3:50.28 in the preliminaries, but had a great swim for the Pack in the finals to meet an NCAA "B" standard. Camper turned in a time of 3:49.70 in the preliminaries to qualify for the A-Final. The sophomore's time stands as the second-best mark in program history, also hitting an NCAA "B" standard.
Taylor Harris finished 12th in the event with a time of 3:50.72 to hit an NCAA "B" standard and set the fifth-best time in school history. Freshman Autin Snyder rounded out the Pack's scoring in the event with a time of 3:52.75. Snyder's time of 3:50.27 in the preliminary heat stands as the fourth-best mark in school history.
State had its best event of the day in the 200 freestyle, scoring 55 points. Freshman Simonas Bilis finished second with a time of 1:35.56, while sophomore David Williams claimed fourth with a 1:36.04. Bilis' time broke the school record and Williams' mark stands fourth-best. Boffa timed in at 1:36.58 in the finals, after posting a time of 1:35.78 in the prelims, which is the second-best time in school history.
"We scored more points in the 200 freestyle than any other school in the conference, which shows our depth in the freestyle events as that is a strength of our program," Holloway added.
Action on Saturday, the final day of competition, will begin at 11 a.m. with prelims, followed by finals starting at 7 p.m. The finals session will be aired on ESPN3.