Men's Swimming Finishes Fifth at ACC Championships
March 2, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NC State men's swimming team completed action at the 2013 ACC Championships on Saturday, finishing fifth with 481 points. Braden Holloway's squad posted numerous marks that were among the best in school history over the course of the event.
Freshman Austin Snyder got the Wolfpack off to a great start with a seventh place finish in the 1650 freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 15:12.16 - the second-best time in school history. His mark also meets an NCAA "B" standard.
State closed out the night in grand style, winning the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:51.29 - an NCAA "A" standard. The mark also broke the previous school record of 2:54.74 by more than three seconds. Simonas Bilis, David Williams, Matt Thomas and Jonathan Boffa teamed up to claim the gold medal.
Sophomore Stephen Coetzer kept the momentum going by finishing eighth in the 200 backstroke. Coetzer turned in a time of 1:43.98 in the A-Final, after recording a 1:43.21 in the preliminaries - the second-best mark in program history. Michael Camper completed the event with a 1:44.37 clocking to finish 13th while competing in the B-Final. Camper's time of 1:43.62 in the prelims is good for the third-best mark in school history. Both of the times were good for NCAA "B" standards.
In the 100 freestyle, Boffa broke his own school record of 43.05 with a time of 42.69 in the preliminary heat. Boffa finished second in the finals with a 43.04 clocking to claim a silver medal. Bilis stopped the clock at 43.11 to claim fourth and post the third-fastest time in school history. Thomas also competed in the A-Final of the event, ending with a time of 44.05 to finish eighth. Thomas' time of 43.60 in the prelims ranks as the fifth-best time in school history. All of the times were good for NCAA "B" standards.
Williams also met the standard with a time of 44.06 to finish 11th. Williams' mark is the sixth-best in the history of the program. Brandon Kingston, a senior from Ontario, Canada, touched the wall with a time of 44.53. Kingston recorded a time of 44.39 in the prelims - the eighth-best time in school history.
Ian Bishop turned in the best time for the Pack in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.23, breaking the previous school record of 1:59.13. Bishop's time was good for 10th and an NCAA "B" standard. Senior Taylor Harris clocked in at 2:01.03 in the finals and posted a 2:00.40 in the prelims - the seventh-fastest time in school history.
Junior Maximus Litvinov finished closely behind with a time of 1.59.14 in the C-Final to post the third-best time in school history. His mark was good for an NCAA "B" standard.
Freshman Christian McCurdy claimed a bronze medal in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:44.56. McCurdy broke his own school record of 1:46.92, set earlier in the season. John Newell timed in at 1:47.55 to finish 11th. Snyder ended closely behind with a 1:49.24 in the finals after posting a 1:47.24 in the prelims - the fourth-best time in school history.