Pack Opens Competition at NCAA Championships
March 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - The NC State men's swimming team kicked off the 2014 NCAA Championships throughout the day Thursday at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
"Congratulations to all of our All-Americans to get things started at the first day of NCAA's," said head coach Braden Holloway.
The Wolfpack had three representatives in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle with Jonathan Boffa, Simonas Bilis and David Williams each competing. Bilis (19.28) and Williams (19.42) each earned their way into the evening finals by finishing in the top-16 in the preliminaries. Boffa finished 29th with a time of 19.65.
In the `B' final, Bilis finished first with a time of 19.21 to place ninth overall, while Williams tapped the wall in 19.57 to place 15th. With the finish, Bilis and Williams each earn honorable mention All-American honors in the event.
"We got some momentum going with Simonas winning the 'B' final," Holloway said.
Stephen Coetzer competed in the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley and finished 22nd overall with a time of 1:44.51.
The Pack finished 10th overall in the 400 medley relay, as the quartet of Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Jonathan Boffa swam a 3:07.38 in the evening finals. With the finish, the group captures honorable mention All-American honors.
"With three seniors to go out on that 400 medley relay with All-American honors was great," Holloway said.
Following the first day of competition, the Wolfpack is 17th in the team standings with 24 points. Texas (146) leads the competition, while California (145), Florida (137) and Michigan (109) round out the top five.
"The guys understand that it's not always going to go the way you want, but you have to fight for everything you can get," Holloway said. "Hopefully, we can come back swinging tomorrow morning."
The 2014 NCAA Championships will continue throughout the day Friday, as preliminaries are set to begin at noon and finals are set to start at 8 p.m. ET.