Men's Swimming in 12th Place After Day One at NCAA Championships
March 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The NC State men's swimming team completed a successful first day at the 2013 NCAA Championships, finishing in the top-16 of two relay events to earn a pair of honorable mention All-America honors. The Wolfpack scored a total of 24 points and is currently 12th among participating teams.
"We had a pretty good first day at the NCAA Championships," said head coach Braden Holloway. "The guys swam with a lot of heart and made some adjustments from this morning's session. Congratulations to the new All-Americans and we look forward to adding more as the weekend continues."
The Pack got off to a great start in the first event of the day with a 10th place finish in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle relay to advance to the finals. Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Matt Thomas and David Williams teamed up to record a time of 1:18.05. In the finals, the group posted a time of 1:18.41 to finish 12th and score 10 points for the Wolfpack. The 12th place finish also earned honorable mention All-America honors for the members of the relay team.
Bilis and Boffa also competed in the 50 freestyle. Bilis turned in a time of 19.88 in the prelims, while Boffa stopped the clock at 19.93.
In the 400 medley relay, Michael Camper, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Boffa combined to record a time of 3:09.20 in the prelims to qualify for the finals session. The quartet was clocked at 3:08.52, claiming honorable mention All-America honors.
"The 400 medley relay to end the night was a big stepping stone for the guys for the weekend," Holloway said. "They roared back to take second in that heat and I think that was huge."
Camper, a sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., broke the school record in the 100 backstroke with his lead-off split time of 47.75. The mark broke Coach Holloway's previous school record of 47.77, which stood for 13 years.
"We're real proud of him for breaking the school record and it's a big accomplishment," said Holloway.
NC State will return to action at the championships Friday, March 29, when it competes in the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 800 freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with finals slated to begin at 7 p.m. The finals session will be aired on ESPN3.