Wolfpack Men's Swimming Registers Highest NCAA Finish Since 1978-79
March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The 22nd-ranked NC State men's swimming team completed action at the 2013 NCAA Championships with 74 points to finish 15th Saturday night at the IU Natatorium. The finish was the highest for the Wolfpack since the 1978-79 season (11th) and the best among ACC schools competing.
"Words cannot describe how proud we are of these guys," said head coach Braden Holloway. "The dedication, the vision and the drive to never stop believing in what they could do at the NCAA Championships showed in their efforts. These guys came together and put their goals in front of each other and worked towards them."
The Wolfpack concluded the night with a second place finish in the consolation finals of the 400 freestyle relay. Simonas Bilis, David Williams, Matt Thomas and Jonathan Boffa teamed up to record a time of 2:52.45, earning honorable mention All-America honors. The quartet swam a time of 2:53.20 in the preliminaries to advance to the finals session.
Boffa swam a time of 42.85 in the prelims of the 100 freestyle to finish among the top-16 competitors, qualifying for the finals. In the finals session, the junior from Verona, Italy, stopped the clock at 43.00 to record the third-best time in the consolation finals and earn six points towards the team's score. Boffa also claimed honorable mention All-America honors with his finish in the finals.
"Congratulations to Jonathan (Boffa) on his All-America honor," said Holloway. "He's worked so hard to make it to the NCAA Championships this year after a learning experience at the championships last year."
Freshman Christian McCurdy competed in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall with a time of 1:45.50 in the prelims. Junior Ian Bishop took part in the 200 breaststroke, but was unfortunately disqualified for an illegal downward kick.
"We couldn't be more proud of the work that the guys have put in to finish among the top-15 at the NCAA Championships," Holloway added.