Freshmen Shine on Day One of All-NC Invite
Oct. 4, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State swimming and diving team opened its 2013-14 campaign at the second annual All-North Carolina Invitational Friday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center – the site of the 2014 ACC Championships. The women’s team sits in first place in the team standings after day one of competition, while the men’s squad is in second place behind leader East Carolina.
The Wolfpack women’s team started the day’s action posting a first and second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Freshman Addisynn Bursch, sophomore Ashlyn Koletic, junior Lauren Poli and senior Zina Grogg took top honors in the event with a time of 1:33.72. Freshmen Scott Johnson and Stuart Sharp teamed up with junior David Williams and senior Jonathan Boffa to win the men’s event with a time of 1:22.54.
Freshman Rachel Muller paced the field in her heat of the women’s 500 free, touching the wall with a time of 5:01.20 to finish second overall, while fellow first-year student Kendall Pena finished fourth in her collegiate debut with a time of 5:02.04. On the men’s side, freshman Stuart Sharp posted the top time for the Pack with a time of 4:37.94.
“I think the freshmen were excited to get their first couple of races under their belt,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “I definitely see a great future for them and I know they are excited to get this whole process started as well.”
Sophomore Christian McCurdy posted the top time in the men’s 200 IM of the evening for the Pack with a 1:52.85 and finished second overall, while sophomore Ryan Wilkinson posted a first-place finish in his heat with a time of 1:54.17 and finished fourth. In the women’s competition, sophomore Ashlyn Kolectic (2:06.91) finished first overall; Payton Schrum (2:08.12) swam in the third fastest time and Nicole Giamber (2:09.70) followed with a fifth-place finish to highlight the Pack’s performance in the event.
Poli finished with her time ranking ninth all-time in the program’s record book, as she won the 50 free, while freshman Natalie Labonge also won her heat with a time of 23.69 and finished second overall. Sophomore Simonas Bilis rounded out the event posting a time of 20.50 for the win. Freshman Scott Johnson finished third, touching the wall in 21.18.
Rounding out the evening, the women’s 400 medley relay team of junior Hannah Freyman and freshmen Kayla Brumbaum, Muller and Lotta Nevalainen to finish second behind East Carolina in the fastest heat, posting a time of 3:50.89. On the men’s side, State posted a one-two finish, with McCurdy, junior Stephen Coetzer and seniors Jonathan Boffa and Ian Bishop taking top honors with a time of 3:21.78.
Action will resume on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Admission is free, while parking costs $5.