Swimming & Diving Opens Season
Oct. 15, 2011
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Some late-discovered scoring issues at Virginia Tech put a huge damper on the afternoon as the NC State swimming and diving team opened its season on Saturday. The men (0-1, 0-1 ACC) and women (1-1, 0-1 ACC) both fell to the Hokies, while the women also topped James Madison.
The Wolfpack squads combined to set three pool records, establish three all-time top-10 school marks, and collect first-place in 13 events.
The men's team initially thought it had picked up a huge conference road win, but that joy was short lived as a scoring error was discovered afterwards and the Hokies ultimately wound up victorious. A debated re-swim of the 200-medley relay resulted in the change.
The men fell by a score of 155-145. The women ended up behind the Hokies, 85-55, while besting JMU 91-49.
"I am very proud of the way we came out and competed today," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We showed a lot of desire and emotion in the pool, both before and during the meet, and the team fed off of that.
The men collected first place nine times, with Brandon Kingston and Jonathan Boffa each winning two events. Kingston set a pool record by winning the 1000 freestyle with a 9:24.77, later taking the 500 freestyle with a 4:34.35. Boffa won both the 200 freestyle (1:39.31) and 100 freestyle (44.62). His mark in the 100 freestyle replaces his old personal best as the new eighth-best time in school history.
Bishop won the 100 breaststroke with a 56.98, while Martin's 20.83 time was tops in the 50 freestyle. Matysek used a 2:06.38 to win the 200 breaststroke, with Bishop taking second on a 2:07.37. Miesfeld claimed the 100 butterfly with a 48.74, and Rains placed second (345.60) and third (320.15) respectively on the 3- and 1-meter dives.
The 400-freestyle relay of Boffa, Conor Brennan, Miesfeld and Gaites Brown ended the day by setting a pool record and taking first with a 3:01.43.
State's women set a pool record of its own, took first four times and posted two all-time top-10 school times. Kelsey Liu won the 200 breaststroke and recorded the fourth-best swim in school history with a 2:17.47, while Hannah Freyman's 56.62 was second in the 100 backstroke and is the seventh-fastest in the Wolfpack record book.
"For our first meet of the season, we are pleased with how we competed," said Holloway. "We still have many things to work on and holes to fill, but the meets along the season help us progress towards our end result and goals.
NC State swimming and diving will return to action next Friday, Oct. 21, at Maryland. Action will begin at 3 p.m., in College Park, Md.