Pack Defeats Georgia Tech, Falls to FSU
Oct. 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NC State swimming & diving team completed its first tri-meet of the season on Friday at the Morcom Aquatics Center. The men's squad downed Georgia Tech, 193-95, while the women defeated the Yellow Jackets by a final of 224-76. The 24th-ranked men’s squad, now 1-2 on the campaign, was defeated by the Seminoles, 162-136, while the women’s squad owns a 2-1 ledger for the season after defeating the Yellow Jackets and falling to Florida State, 157-143.
“It was a good afternoon of competing with some good ACC schools,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “Florida State put on a good meet and it was nice to have some good competition with some elite athletes.”
Overall, the Wolfpack claimed eight individual titles and three of four relay titles, while the men’s and women’s squads combined to record five swims below the time requirement for NCAA ‘B’ cuts on the afternoon.
“We were a lot better this weekend, compared to last weekend,” Holloway said. “I was happy with us coming in and representing in a good way. We had a lot of spirit and were a lot better in executing our races. We just have to be better at closing races out.”
The meet started with the women’s squad claiming first and second place in the 200-medley relay, with the team of Alexia Zevnik, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Lotta Nevalainen claiming top honors with a time of 1:41.75. Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Jason Deana and Simonas Bilis recorded the second fastest time on the men’s side with a time of 1:29.64.
State continued its strong performance in the relay events by collecting victories in the men’s and women’s 200 freestyle relays. The women’s team of Poli, Nevalainen, Koletic and Bonnema teamed up to record the fastest time of 1:32.42. Bilis, Schiellerup, Boffa and Scott Johnson finished first on the men’s side with a time of 1:20.45.
“For the women to go one and two in the 200-medley relay really showed a lot of our depth in the speed of strokes,” Holloway said. “To end the meet with some relay victories in the 200-freestyle, especially for those guys coming back to end the meet with a win was good”
Senior Jonathan Boffa collected first-place honors in the 100 (44.03) and 200 (1:37.47) freestyle events. His time in each event is below the required time standard for an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
Bishop, a senior from Austin, Texas, captured the individual title in the men’s 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.86, which is below the required time standard for an NCAA ‘B’ cut. The senior continued his strong performance by claiming his second individual event in the men’s 200 breaststroke, touching the wall in 2:02.69.
“Ian Bishop continues to be a leader for us in and out of the pool,” Holloway stated. “For him to step up and win the 100 and 200 breaststroke events for the second straight meet was huge.”
The Pack dominated the women’s 100 backstroke with a first, second and third-place finish. Zevnik captured the top honors for the second consecutive meet, as she posted a time of 54.81 to record her second NCAA ‘B’ cut in the event in as many meets. Grogg (55.65) and Hannah Freyman (56.50) finished second and third, respectively.
Zevnik recorded her second victory of the evening in the women’s 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.77, which is below the required time standard for an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Freyman finished as the runner-up in the event with a time of 2:01.67.
In diving, freshman Grant Saale finished with a score of 253.70 on the one-meter springboard, while Maddie Keeley finished with a final score of 242.55 in the women’s three-meter competition.
NC State opens its home slate at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center with a meet against Duke and the Miami women on Friday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.