Swimming & Diving Starts Strong at Jade Hape Dowd Nike Cup Invite
Nov. 21, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The NC State swimming & diving team completed the first day of action Thursday at the 2013 Jade Hape Dowd Nike Cup Invitational hosted by North Carolina at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.
The 14th-ranked men’s squad sits in second place through the first day of competition with 227.0 points, while the 23rd-ranked women’s squad is in third place with 192.0 points. UNC sits atop the leaderboard on both the men’s and women’s side.
The men’s 200 freestyle relay team composed of Andreas Schiellerup, Jonathan Boffa, Simonas Bilis and David Williams captured first place with a time of 1:18.97. Schiellerup posted a season-best top-time with his leadoff split of 19.69. On the women’s side, Lauren Poli, Lotta Nevalainen, Ashlyn Koletic and Riki Bonnema posted a second-place finish, tapping the wall in 1:31.05.
The Pack men had a strong performance in the 50 freestyle, as Schiellerup, Boffa and Bilis each posted top-five finishes. Schiellerup paced the squad with a second place finish, tapping the wall in 19.74. His finish in the event meets the required time for an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Boffa finished third in the field with a time of 20.21, while Bilis finished fifth with a time of 20.34.
The women’s squad was also very successful in the 50 free, as Poli and Bonnema each finished in the top five. Poli tapped the wall second overall with a time of 22.90, while Bonnema recorded a time of 22.99. Both student-athletes were able to record a ‘B’ cut in the event.
The men’s squad closed the evening with a first place performance in the 400 medley relay and an NCAA ‘B’ cut. Schiellerup teamed with Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Boffa to capture the relay title with a time of 3:11.47.
In diving, Maddie Keeley collected a score of 239.20 in the ‘A’ final in the women’s one meter competition, while Grant Saale posted a score of 292.60 in the ‘A’ final of the men’s three meter competition.
Day two of competition at the Nike Cup will begin with preliminaries at 10 a.m. Friday morning, while finals will start at 5 p.m.