Swimming Wraps Up Home Schedule With North Carolina Meet: The NC State men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host North Carolina on Tuesday, January 23 at 5 pm in the Casey Aquatics Center. The men are holding at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC with two ACC meets remaining. The women's squad will head into the meet with a 3-5 record overall and are hoping to secure its first ACC win of the season.
It will be the last home meet for six NC State seniors - Lindsay Barwegen, Kerry Whitson, Amy Baskwell, Melissa Jamerino, Laura Neely and Steve Cowling. Senior Day celebrations were held on Saturday, January 13th against South Carolina so the six seniors could have their families at the event. The final regular season meet for both squads will be on January 27 as it heads to Clemson.
Mellor Impressive Against Gamecocks: Sophomore Stephen Mellor won two more events and placed third in another against South Carolina as his impressive debut season rolls on. Mellor leads the team in individual event wins with nine, and has a team-high 14 top-5 finishes.
He has the fastest time on the team in the 200 back (1:46.27), 200 fly (1:51.63), 200 individual medley (1:49.42) and the 400 IM (3:53.08) and is second in the 100 back (50.10).
Mellor already has a pair of NCAA 'B' cut time on the season with his swims in the 200 back and 400 IM and is second in the conference in the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM.
Divers Continue to Impress: Austin Hampton and Alexander Dambly burst on to the diving scene last season with impressive freshmen campaigns and have continued that momentum this year.
Hampton is seventh in the ACC on the 1-meter board with a 348.81 and sixth in the 3-meter with a school record 366.80. He has five wins in diving events, tops among divers and third on the team overall.
Dambly has been solid as well, placing 11th in the ACC with a 339.98 and is 12th with a 307.05 in the 1-meter. He has one win and eight top-5 finishes.
A third male diver, Scott Blackweler, competed in his first event of his career after injuries forced him out of action last year.
The women's squad has stepped up all season, with two freshmen and junior Natalie Swisher providing a needed spark after the graduation of ACC Champion Molly Culberson.
Swisher is third on the team in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, while Emily Cheffins leads the team in both events (and ranks among the top-10 in the ACC) while Chelsea Ale is second on the team in each event.
A third freshman, Kristen Andrea-Davies finished second in the 1-meter against South Carolina in her first collegiate meet.
Linkenauger Leading Pack in Freshman Season: Anna Linkenauger has already had a season to remember. She leads the team in the 200 backstroke (2:03.96), 200 IM (2:05.14) and 400 IM (4:25.42) and has a team-high 15 top-5 finishes for the Wolfpack.
Cowling Shows Versatility: While easily the most versatile swimmer on the squad, senior Steve Cowling usually is unsure of which three events he will swim at any given meet. The native of England has swam in the 100 back, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 200 IM as well as both the medley and freestyle relays this season.
While the 100 back is his best event (he won an ACC championship in the event as a sophomore and had the second fastest time in the conference last season), Cowling does any and all events to help lead the Wolfpack in the pool during dual meets.
Whitson, Barwegen Top Wolfpack Times: The senior duo are a formidable pair in the pool as they combine to lead the team in all six of the freestyle events for the Wolfpack. Whitson is first in the 50 free (23.87), 100 free (51.91) and 200 free (1:51.81) while Barwegen leads the team in the 500 free (4:56.41), 1000 free (10:15.20) and 1650 free (16:59.26). In addition, Whitson is second to Barwegen in the 500 free (4:58.23) and Barwegen is third to Whitson in the 200 free (1:53.78).
Other Team Leaders: Jack Roney and Jessica Stewart are the top breaststrokers for the Wolfpack in both the 100 and 200 breast … Taylor Goodwin (50 free, 100 free), Mason McGee (200 free, 500 free) and Andrew Lester (1000 free, 1650 free) lead the men's side.