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    Swim & Dive Ready for Conference Clash with Terps

    RALEIGH, N.C. NC State men and women’s swimming and diving will return to competition tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 26, taking on Maryland in College Park, Md. Action is slated to begin at 11 a.m. The Terrapin men are 3-4 (1-0 ACC), while the women carry a 3-4 (0-1 ACC) record.

    The red and white women own a 3-4 (0-3 ACC) mark after falling to Clemson last Saturday. Erica Smith is eighth in the ACC in the 100-back (56.64) and 10th in the 200-back (2:02.44), while Patrice Dason stands seventh in the 200-butter (55.58). Jennifer Kopenitz is fifth in the 400-IM (4.23.55) and ninth in the 200-back (2:01.78), and Anna Linkenauger is sixth in the 400-IM (4:24.18) and eighth in the 200-IM (2:03.82).

    Chelsea Ale’s 303.83 in the 1-meter dive is tops in the conference, while her 205.50 is good for sixth in the platform dive. Kristin Davies’ 226.50 score puts her at third in the league in the platform dive.

    The Wolfpack men stand at 4-2 (1-2 ACC), having also lost to Clemson a week ago. State swimmers and divers have offered several strong individual performances thus far into the season, including eight top-five ACC times in several events. Stephen Mellor has the best time in the conference in both the 200-back (1:44.54) and 200-IM (1:48.32), while owning the second-best showing in the 400-IM (3:53.31). Andrew Lester ranks fifth in the ACC in the 500-free (4:27.64), 1650-free (15:30.85) and 400-IM (3:58.48), and Mason McGee is fourth in the league in the 200-free (1:38.79). The Pack’s 800-free relay team has the best time in the conference with a 6:39.12

    In diving action, Austin Hampton has the 10th best score in both the 1-meter (324.90) and 3-meter (337.35) dives.

    Following Saturday’s meet, the Pack will return to action next Friday, Feb. 1. State will meet North Carolina in Chapel Hill beginning at 5 p.m.



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