Feb. 14, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's swim team, and the men's and women's diving team, will travel to Christiansburg, Va., to compete in the ACC Championships. The meet will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and conclude on Saturday, Feb. 18.
"We're excited to head to Blacksburg for the conference championship," said first-year head coach Braden Holloway. "The women are excited and ready to have a fun experience and compete well."
The meet will start off with two relays on Wednesday night, the 200-medley relay and 800-freestyle relay. Individual events will begin on Thursday.
"The relays have been our focus all year long," Holloway said. "We've put extra attention into trying to move up spots in the relay events, since they're worth double points, and we're excited to see them perform well to start off the meet."
As a team, the Wolfpack women have posted 18 new top-10 all-time marks on the year individual events, and two top-three times in relay events. Hannah Freyman leads the way with five individual marks, including the 100 and 200 backstroke, and the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events.
Julianna Prim has put up three top-10 times (100 and 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly), as has Kelsey Liu (200 breaststroke, 200 and 400 individual medley). Zina Grogg has swam top-10 times in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, while Siri Smits has put up two of her own, in both the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Marifrances Henley (50 freestyle), Kirsten Esplin (200 breaststroke) and Kayla Grim (200 individual medley) have each swam one top-10 all-time mark this season.
Hannah Hopkins, Kirstyn Shepler, Rachel Mumma, Hudson Rains and Ryan Smith will all be competing in the diving events for the Pack. In 2010, Hopkins won the ACC Championship on the platform dive, while Shepler took home All-ACC honors in the event. Hopkins also picked up All-ACC honors on the 3-meter board.
"They know that they have a tough task ahead of them in competing against the ACC's best, but they have confidence in how much work they've put in," said Holloway. "They are looking forward to seeing that pay of, and letting it come to fruition."
A complete list of events and times, as well as live webcasts and results, will be available at the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Central.