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    Men's Swimming and Diving Opens ACC's in Sixth

    Behind strong swims in the 800 free relay and the 200 medley relay, NC State is currently tied for sixth with 50 team points after the opening day of the ACC's championships. The Wolfpack will also get a boost in the standing with the diving results are added to the team totals, as Austin Hampton finished third in the 3-meter competition.

    Stephen Mellor got the 800 free relay going with a strong leadoff swim, posting a 1:40.46 over 200 yards. The relay team, which also consisted of Kevin Woodhull-Smith, Jon Vorpagel and Mason McGee swam a 6:39.86, three seconds off of the school record and the fastest time for the team this season by nearly four seconds.

    The next event was a 200 medly relay, and anything short of a ACC record or ACC championship could be deemed a failure, as the two-time defending champs – and ACC record setters in 2006 – would try for a three-peat. World record holder Cullen Jones (50 free) and standouts Dan Velez (50 breast) and Kevin Velleca (50 back) have all graduated, leaving Steve Cowling and three new comers to pick up the slack.

    They provided a strong swim, however, dropping more than two seconds off of the top time this season with a 1:30.03. Cowling swam the leadoff backstroke leg, with Jack Roney (breast), Taylor Goodwin (fly) and Dan Glauber (free) swimming the legs.

    The championships continue tomorrow through Saturday in Chapel Hill.



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