Two Records Falls on First Day at ACC's
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Two school records, including a 14-year old relay mark, met its demise as NC State men’s swimming performed exceptionally at the first day of the ACC Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The Pack ended the evening with 50 points, good for fifth overall.
Mason McGee, Kevin Woodhull-Smith, Gaites Brown and Andrew Lester knocked nearly seven seconds off of the 800 freestyle relay with a combined 6:29.84, smashing the old school record of 6:36.26 set in 1995 by Braden Walts, J.J. Marus, Matt Ream and Carlos Santander. McGee offered a 1:35.96 in the leadoff split, with Woodhull-Smith posting a 1:37.81. Brown then put up a 1:38.25, before Lester ended in a hurry with a 1:37.82.
McGee’s split of 1:35.96 also stands as a new school record in the 200 freestyle, topping Santender’s 1:36.95 from 1997.
“I’m incredibly proud of our guys for the swim they had in the 800 freestyle relay,” said head coach Brooks Teal. “The finish was our highest relay placing in several years, and it allowed us to put some solid points on the scoreboard. Even more importantly were the individual splits that our guys put up, with Mason setting a new school record and the other guys giving us our top performances of the season when it mattered most.”
The time in the 800 freestyle also hit an NCAA “B” qualifying standard.
Earlier in the day Stephen Mellor, Dan Forsythe, Taylor Goodwin and Conor Brennan posted the top 200-medley relay on the squad this year with 1:29.55 for eighth place. Mellor started with a 23.23, which Forsythe followed with a 24.87. Goodwin (21.36) and Brennan (20.09) ended the race with lightning-fast splits.
“I’m very proud of our guys for scoring some solid points in the 200 medley relay, which is usually not one of our strongest events,” said Teal. “It shows the guys what they are capable of achieving and it helps set the tone for a positive run at the ACC Championships.”
Action will continue at the ACC Championships tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 26. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m., with the finals starting off at 6 p.m.