No. 18 Men's Swimming Readies for 2014 ACC Championships
Feb. 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Following a strong weekend by the No. 22 NC State women’s swimming team, the No. 18 Wolfpack men’s squad will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in its 2014 ACC Championships from Feb. 26-March 1.
“The women set up the men to have another great week in the pool,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “The men are ready to represent the Wolfpack and race hard. Grant Saale had a good meet last week and got us on the board with diving points and now its up to the swimmers to bring us home. We have some big events and need to capitalize on those. We also have some events that we haven’t been as strong in where we need to step up more than where we are seeded on the psych sheet."
Last season, the men’s squad finished fifth overall at the conference meet. Ian Bishop (100 breast) and Barrett Miesfeld (100 fly) return to this year’s championships after capturing a gold medal last season in individual events. In addition, the squad returns the 400 freestyle relay team of Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Matt Thomas and David Williams, who combined to win the gold medal last season in a school record time of 2:51.29.
In the squad’s most recent competition, the Pack posted a 157-141 victory against Virginia on senior day. Boffa and sophomore Christian McCurdy each captured two individual victories on the day to lead the squad, while the Wolfpack concluded the meet with a one-two finish in the 200 freestyle relay.
Heading into the ACC Championships, State boasts four of the top 24 swimmers in the conference in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, while the squad also boasts three of the top 24 times in the 100 backstroke with Andreas Schiellerup posting the top time in the conference this season at 46.61.
In addition, the Wolfpack will take strong relay teams to Greensboro as the squad’s top 400 free relay team ranks first in the conference and the top 200 free relay team ranks second in the conference.
"We have a great group of guys heading back to Greensboro with great senior leadership,” Holloway said. “We want to send them out with a bang. At the end of the day, we are going to compete hard, try to put ourselves in scoring position as well as post NCAA qualifying times."
Admission to the event is free, but there will be an $8 fee for parking each day of the event. Fans could also opt to purchase a $15 pass for the week, but the pass must be purchased on Wednesday or Thursday.
A complete list of events and times, as well as live web streams and results, will be available at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships Central.