Men's Swim/Dive Makes Splash at 2014 ACC Championships
March 3, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 18 NC State men’s swimming & diving team concluded the 2014 ACC Championships over the weekend and made a huge splash throughout the competition by claiming 18 medals [7 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze] and breaking 15 school records. The squad’s second-place finish marks the highest in the Braden Holloway era.
Over the four days of competition, the Wolfpack set 45 all-time top ten marks and 11 NCAA automatic qualifying times, including all five relays. State also finished with the most medals of any ACC school in the 18 swimming events held during the week, totaling 18 medals. Florida State and Virginia Tech finished second in the medals competition with 10 apiece. A total of nine student-athletes garnered All-ACC accolades, as sophomore Simonas Bilis and David Williams led the way with all-conference honors in six events.
The men’s squad was perhaps most impressive in the five relay events contested. The Pack claimed the gold medal in four of the five relays, including the 200 medley relay, as well as the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays. State also claimed the silver medal in the 400 medley relay, finishing just 0.33 seconds behind Florida State. In addition, the Pack set an all-time ACC and school record in the 200 medley (1:23.78), 200 free relay (1:16.16) and the 400 free relay, while earning an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships in each of the five relays.
The Wolfpack also dominated the short-distance freestyle events throughout the week, claiming a total of six medals in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Williams finished with two silver medals after placing second in the 50 free [19.11] and the 200 free [1:34.14], while Bilis claimed All-ACC honors in the 50 and 200 free with bronze medals before capturing the ACC title in the 100 freestyle [42.26] on Saturday.
Christian McCurdy led the squad with two gold medals in individual events. The sophomore from Irwin, Pa., captured the ACC title in the 400 IM on Friday with a time of 3:43.61, before coming back one night later to set an all-time ACC record and break the school record with a gold medal in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:41.72.
Junior Stephen Coetzer also leaves Greensboro with the conference record in the 200 backstroke, as he stopped the clock at 1:40.53 in the preliminaries, before finishing with the silver medal with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:41.21 in the finals. Coetzer also finished with the bronze medal in the 200 IM with a time of 1:44.26.
Competing in his final ACC Championships, Ian Bishop broke the school record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. The Austin, Texas, native improved his program record mark of 1:58.23 set last season with a top time of 1:56.68. In addition, he leaves with the top mark in the program record books in the 100 breast with a 52.91, eclipsing the former record of 53.01.
Andreas Schiellerup showed glimpses into the future of the program, as the freshman from Denmark finished All-ACC in the 200 medley relay, as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. In addition, Schiellerup also claimed all-conference with a top three finish in the 100 back [2nd], an event in which he set the school record at 46.15. After joining the program in January, freshman Soren Dahl finished with All-ACC accolades on the first place 800 freestyle relay team.
Each school record is posted below, along with the All-ACC performers.
Individual Event School Records:
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