Men's Swimming Primed for NCAA Championships
March 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s swimming team is set to begin competition at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The competition will take place from March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Nine members of the team, as well as four alternates, were selected to take part in the upcoming Championships. Simonas Bilis, Ian Bishop, Jonathan Boffa, Stephen Coetzer, Soren Dahl, Christian McCurdy, Barrett Miesfeld, Andreas Schiellerup and David Williams will compete in a combined 17 individual events. In addition, Scott Johnson, Derek Hren, Matt Thomas and Michael Camper were selected as alternates in relay events.
The Pack will have a team represented in each of the five relays that will be held throughout the week. The squad posted a time among the top five around the country in each relay this season, including the second fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:16.16) and the 200 medley relay (1:23.78).
Bilis, Boffa and Williams will each represent the Wolfpack in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events, as only five competitors will swim in each of the three events. Bilis owns a time among the top 10 fastest posted in the 50 free, as well as the 100 free. Williams ranks among the top 10 times clocked this season in the 100 free.
In addition, Coetzer is slated to compete in the 200 individual medley and the 200 back, while McCurdy will swim in the 400 IM and the 200 fly after winning the ACC title in both events earlier this month.
Senior Ian Bishop returns to his hometown of Austin, Texas for the final meet of his collegiate career, as he will compete in the 100 breaststroke. Barrett Miesfeld will also conclude his Wolfpack career in Austin, as he will swim the 100 butterfly.
Schiellerup and Dahl will each make their first trip to the NCAA Championships. Schiellerup will compete in the 100 backstroke after breaking the school record with a leadoff split in the 400 medley at the ACC Championships of 45.92. Meanwhile, Dahl, who joined the squad in January, will compete in the 100 butterfly.
Last season, the men’s squad posted its highest finish since the 1978-79 campaign with a 15th place finish to go along with the top performance in the ACC. Bilis, Bishop, Boffa, Camper, Miesfeld, Thomas and Williams each return to the NCAA Championships after earning All-American honors a year ago.
Preliminaries at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships are scheduled to get underway Thursday at noon, while the finals session will begin at 8 p.m. ET.