No. 22 Men's Swimming Primed for NCAA Championships
March 27, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The 22nd-ranked NC State men's swimming team will send nine athletes to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete in the 2013 NCAA Championships, beginning Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30, at the IU Natatorium.
"We're excited to get the men's NCAA Championships started," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We have nine talented student-athletes ready to represent NC State well. The goal is to put some points on the board and have a good showing."
Senior Brandon Kingston, juniors Ian Bishop, Jonathan Boffa, Barrett Miesfeld and Matt Thomas, sophomores Michael Camper and David Williams, and freshmen Simonas Bilis and Christian McCurdy will represent the Wolfpack.
Coach Holloway's squad qualified for the national championships in five relay events, including the 200 freestyle relay (1:17.50), 400 freestyle (2:51.29), 800 freestyle (6:23.21), 200 medley (1:26.48) and 400 medley (3:07.43).
In addition to qualifying as members of relay teams, Bilis, Bishop, Boffa, McCurdy and Miesfeld also qualified as individuals by meeting the required time standards in their respective events.
Bilis will compete in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. The freshman from Panevezys, Lithuania, finished third at the ACC Championships in the 50 freestyle to claim a bronze medal. Bishop, the ACC Champion in the 100 breaststroke, will take part in the same event at the NCAA Championships.
Boffa, the school record holder in the 100 and 200 freestyle, will swim the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. The Verona, Italy, native claimed a silver medal at the ACC Championships, with a time of 43.04 in the 100 freestyle. Boffa also competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships as a sophomore, finishing 19th in the 100 freestyle, 26th in the 200 freestyle and 35th in the 50 freestyle.
McCurdy will make the trip after breaking the school record in the 200 butterfly, stopping the clock at 1:44.56, and will swim that event at NCAAs. Rounding out the individual competitors for State will be Miesfeld, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., who won the 100 butterfly at the ACC meet, touching the wall at 46.20. He is also the program record holder in the event.
"The guys are excited and we as coaches are as well," Holloway added. "We've had a great season, so we want to put an exclamation point on it here at the NCAA Championships."
Action is set to begin on Thursday with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 7 p.m. Thursday's schedule will consist of the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay and one-meter diving.