May 9, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Six members of the NC State swimming and diving program were named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Marifrances Henley and Hannah Freyman were named to the women's team, while Brandon Kingston, Hudson Rains, Ivan Kopas and Jonathan Boffa picked up the honor on the men's side.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his or her academic career.
Henley, a two-time honoree, had a strong junior campaign, which included breaking four school records, one as an individual and three as a member of a relay team. Henley set a new standard in the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:47.00, and was a part of the 200-, 400-, and 800-freestyle relay teams that posted top marks. She also recorded the third-fastest time in school history in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, swimming times of 23.01 and 49.63, respectively. Henley is studying parks, recreation and tourism management.
Freyman had a phenomenal freshman season with the Wolfpack, earning All-ACC honors in the 100 freestyle, en route to breaking the school record with her time of 49.14. Freyman was also a part of four relay teams that set new school records in 2012: the 200-medley relay and the 200-, 400-, and 800-freestyle relays. In addition, Freyman posted the second-best time in program history in the 50 freestyle (22.77) and the third-best mark in the 200 freestyle (1:48.50). Freyman is undecided on a major.
Kingston, a three-time honoree, was a member of two record-setting relay teams during the 2012 season. Kingston swam a leg of both the 400- and 800-freestyle relays that broke school records this year. He also posted the third-best all-time mark in the 200 freestyle (1:36.91), the fourth-best time in the 500 freestyle (4:24.55) and the seventh-fastest time in the 1650 freestyle (15:24.24). Kingston competed at the Canadian Olympic Trials in March, recording top-15 finished in all three events that he competed in. A rising senior, Kingston is studying human biology.
Rains, a rising senior, qualified for the NCAA Zone B Diving meet on both the 1-meter and 3-meter, and finished in the top-25 in both events. He qualified for the finals on the 3-meter at the ACC Championships this season, placing eighth and scoring valuable points for the Wolfpack men. Rains is studying mathematics.
Kopas picked up his first All-ACC accolades as part of the school record-breaking 400-medley relay team that took home the gold at the ACC Championships. In addition, he posted the second-best time in the 100 backstroke (48.14) and the third-best mark in the 200 backstroke (1:44.91) during the season. A rising senior, Kopas is majoring in electrical engineering.
Boffa had a breakout season during his sophomore year, setting five new school records and posting an additional two all-time top-10 marks. Individually, Boffa set a new standard in the 100-freestyle with his time of 43.05. He was also a member of four relay teams that set new school records: the 200-medley relay and the 200-, 400-, and 800-freestyle relays. Boffa posted the second-best time in the 200 freestyle (1:36.26) and the third-fastest mark in the 50 freestyle (19.82). He earned All-ACC honors as part of the ACC Champion 400-medley relay team, and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Boffa is majoring in graphic design.