Henley, McCann Post Top Times at GT Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. – Marifrances Henley and Christina McCann posted two more all-time top-10 times as NC State finished its stay at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 22.
Henley recorded the sixth-fastest 100 freestyle in Wolfpack history with a 51.51, while McCann swam the ninth-best 200 breaststroke ever at NC State with a 2:20.24.
Both the men’s (340 points) and women’s (338) teams finished in fifth-place. The weekend was certainly a productive one for the Pack, as both Anna Linkenauger (400 IM) and Mason McGee (500 freestyle) hit NCAA “B Cut” qualifiers, while the women’s squad recorded 10 top-10 all-time marks – including two each from Henley and Jen Kopenitz.
Kirsten Esplin (17:37.24) and Taryn Shelley (17:43.60) both competed in the 1650 freestyle, before Kopenitz (2:01.68), Grover (2:05.54), Robertson (2:04.23), Messinger (2:07.01), Hagan (2:07.25), Shelley (2:09.27) and Robinson (2:11.16) swam the 200 backstroke.
Ashley Richter placed fifth in the 100 freestyle with a 51.02, ahead of Henley’s mark, while Dason (52:27), Hendren (52.56) and Thompson (53.07) rounded out the field. Linkenauger then placed third in the 200 breaststroke on a 2:17.37, ahead of McCann, Jessica Ward (2:22.72), Jessica Stewart (2:23.55), Esplin (2:24.21), Tracy Rorer (2:24.29) and Sarah Merritt (2:25.02). Maresa Like-Mathews (2:04.48), Jessica McBroom (2:05.61) and Maggie McEnerney (2:06.39) also took part in the 200 butterfly, while Henley, Richter, Dason and Grover took fourth in the 400-freestyle relay with a 3:25.78.
Nick Brittis swam a 16:38.43 in the 1650 freestyle, while Ben Mechak (1:50.32), Kevin Woodhull-Smith (1:50.19), Daniel Basler (1:53.34), Facundo Monteiro (1:54.74), Jimmy Ross (1:55.51) and Nick Schauer (1:56.38) competed in the 200 backstroke. Conor Brennan (46.08), Travis Martinez (46.40) and Kevin Vallario (47.01) posted top-20 finishes in the 100 freestyle, while Dan Forsythe (2:03.61) and Greg Baskwell (2:06.62) placed fourth and ninth respectively in the 200 breaststroke.
McGee (1:50.70), Sean Reams (1:51.53), Gaites Brown (1:52.80), Mike Seiferth (1:53.43) and Tyler Mills (1:55.92) all saw action in the 200 butterfly, before McGee, Brennan, Brown and Martinez ended up fifth in the 400-freestyle relay on a 3:03.61.