Dec. 5, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – Several members of the NC State swim team competed at the AT&T Winter National Championships Dec. 2-4. Katelyn Linker, Julianna Prim, Hannah Freyman and Marifrances Henley represented the women’s team, while Jake Matysek was the only male swimmer to make the trip. All events swam were measured in long course meters, as opposed to short course yards, which the NCAA uses.
Henley qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the 100 freestyle, with her time of 56.89. She also competed in the 200 freestyle event.
"I’d like to congratulate Miffy on obtaining her first Olympic Trials cut in the 100 free,” Holloway said. “She has worked very hard and has learned how to race her main events even better, and that has really paid off for her. Gaining more confidence was part of the plan and she executed that perfectly."
Linker competed in the 400 individual medley and the 200 butterfly, while Prim swam the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly. Freyman competed in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle, and Matysek swam the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
"We had a nice showing with some of our athletes at USA Nationals this past weekend,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “With many of our athletes preparing for final exams, it was nice to have a small contingent go down to Atlanta and represent us well with the nation's elite.”
“We had some best times and some near best times, which is exciting for where we are in the season. They gained more valuable experience and they look to carry that forward to the second half of the season."
The Pack will return to action Jan. 14, against Florida State and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.