Pack Captures Two Gold Medals to Open ACC Championships
Feb. 26, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 18 NC State men's swimming team opened the 2014 ACC Championships by capturing the gold medal in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"That was an amazing start for the Wolfpack men," said head coach Braden Holloway. "I couldn't have asked for anything better with two great performances. Just the environment and atmosphere on deck was fun for everyone. We swam good races, we swam smart races and the hard work paid off."
In the record-setting 200 medley relay, the quartet of Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and David Williams captured the gold medal with a blazing time of 1:23.78. The time surpasses the previous school record of 1:26.48 and meets the NCAA `A' qualifying standard, while ranking as the fastest time in the country this season. The time also established a new all-time ACC record, besting the previous mark in the event of 1:24.84.
"To go out and swim an ACC record and the fastest time in the country this year in the 200 medley relay puts us in a good spot and was a great way to begin the week," Holloway said.
State followed with another first place performance in the 800 freestyle, as the team of Jonathan Boffa, Simonas Bilis, Soren Dahl and Williams combined to swim the event in a program record time of 6:15.58. The time also meets the qualifying standard for an NCAA `A' cut. In addition, Boffa's lead-off split of 1:34.30 sits atop the program record book in the 200 freestyle, as it eclipsed the previous mark of 1:34.93.
"We also had a well-balanced 800 free relay and that was a great moment for those guys," Holloway said.
Following the first day of competition, State sits atop the team standings with 128 points, with Virginia Tech (110), Notre Dame (104), Florida State (102) and Virginia (102) rounding out the top five.
Competition from the ACC Championships will resume Thursday, with preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m., and finals scheduled to start at 7 p.m., at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.