Pack Concludes All-NC Invite in Strong Fashion
Oct. 5, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State swimming and diving team had a strong showing on day two of competition at the All-North Carolina Invitational Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Wolfpack men’s and women’s squads each finished the Invitational in first place overall in the team standings.
“We came back much better today than yesterday,” said head coach Braden Holloway. "Yesterday, we weren’t very good. The first race of the season, I was hoping we would be better. The good news is everybody made adjustments and we came back a little better. I think we can build on today heading into the next meet.”
The 200-medley relay started the day off for the Wolfpack, and the women’s team of sophomore Zina Grogg, freshman Ashlyn Koletic, and juniors Lauren Poli and Hannah Freyman posted a second place finish with a time of 1:43.74. On the men’s side, the Pack had teams finish in the top two, with freshmen Andreas Schiellerup and Derek Hren teaming up with sophomore Simonas Bilis and junior David Williams finishing with the top time, touching the wall in 1:31.50.
In the 400-yard individual relay, freshman Addisynn Bursch and senior Kelsey Liu finished first and second, respectively. Bursch touched the wall in 4:23.18, the ninth-fastest time in program history, while Liu touched in 4:26.82. Sophomore Christian McCurdey (3:58.27) and junior Michael Camper (4:01.27) claimed the top two times in the men’s race.
Junior John Newell finished with the best overall time in the men’s 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 50.32, while sophomore Jason Deana (51.49) and junior Stephen Coetzer (51.50) also recorded top-five finishes finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Pack men dominated the 200 free, with senior Jonathan Boffa (1:39.18), junior Chad Harrington (1:39.65) and Simonas Bilis (1:40.52) claiming first, second and third. Sophomore Kristin Connors claimed the top time in the women’s 200 free, completing her heat in 1:51.71. Freshmen Lotta Nevalainen and junior Hannah Freyman also finished in the top-five, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
The Pack recorded two top-three finishes in the men’s 100-yard backstroke, as Schiellerup won the event in 50.03 and Coetzer recorded a third-place finish in 51.70.
State rounded out the morning session with strong showings in the 1650 free, as freshmen Rachel Muller (17:11.36) and Kendall Pena (17:15.79) recorded the top two times on the women’s side. Meanwhile, the men also posted the top two finishes, as freshmen Adam Linker (16:08.62) and Matt O’Donnell (16:17.15) finished first and second, respectively.
“For the first meet of the year, I thought everyone dove the way they were expected to dive,” said head diving coach Josh Karshen. “I thought Maddie dove great and I thought the freshmen stepped up and did really well.”
The Pack closed the evening with strong showings in the 400-free medley relay events. On the women’s side, Connors, Poli and Freyman teamed with freshman Natalie Labonge to take home the top honors with a time of 3:26.31. Schiellerup, Deana, Williams and Boffa combined to take the top honors in the men’s event with a time of 3:02.21.
“Todd Desorbo puts the event together and does a great job,” Holloway said. “The officials take a lot of time out of their busy schedules to help us as well. Thank you to the GAC for allowing us to come and the opportunity to showcase college swimming within the state.
Up next, the Pack will compete against Virginia Tech on Oct. 19 at 1 p.m., in Blacksburg, Va.