Wolfpack Diving, Women's Swimming Head to ACC Championships
Feb. 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State swimming & diving teams have been rigorously preparing for the 2013 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be held at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Saturday, Feb. 23. This marks the first time the event has been held at a neutral site. This week’s competition will include women's swimming & diving championships along with the men's diving championships.
“We’re excited about the ACC Championships getting underway for the women and diving for the men,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “The championship portion of the season is what every team works toward and they put in a lot of hard work to prepare for this meet.”
The Wolfpack women’s squad (8-4 overall, 4-2 conference) set 16 all-time top-10 marks during the regular season, highlighted by junior Zina Grogg’s time in the 100 backstroke (55.08) - an NCAA ‘B’ standard. The Moon Township, Pa., native also boasts the team’s top time in the 100 butterfly with a 54.68 clocking.
Senior Julianna Prim leads the team with the fastest times in the 200 freestyle at 1:49.69 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.91. Sophomore Hannah Freyman has also performed well for the Pack, posting the squad’s best times in the 100 freestyle (50.44) and the 200 backstroke (2:01.74).
The men’s and women’s diving teams will begin competition on Thursday with the 1-meter prelims, followed by the 3-meter prelims. Sophomore Rachael Mumma leads the women on the 1-meter board with a score of 308.02, while senior Hudson Rains posted the top scores on the 1-meter (366.75) and 3-meter (385.95) boards for the men. Senior Hannah Hopkins was named an All-American in 2012 on the platform dive, after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships. Hopkins finished fourth on the platform at ACCs in 2012, narrowly missing All-ACC honors.
State will be looking to mirror the success it enjoyed at the 2012 ACC Championships, as the Wolfpack set a total of nine school records in the relays and individual events.
“Last year relays were a big hit for us, breaking some school records, so we want to break them all again,” said Holloway. “We want to get off to a good start and move up where we’re seeded in our events. Hopefully we take another step forward with our program.”
Wednesday's schedule will consist of the 200-medley relay event starting at 6 p.m. and the 800 freestyle relay, beginning at 7 p.m. Action will get underway in full swing on Thursday, as the preliminary heats of the 500 freestyle, 200 Individual Medley and 50 freestyle begin at 11 a.m., while the 1-meter and 3-meter diving prelims begin at 1p.m. and 3:15 p.m., respectively.
Admission to the event is free, but there will be a $5 fee for parking on Wednesday and an $8 fee for parking Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fans could also opt to purchase a $15 pass for the week, but the pass must be purchased on Wednesday or Thursday.
A complete list of events and times, as well as live web streams and results, will be available at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships Central.