No. 22 Men's Swimming Heads to ACC Championships
Feb. 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - After several record-breaking performances at the 2013 ACC Championships by the women's team last week, the men's team will look to do the same when the men's ACC Swimming Championships begin on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. This marks the first time the event has been held at a neutral site.
"We're excited to get the men's championships going," said head coach Braden Holloway. "The divers got off to a great start for us, so we're ahead of where we were at this point last year. We want to advance in our seedings and try to move up every chance we get by scoring in every event."
The 22nd-ranked Wolfpack squad (5-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 conference) set nine all-time top-10 marks during the regular season, highlighted by freshman Christian McCurdy breaking the school record in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.92.
Junior Jonathan Boffa owns the fastest time on the season in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 44.01. Boffa also recorded the second-fastest times in the 50 freestyle (20.43) and 200 freestyle (1:37.37). Boffa's times in the 100 and 200 freestyle meet NCAA "B" standards.
Also hitting an NCAA "B" standard during the regular season was freshman Louis Wojciechowski. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native completed the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.74, the fastest time for the Wolfpack on the season and third best all-time. Junior Ian Bishop also hit the standard with a 54.93 in the 100 breaststroke.
The 2012 ACC Champion 400-medley relay team composed of Boffa, Bishop, Ivan Kopas and Barrett Miesfeld will look to defend their title in the event.
"We have a good group of guys that are excited, so hopefully we can keep building on each session and create some momentum and keep it going," said Holloway.
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.
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.