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NC State sits 2nd after day two at NCAA Championships

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MINNEAPOLIS- The NC State men’s swimming & diving team picked up where it left off on the second day of the NCAA Championships as it earned All-America honors in all five swimming events to sit in second place by a margin of just four points Thursday inside the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.

The Pack set an American record in the 200 freestyle relay along with setting school and ACC records in each of the swimming events.

Team Scores
1. Indiana 169
2. NC State 165
3. Texas 159
4. Florida 154
5. California 152.5

200 Freestyle Relay
The team of Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Jacob Molacek and Coleman Stewart posted a time of 1:14.50 seconds to set new American, school and ACC records. Held’s lead-off split of 18.56 also set new school & ACC records.

In the prelim the team of Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Cobe Garcia and Coleman Stewart won its heat and posted the second-fastest time overall, 1:15.43 seconds.

500 Freestyle
Anton Ipsen earned All-America honors for the fourth-consecutive year as he took third with a time of 4:09.13 seconds. He also broke the school & ACC records.

Ipsen earned the second-fastest time in the prelim, 4:11.02 seconds, Eric Knowles went 4:17.99 seconds to finish 34th and Jack McIntyre finished 47th with a time of 4:22.69 seconds.

200 IM
Along with finishing second and being named an All-American, Andreas Vazaios posted the fourth-fastest time ever as he touched the wall at 1:39.97 seconds. He also broke the school and ACC records.

Vazaios posted the third-fastest time in the prelim, touching the wall at 1:40.93 seconds.

50 Freestyle
Ryan Held became an All-American in the 50 freestyle for the fourth-straight year as he finished second with a time of 18.64. Justin Ress was named Honorable Mention All-American as he finished second in the ‘B’ final with a time of 19.06

The Pack’s four entries performed strongly in the prelim with Held going 18.69 to take second, Ress posting a time of 19.09 to finish tenth, Jacob Molacek taking 17th in 19.21 and Giovanni Izzo finishing 47th in 20.06.

400 Medley Relay
The Wolfpack earned more All-America honors as it took second and set new school and ACC records. The team of Coleman Stewart, Jacob Molacek, Ryan Held and Justin Ress posted a time of 3:01.76 seconds, re-breaking the Pack’s records from prelims.

In the prelim the Pack set new school and ACC records; Andreas Vazaios, Daniel Graber, Coleman Stewart & Jacob Molacek posted a time of 3:02.70 seconds which was the second-fastest prelim time.

Up Next:
NC State will continue competition at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis through Saturday. Action will resume inside the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at 10 a.m. on Friday as the team competes in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and 200 medley relay. Live results and live stream will be available for both sessions.

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NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day

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NC State’s Nonwoven Institute is currently using two of it’s production lines to produce materials for the creation of face masks for the use of medical workers as they fight Covid-19.

According to Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of NWI, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, the materials being made can create a face mask that can be cleaned and reused.

“Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we took the spunbond technology and created a new generation of unique filters that have excellent filtering capability and can potentially be reused after cleaning with peroxide, or potentially alcohol solution,” Pourdeyhimi said. “Because these materials are strong, unlike classical meltblown filters, they can also be cut and sewn by traditional techniques.” (NCSU)

Currently, NC State is roughly able to create material for roughly 500,000 surgical face masks per day.

Within the next month when new machinery arrives, NC State will be able to create the actual face masks on their Centennial Campus, to provide to local medical workers.

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NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

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NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.

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Stewart, a Senio, has now one the ACC Swimmer of the Year award two years in a row. At the ACC championships, he won the 100 & 200 backstrokes (2nd straight), and was part of the 1st-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

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This has almost become a lock annually for Holloway, winning the award in 7 of the last 8 years. The Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 6th consecutive ACC Championship this year.

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Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.

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Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers

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Last week NC State legend Philip Rivers signed a 1-year $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. This move led many to wonder if another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would still have a spot in Indy, or if he would be traded.

Apparently the Colts want to keep both Wolfpack QB’s on their roster.

Indy must have no qualms financially, because they are keeping Brissett on the roster, despite the fact his pay will equal $21.375 million salary cap hit.

2020 will equal be the final year of Brissett’s 2-year $30 million contract.

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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66

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NC State played their most complete game of the season, out-playing the #6 Blue Devils from tip to buzzer, resulting in a stunning 88-66 victory.
Three Pack players scored over 20 points, led by senior Markell Johnson with 28 (Daniels had 25 and Funderburk had 21. The Pack shot a solid 45% from the floor and a sizzling 60% from beyond the arc. NC State outrebounded Duke 36-27.

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