MINNEAPOLIS- The NC State men’s swimming & diving team earned its first individual NCAA Championship since 2006 when Cullen Jones won the 50 freestyle as Coleman Stewart finished first in the 100 backstroke Friday night inside the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Heading into the final day the Pack sits fourth with 252 points.
— NC State Swim / Dive (@packswimdive) March 24, 2018
1. Indiana 325
2. Texas 306
3. California 291.5
4. NC State 252
5. Florida 246
Coleman Stewart won the NCAA Championship in the 100 back after going 44.58; his title was the Pack’s first male individual title since Cullen Jones’ 50 free championship in 2006 and the first individual championship won by head coach Braden Holloway. Stewart was joined on the podium by Andreas Vazaios who finished third in 44.81.
In prelims Vazaios finished second with a time of 45.00, Stewart took seventh in 45.16, Stuart finished 23rd in 46.20 and Noah Hensley posted a time of 46.28 to take 25th.
Anton Ipsen set a new school record as he took third in the ‘B’ final, touching the wall at 3:39.71 seconds to be named Honorable Mention All-America.
Ipsen posted the 12th-fastest time in the prelim as broke the school record with a time of 3:39.90 seconds while Eric Knowles finished 35th in 3:46.79 seconds.
Ryan Held added another All-America Honor to his resume as he took fifth in the ‘A’ final with a time of 44.88. Coleman Stewart added Honorable Mention All-America Honors as he went 44.84 to win the ‘B’ final; a time that would have seen him take fifth in the ‘A’ final.
In the prelim Held took fourth in 45.06, Stewart finished 11th in 45.36 and James Bretscher finished 38th in 46.98.
James Brady earned a top-20 finish as he posted a score of 364.30 to take 20th.
200 Medley Relay
The Pack earned All-America Honors as Andreas Vazaios, Daniel Graber, Jacob Molacek and Cobe Garcia took eighth in the ‘A’ final with a time of 1:24.88.
In the prelim Andreas Vazaios, Daniel Graber, Coleman Stewart & Jacob Molacek posted a time of 1:23.66 seconds in the 200 medley relay to finish seventh and advance to the A final
NC State will continue competition at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Action will resume inside the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at 11 a.m. (ET) on Saturday as the team competes in the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and 400 freestyle 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
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.
NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.
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.
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.
Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers
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.
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
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.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66
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.