MINNEAPOLIS – On the final day of the NCAA Championships the NC State men’s swimming & diving team won NCAA Championships inthe 1,650 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay along with earning a fourth-place finish for the third consecutive year Saturday inside the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
Anton Ipsen won the 1,650 freestyle, Andreas Vazaios won the 200 butterfly and the team of Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Jacob Molacek and Coleman Stewart won the 400 medley relay to close the meet out on a high note for the Wolfpack.
In total NC State won five events; the 800 freestyle relay, the 400 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke, the 1,650 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. It earned All-America Honors 16 times and Honorable Mention All-America five times.
Andreas Vazaios tied for the third-highest point scorer with 53 and Ryan Held was the seventh-highest with 48.
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400 Freestyle Relay
The Pack ended the night on a high note as it posted the fastest time in history, 2:44.31 seconds, as Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Jacob Molacek and Coleman Stewart finished the first.
The Pack was also outstanding in prelims as Held, Molacek, Mark McGlaughlin & Ress broke the school, U.S. Open, American & NCAA records with a time of 2:44.75 seconds.
Anton Ipsen won the NCAA Championship in the 1,650 freestyle as he touched the wall at 14:24.43 seconds, breaking the school and ACC records. Jack McIntyre finished 26th in 14:56.41 seconds and Eric Knowles took 31st in 15:00.24 seconds.
Andreas Vazaios won the ‘A’ final to earn the title of NCAA Champion; his time of 1:38.60 seconds also broke the school and ACC records. Vazaios was also the first man in the ACC to go under 1:40.00 seconds.
Vazaios also posted the fastest time in prelims, going 1:39.68 seconds while James Bretcher finished 25th in 1:43.23 seconds.
NC State had a trio of All-Americans as Ryan held broke the school and ACC record with a time of 41.08 to finish second, Justin Ress finished third in 41.49 and Jacob Molacek took fifth in 41.55.
The Pack also performed strongly in prelims as Held’s time of 41.26 saw him finish third, Ress’ time of 41.34 saw him take fourth, Molacek’s 41.74 had him sixth and Giovanni Izzo’s time of 44.06 saw him finish 40th.
Coleman Stewart was named Honorable Mention All-America as he took fourth in the ‘B’ final with a time of 1:40.01 seconds; Hennessey Stuart was also Honorable Mention All-America as he finished eighth in 1:41.73 seconds.
In the prelim Stewart took tenth in 1:39.54 seconds, Stuart finished 16th in 1:40.27 seconds and Noah Hensley finished 27th in 1:41.77 seconds.
James Brady finished 22nd with a score of 315.60.
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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.