GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State men’s swimming & diving team picked up a pair of ACC awards as head coach Braden Holloway was named ACC Men’s Coach of the Year and Andreas Vazaios was named ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year Thursday, as announced by the conference office.
Holloway won the award for the fourth-straight year and the fifth time overall while Vazaios earned the honor for the first time.
From the Coach
“This is definitely not a coach of the year, but a staff of the year,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “Hats off to our staff, all of our coaches, our support staff; strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, our administration and all those out there who support these young men daily in their quest for excellence, especially our parent group and alumni group who travel so well and support these guys at all competitions. We’re grateful for all the support, it’s a great honor for this staff to receive this award in such a great confrerence and we’re proud of these young men and all they’ve accomplished.
We’re very proud of Andreas, he’s an exceptional young man, an outstanding student and he happens to swim pretty fast. He’s worked hard each and every day, he believes in our coaching staff and he believes in our support group. He loves NC State and its really great to see him thrive and succeed this year. He’s very versatile; he’s got a lot of speed on all four strokes and he helps us on multiple relays. To be a national champion multiple times and to be so close in the other events; he’s been a great asset to our program and a leader in and out of the pool. We’re so happy for him winning this award, I know he’s thankful to his teammates for helping him push to reach these heights and it’s an honor for them as well.”
ACC Men’s Coach of the Year – Braden Holloway
The Pack finished fourth at the NCAA Championships for the third-straight year and won NCAA titles in five events; the 100 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 1,650 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay. Coleman Stewart’s title in the 100 backstroke was the first individual NCAA Championship by an NC State men’s swimmer since Cullen Jones won the 50 freestyle in 2006 and the first individual title under Holloway. The Wolfpack’s five event titles was an ACC record for most event titles by an individual school.
The Wolfpack earned All-America honors 10 times in individual events along with All-America Honorable Mention honors five times. NC State earned All-America honors in all five relays.
At the ACC Championships NC State won four of the five relays, 10 of the 13 individual swimming events and earned 23 podium finishes on route to winning its fourth-straight title.
ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year – Andreas Vazaios
At the NCAA Championships Vazaios earned NCAA Titles in 200 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay. In the 200 butterfly Vazaios broke the ACC and school records while the Pack’s 800 freestyle relay team broke the NCAA, U.S. Open, ACC and school records. Vazaios lead-off split of 1:31.32 seconds also broke the school and ACC records.
He garnered All-America honors in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 200 medley relay. He tied as the third-highest point-scorer at the meet with 75 points.
At the ACC Championships Vazaios won the 200 IM and was part of the first-place finishing 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay; he took second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 200 freestyle.
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NC State vs. Ball State will be a BLACK OUT
NC State will be wearing ALL BLACK on Saturday night in their Week 3 game against Ball State at 7pm.
— NC State Football 🐺🐺🏈 (@PackFootball) September 15, 2019
Last year, NC State lost 27-23 in ALL BLACK to Wake Forest on Thursday night, which was their first loss in ALL BLACK, winning the previous three games through the years.
In 2017, the Wolfpack wore their “BLACK Howl” uniforms against #17 Louisville on Thursday night, and took down the Cardinals 39-25.
The Wolfpack also wore ALL BLACK in a 35-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky in 2015.
In 2014, NC State beat Old Dominion 46-34 in ALL BLACK.
The Wolfpack wore BLACK jersey’s in tandem with RED pants and RED helmets against Louisville in 2015, slipping 13-20 in the rain.
In 2011, NC State wore BLACK jerseys and pants, with RED helmets in a 38-24 victory over Central Michigan.
As far as I can tell, NC State is 3-0 when wearing ALL BLACK heading into Thursday nights matchup against the Demon Deacons.
NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Rank in Top-15 in Preseason Polls
For the 1st time since 2007, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are ranked in the Top-15 in the Preseason Poll.
The Women’s team won their third straight ACC Championship last year, and the Men finished 3rd. The ladies finished 13th at the NCAA Championships last year, and the fellas finished 11th.
The Women’s Cross-Country team are in the Preseason Top-15 for the 4th year in a row, and the Men find their way in the Top-15 at the start of the year for the first time since 2014.
Money Magazine Ranks NC State as the 40th Best College for the Money
Recently Money Magazine ranked the best colleges in America for the money heading into the 2019-20 school year, public and private, and NC State is ranked 40th. Behind Duke, they are the ranked as the 2nd best school in North Carolina, and the #1 Public School.
Going to college shouldn’t mean a lifetime of debt. To find the schools that successfully combine quality and affordability, MONEY weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings. Explore our list, then build your own. (Money)
Here’s what they had to say about North Carolina State University:
North Carolina State University is a school with deep-rooted tradition and local pride. In fact, many current students have parents and grandparents who are NC State alumni. Probably best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its 34,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Take your pick from animal science, extension education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering, and more. With its location in Raleigh, there’s always plenty to do, both on campus and off. Hundreds of student clubs are constantly recruiting on the Brickyard, State’s central quad, and Greek parties run late into the night. But nothing brings the community together as much as cheering for NC State’s Division I sports teams, embroiled in a century-old rivalry with nearby UNC. Students and professors go all out, dressing in red, roasting pigs at tailgating sessions, and pitching tents in parking lots before games. When it’s time to study, the Learning Commons offers a quiet escape. Undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 79% graduation rate, which is slightly higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh’s students, according to MONEY’s calculations. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $55,800, according to PayScale. (Money)
CNBC Ranks NC State #22 Public University that Pays off the Most
CNBC released a report this week exploring the Top-50 U.S. Colleges (Private & Public) that pay off the most. To understand all of the details that went into their calculations, click here, but in a nutshell, they calculated the net cost to attend each college, and divided it by a graduates expected annual earnings.
NC State ranked 22nd out of all the Public Universities nationally.
NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a public university that enrolls roughly 35,479 students. The public university is known for its veterinary medicine program.
Average net cost (income $48,001-$75,000): $13,244CNBC
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $55,800
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $104,700
Salary average, early and mid career: $80,250
Other ACC schools represented on the list:
5. Georgia Tech
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