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 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.