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#4 NC State Women’s Swimming & Diving Wins Their 4th Ever ACC Championship

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State women’s swimming and diving program won its second conference championship in three years as it powered its way to the team title at the 2019 ACC Championships.

After four days of competition, NC State finished with 1,353 team points. Virginia placed second with 1,282 points, and Louisville rounded out the top three of the team standings with 1,146 points.

The Pack heads back to Raleigh with a total of 11 event titles from the conference meet, setting the program record for most single-season conference titles. The 11 wins topped the previous mark of 10 titles won in 1980.

ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S MEDAL RECAP:
NC State tallied a total of 20 podium finishes as 12 different swimmers and divers medaled across those finishes to take home All-ACC honors this season. Those 12 swimmers are the most All-ACC honorees in program history for the Wolfpack women.

Gold (11)

  • 200-yard medley relay: Haan, Hansson, Rowe, Perry (1:34.52 – program record, ACC record, meet record)
  • 200-yard individual medley: Julia Poole (1:55.13)
  • 200-yard freestyle relay: Perry, Alons, Rowe, Hansson (1:26.15 – program record, ACC record, meet record, pool record)
  • 400-yard individual medley: Kate Moore (4:05.24 – program record, NC State’s first ever ACC title in the event)
  • 100-yard breaststroke: Sophie Hansson (57.74 – program record, ACC record, meet record, pool record)
  • 100-yard backstroke: Elise Haan (51.43)
  • Platform dive: Madeline Kline (271.60)
  • 400-yard medley relay: Haan, Hansson, Alons, Perry (3:27.81 – program record, meet record)
  • 1650-yard freestyle: Tamila Holub (15:56.91)
  • 200-yard backstroke: Emma Muzzy (1:53.18)
  • 200-yard breaststroke: Sophie Hansson (2:06.73)

Silver (4)

  • 50-yard freestyle: Ky-lee Perry (21.69)
  • 400-yard individual medley: Makayla Sargent (4:06.19)
  • 1650-yard freestyle: Anna Jahns (15:56.96)
  • 400-yard freestyle relay: Perry, Alons, Hansson, Haan (3:12.80)

Bronze (5)

1650 FREE:
The Wolfpack women took a sweep of the podium for the second time during this conference meet as its distance swimmers dominated the 1650-yard freestyle final. The gold medal in the event marked the second season in a row that the Wolfpack has won the event.

Tamila Holub led the way as she touched the wall in 15:56.91 for first place, and Anna Jahns followed right behind her for second place in 15:56.96. Makayla Sargent picked up her second podium finish of the ACC Championships as she finished third in 16:06.58.

Summer Finke also impressed in the event, placing fifth overall with an NCAA B cut time of 16:13.39 that was 26 seconds better than her previous season best.

200 BACK:
Emma Muzzy picked up the first ACC title of her Wolfpack career in dramatic fashion as she won a gold medal in the 200-yard backstroke. Muzzy trailed slightly headed into the final 25 yards but came from behind down the stretch to out touch a pair of Virginia swimmers to win in 1:51.66.

Kate Moore and Elise Haan joined Muzzy in the A final. Moore took fifth place in 1:53.26, and Haan placed sixth in 1:53.71.

Danika Huizinga swam in the B final, where she posted a 1:55.37 to place in a tie for 14th overall.

200 BREASTSTROKE:
Sophie Hansson continued to make a statement at her first conference championship as she took first place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season-best mark of 2:06.73 to secure a sweep of the breaststroke events. She became the first Wolfpack woman since 1982 to win both breaststroke events at the conference meet.

Julia Poole touched sixth in 2:10.15, and Olivia Calegan rounded out the A finalists for the Pack with a 2:12.17 mark for eighth place.

Olivia Fisher (2:11.94) and Anna Shumate (2:14.67) both dropped time to score points in the B and C finals.

400 FREE RELAY:
The Wolfpack women capped off a solid weekend of relays with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Ky-lee Perry, Hansson, Kylee Alons and Haan touched the wall in an NCAA A cut time of 3:12.80.

100 FREE:
Perry added a medal to her count as she took third place with an NCAA A cut of 47.50 in the A final. Sirena Rowe also raced in the evening session, clocking a 49.39 in the C final.

200 BUTTERFLY:
Three NC State swimmers secured spots in the A and B finals in the 200-yard butterfly. Program record holder Alons took fifth place overall in 1:55.33, a time that was just off of her personal best.

Swimming in the B final, Makayla Sargent took 13th overall with a 1:59.36 mark, and Jessica Horomanski placed 16th in 2:01.03.

ONE-METER:
The Wolfpack women put together a solid final day of competition on the boards as all three divers scored points for NC State with their top-24 finishes. Madeline Kline secured a spot in the final for the second day in a row after placing fourth in the prelims with a 275.30 mark. The Wolfpack junior finished eighth in the final.

NC State’s freshman completed solid outings in the prelims and added valuable points for the Pack as Taylor Bennett (228.50) tied for 19th, and Hailey Fisher (225.65) finished 22nd.

MEN’S PLATFORM:
NC State’s men also wrapped up diving action Saturday as they competed on the platform. James Brady reached a diving final for the second straight year as he finished third in the prelims with a score of 354.80. The Wolfpack junior, who placed third on three-meter at the ACC Championships in 2018, went on to earn a podium finish for the second season in a row. He bested the program record that he already held and tallied a 376.60 for third place.

Holt Gray (12th, 280.10) and Stewart Spanbauer (18th, 245.65) both secured top-24 finishes as well.

UP NEXT:
NC State’s divers will begin preparation for the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, which will be hosted by Auburn and will run March 11-13. The women’s swimmers will wrap up their seasons with the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 20-23 in Austin, Texas.

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Mady Traore Will No Longer Enroll at NC State

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This unfortunately seemed inevitable.

According to 247Sports’ Travis Branham, 3-Star Mady Traore is no longer planning on enrolling at NC State.

Traore was a member of the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class, but wasn’t able to enroll in the Fall because of Visa issues and the English Competency Test.

Back on November 29th, I posted the following article, saying that Traore was set to join the team for the 2nd semester. Traore himself told me when I posted it, that he was expecting to join the team in December.

I received the intel 2 weeks prior to posting, and prior to things beginning to brew between NC State and Isaiah Miranda. In hindsight, I wish I would have posted it when I got the intel (haha).

4-Star Mady Traore Expected to Suit up for NC State Soon

Obviously, that didn’t happen, and isn’t happening.

When I posted the article, things were in flux, because there was one scholarship available. If Miranda came, he was going to get the scholarship, and the staff was hoping Traore would be willing to wait and enroll in April. If Miranda didn’t come, then the expectation was for Traore to join the team in December, in the way that Miranda just did.

I still believe my source’s info was solid, and there are always a lot of moving pieces in play that can change scenarios quickly.

From what I hear, the staff was genuinely hopeful they could add Miranda in December, and Traore in April, but it didn’t work out that way, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

We wish you the best Mady! You’ve got a special future in basketball.

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Ben Finley After He Led NC State to a Win Over #17 UNC: BULLETED

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Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Ben Finley defied the odds and led NC State to a 30-27 win over #17 UNC yesterday. He spoke with the media after the game, and you can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • I think he [Ryan Finley] went 2-0 here in Carter-Finley West [Kenan Stadium].
    • But just having my 1st start and being able to go out there with the guys and get the W, this is the greatest feeling ever.
    • 5 weeks ago I was the 4th-string Quarterback messing around on the Scout Team.
      • I was still getting better, and having those guys still trust me when I came back up.
      • It just means the world to have the support from the entire team. They just played so well.
      • The defense. The offensive line gave me so much time. It was like I was just camping back there. It was awesome.
  • My roommate [Matt McCabe], who starts on our artillery, which is just the PAT and field goal unit, we were like ‘dude, the 1st week against ECU, there’s no way we would have thought we both would have been starting at UNC.’ It’s unreal.
  • I was just running around trying to hug everyone. I grabbed an NC State flag and planted it on the field, as I should have.
  • The nerves go away when you take the 1st hit.
    • It helped to get that lead at 7-0.
    • Leading up to the game if you’re not nervous then something is wrong with you.
    • I was a little nervous, but it’s just football.
  • It’s his [Devin Carter] 1st week back in a while.
    • To be honest, I haven’t thrown a pass to Devin Carter in probably over a year-and-a-half.
    • It’s like that with Thayer Thomas and Darryl Jones.
    • I had never thrown a pass to Darryl until last week in Louisville.
    • It’s just kind of weird. It’s like I’m playing on an All-Star team or something. I’ve just got ballers everywhere.
  • We knew if we got this win at UNC that it would be a big old band-aid on the season. Any time you can beat your rivals, especially at their home on Senior Night, it’s just huge.
  • You can never doubt yourself.
    • To be able to persevere, that’s the biggest thing in life. Things are going to happen to you.
    • Just keep fighting and climbing up the hill. You never reach the pinnacle of the mountain.
    • You’ve just got to keep climbing and getting better. That’s what our entire team does. We’re just constantly fighting.
  • It [being on the Scout Team] definitely helped with some of the throw windows and being comfortable in the pocket.
    • It definitely doesn’t help with the speed.
      • I definitely thought the game was going to be pretty slow when I got out there last week in Louisville and this week, and it wasn’t. With the scout team you let up.
      • You don’t get tackled. I haven’t taken a hit in three years. It was just kind of getting back into that.
      • But my O-line, I don’t even look like I’ve played a game. My jersey is pristine white. Any time you can go and just camp back there and deliver the ball, it’s a privilege.
  • I wanted to graduate from NC State [didn’t consider transferring from NC State]. That’s huge.
    • I graduate in December. That’s going to be really important for me to get my degree here.
    • I never tried to get into UNC, but according to Drake [Maye] I couldn’t have. It’s good that I get a nice degree from NC State in finance and go from there.
  • I had to find my parents. I love them so much, and they’ve just been such a big part of my life.
    • They’re the best parents that anyone could ask for. They show constant support.
    • Even when I was fourth string they were coming to every single game. The last three years they haven’t missed a game. I love them so much.
    • The least I can do is go over and celebrate with them. I’m definitely going to be continuing that celebration when I get home.
  • It was Terrell Timmons [was his go-to receiver on the Scout Team], and then I got him moved up. We were just tearing up the defense. He was bumped up.
    • Then it was Jalen Coit.
    • My tight ends were ballers. We were balling. Wake Forest was fun with that slow mesh.
  • I’m glad I could do that, but it’s a team win.
    • I made some crucial mistakes that I wish I could get back that I’ll learn from.
    • It was the entire team, starting with Chris Dunn.
      Jack [Chambers] went in there and put that 1st touchdown in.
    • Our defense was making stops. It was so fun watching our defense out there.
    • This is a big-time NC State win no UNC’s Senior Day. It’s not a Ben Finley win.
  • Oh yeah [wants to be the starter at NC State next year].
    • I’ve got 3 years of eligibility to play, which is crazy that I’m going to be in college just as long as my brother and he was in college for like 20 years.
    • I want to keep playing football. I love this game. I love this team. I love this school.

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Kevin Keatts Post Game Press Conference After Exhibition vs. Lees-McRae: BULLETED

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NC State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his postgame press conference, after the Wolfpack defeated Lees-McRae 107-59 in an exhibition game. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We did some really good things tonight.
    • 1 of the things that was really good is that we had 22 assists on 40 field goals.
      • I don’t think that all of last year we had 22 in a game.
      • We shared the ball and we played with great energy.
  • Guys like Jarkel Joiner did a great job setting the tone on a defensive end.
  • We were able to play a lot of guys and see different combinations.
  • We had 4 games leading up to when we played tonight and I’m counting the 2 games in the Bahamas and the scrimmage and I am proud of our guys.
  • I will look at the tape and see what we need to clean up.
  • Our guys will be off tomorrow and ready to see Austin Peay on Monday.
  • We had 25 [deflections] at the half and I didn’t find out after the game.
    • 40 is our goal and we are trying to get 20 per half.
    • We were +5 at the start of the 2nd half, and I am going to guess and say 42 [deflections for the game].
  • You look at Terquavion Smith and 1 of the things that I wanted him to become, was more of a 2-way player.
    • He leads us with steals with 4
  • Jarkel Joiner can really dog the basketball and turn his guy over.
  • Being able to be play in the rotation of 9-10 guys can help us wear teams down.
  • It was great [watching Ernest Ross and Greg Gantt play together].
    • I didn’t play Gregg in the scrimmage because I wanted him to get an extra few days in before I put him out there.
    • It shows that Ernest and Gregg have the ability to switch 1 through 5 and play different positions.
    • It shows that we can be good with all the players we have. I was proud.
  • When any coach plays exhibitions you are crossing your fingers that nobody gets hurt and we accomplished that.
  • I wanted to go out and find some experienced guys.
    • When you look at us last year, our 4 guards were Freshman and Sophomores.
    • At our Center position, 2 guys had to play who really did not play as Freshmen, so they really were Freshmen even though they were Sophomores by the books.
    • We went out to try to get older guys and try to surround Terquavion Smith with some older guys.
  • I like our team. I like our energy, versatility, and experience.
  • The 1 thing that we ask from every player, even through recruiting, is 100% buy-in.
    • We are in a new age of basketball where there is always going to be a lot of transfers and we have to be selective with the guys that we bring in.
    • I am looking for guys that will play for NC State. If we can play for NC State, we will be fine.
  • When you look at it, because of the way we play there will be a lot of shots to go around.
    • We got 79 shots tonight and it’s enough for everybody to be successful if you share the ball and play together.
  • Give a lot of credit to Jarkel.
    • Here you are talking about a guy who has transferred from the SEC and he has kind of taken Terquavion under his wing as an older guy and embraced him and is excited about playing with him.
    • They feed off of each other.
      • You should see them in practice everyday. They are really excited about it.
      • They compete against each other in practice sometimes.
      • But, when they are on the same team, they just love playing together. I think that has helped our team.
      • Both of them are very unselfish.
        • I want to say in our scrimmage Terquavion led us in assists.
        • He had 6 in that one, you look at tonight he had 7.
        • Jarkel had 5 assists and then 6 tonight.
        • Those guys, we are seeing a path where they know they can score the basketball, but in order for us to be successful we have to get other people involved.
  • It was great to be able to throw the ball into DJ Burns to get some baskets.
  • Obviously, we are going to play a lot bigger teams where they are going to play more post guys, but I just wanted to see a sample size of Dusan Mahorcic, but also DJ where we can score the ball inside.
    • We didn’t have that dimension last year.
      • I feel like we were more perimeter than anything.
    • But those 2 guys [Dusan and DJ] are very unselfish.
  • I think every team is [worried about rebounding], unless you’ve got that 1 dominant rebounder and most teams don’t.
    • There’s a few teams that have that 1 dominant rebounder.
    • I think you have to rebound by committee now because more of basketball has become more positionless.
    • People are more all over the place doing different stuff.
    • We will be a committee rebounding team.
    • Jack Clark has been our best rebounder so far in the 4 games.
      • What did he have tonight…9… and he didn’t play like Jack Clark has played, which is a good sign for us.
      • He has been our leading rebounder.
      • Then we have got guys who get 6, guys who get 4, and guys who get 3.
      • Similar to the way we were last year, I thought we were a really good offensive rebounding team (last season).
        • Where we want to show improvement is on the defensive end.
  • You know he [KJ Keatts] is the smallest guy on our team…I wish I looked like him at times…but I think the and-1 finish…he will be talking about that.
    • But now, his younger brother, Kaden, won’t think it is impressive.
      • He will be like, “it was a weak move” or something like that.
    • I was proud. I was happy. I am happy for all of our guys.
    • Alex Nunnally goes in and bangs a 3 that sends us over 100.
    • Then you see KJ driving. It was a great moment for a Dad.
  • I don’t have to say anything to Chase Graham about his layup.
    • The team is killing him right now just so you know.
    • He tried to tell them he was euro-stepping, but I don’t know. I never thought he got to that part of it.

 

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#24 NC State vs. Virginia Tech: MATCHUP STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

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#24 NC State hosts Virginia Tech tonight at home at 7:30pm on ESPN. Below is a STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN of the two teams.

 

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