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



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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)


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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): $13,244
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

17. Virginia

22. NC State


10. Duke

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NC State’s Athletic Program Ranks 26th Over the Past 5 Years Among Power 5 Schools



Yahoo did a good job compiling some data to figure out which Power 5 schools have been the best over the past 5 years. They calculated each teams average finish in the Director’s Cup over a 5-year span, and then ranked them accordingly.

NC State ranked 26th.

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

Best sport: men’s swimming. Trajectory: down. The Wolfpack were a slight victim of their 2018 success, sliding back 11 spots from a Top 15 year. N.C. State did well in a number of fall and winter sports, but once again had their greatest success in the pool. The women finished seventh in the NCAA championships and the men were fourth. It was the fourth straight fourth-place finish for the men’s program.


ACC Athletic Programs Ranked Over the Past 5 Years

8. UNC

10. Virginia

10. Florida State

16. Notre Dame

19. Duke

26. NC State

29. Louisville

34. Virginia Tech

40. Syracuse

51. Miami

53. Clemson

56. Wake Forest

60. Boston College

62. Georgia Tech

65. Pittsburgh

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