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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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NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day

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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.

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NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

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NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.

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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.

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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.

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Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.

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Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers

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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.

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.

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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66

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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.

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