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NC State Men’s Swimming & Diving Claim 5th Straight ACC Title!



GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State men’s swimming and diving team won its fifth conference championship in a row and the program’s 29th overall conference title as it took first place at the 2019 ACC Championships.


After four days of competition in the conference championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, NC State finished on top with 1,396.5 team points. Louisville took second place with 1,135.5 points, and Virginia rounded out the top three of the team standings with 1,108 points.


Coleman Stewart was honored as ACC Meet Co-MVP after racking up two individual titles and a relay title and breaking a pair of ACC records over the course of the four-day meet. It marks the third straight season that a swimmer from NC State has been honored as meet MVP.

Every swimmer that competed for the Pack at the 2019 ACC Championships scored points for the team.

NC State picked up a total of 17 podium finishes, including five gold medals. Ten swimmers and divers took home All-ACC honors with podium finishes in their individual events or top finishes as part of a relay.

Gold (5)

  • 200-yard medley relay: Stewart, Graber, Korstanje, Ress (1:22.37 – ACC record, meet record, program record, pool record)
  • 500-yard freestyle: Eric Knowles (4:12.13)
  • 100-yard backstroke: Coleman Stewart (44.44 – ACC record, meet record, program record, pool record)
  • 400-yard medley relay: Stewart, Graber, Korstanje, Izzo (3:03.26 – meet record)
  • 200-yard backstroke: Coleman Stewart(1:39.10 – pool record)

Silver (5)

Bronze (7)

200 BACK:
Stewart once again defended his title as he took home gold in the 200-yard backstroke for the second season in a row. The win on Saturday night secured his second consecutive sweep of the backstroke events after he also did so at the 2018 ACC Championships. Stewart became just the third Wolfpack man in program history to sweep the backstroke events in back-to-back seasons. The Wolfpack junior clocked a lifetime best of 1:39.10 for a pool record.


Noah Hensley joined him in the A final. After posting a personal best in the morning’s prelims, Hensley went on to clock a 1:41.83 for sixth place in his third individual A final of the meet.

Jacob Johnson won his finals heat once again, this time in the 200-yard backstroke. He out-touched the field in the B final and posted a personal-best time of 1:42.23.

Andreas Vazaios completed a solid week of competition by picking up his third individual podium finish with a second-place performance in the 200-yard butterfly. The senior touched the wall in 1:41.03 to add to his medal count.

James Bretscher and Zach Brown both qualified for the A final where they secured top-eight finishes. Bretscher placed seventh in 1:53.24, and Brown took eighth place in 1:43.34.

1650 FREE:
The Pack started its evening session strong as all four of its 1650-yard freestyle swimmers clocked lifetime bests in the event.

Jack McIntyre led the way with a podium finish. The Wolfpack junior bettered his time that stands at third in program history as he posted a 14:41.73 in Saturday night’s final heat to take home third place.

Eric Knowles also improved his mark in the event, clocking in at 14:46.85 for fifth place overall.

Danny Erlenmeyer was the first member of the Pack to see action in the mile, and he kicked off the Pack’s final day of competition with the best mile performance of his career. The Wolfpack junior touched the wall in 14:59.51 to drop almost 10 seconds off of his lifetime best and to move into fifth in program history. Erlenmeyer’s time ranked eighth overall in the ACC Championships field.

Gil Kiesler also swam the fastest 1650-yard freestyle time of his career as he clocked in at 15:04.34 for 11th place.

100 FREE:
NC State advanced three swimmers into the A final of the 100-yard freestyle where Justin Ress was the Pack’s top finisher. The senior added a medal to his conference championship tally as he took third place in 42.41.

Nyls Korstanje (42.86) and Jacob Molacek (42.89) finished seventh and eight, respectively, to round out the Pack’s representation in the A final.

Mark McGlaughlin and Giovanni Izzo both managed to improve on their seeds from the morning prelims and each bumped up a few spots in the evening finals. McGlaughlin touched the wall first in the C final in 42.83 to secure a 17th-place finish, and Izzo placed in a tie for 11th with a time of 42.95.

Daniel Graber qualified for the 200-yard breaststroke A final after turning in a lifetime best of 1:55.52 in the prelims. The senior’s time improved his program record and qualified him for the evening session, where he took eighth in the A final in 1:56.17.

Freshman Rafal Kusto continued to impress for the Pack in the breaststroke events as he secured 10th place in the 200-yard breaststroke. Kusto swam the fastest time of his young Wolfpack career, a 1:56.22 that ranks second in program history.

NC State’s men dove during last week’s conference meet to contribute valuable points to the total team score. James Brady highlighted diving action by finishing on the podium for the second season in a row as he took third place on the platform. His 376.60 was not only good for a bronze medal but also bested the program record that he already held.

Holt Gray and Stewart Spanbauer were also in action last week and secured a series of top-24 finishes to score points for the Wolfpack that were added to the swimming total this week.

The Wolfpack men capped off their time at the ACC Championships with another podium finish. The 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Stewart, Vazaios, McGlaughlin and Ress took third place and turned in a time of 2:48.71.

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 men’s swimmers will wrap up the season with the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 27-30 in Austin, Texas.

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NC State Women’s Cross Country Team Wins 4th Consecutive ACC Championship, Men Finish 8th



The ACC Cross Country Championships were this past weekend, and NC State’s Women’s team won the championship for the 4th consecutive year (25th overall), and the Men’s team came in 8th. The Men’s team finished 3rd in 2018.

Senior Elly Henes won the individual Women’s Championship, marking the first individual title at NC State since 2010.

Two members of the Men’s team earned All-ACC honors.


4 members of the Women’s team earned All-ACC honors.


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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.

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.

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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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