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NC State Men’s Swimming & Diving Finishes #4 at NCAA’s for 4th Year in a Row

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Wolfpack men claimed the program’s fourth No. 4 finish in a row at the 2019 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday evening inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Andreas Vazaios repeated as 200-yard butterfly national champion on the final day of action to help close out an incredible week of action for NC State’s men.

NC State secured its team podium finish with 307 points. California took home the team title with 560 points, and Texas (475 points) and Indiana (385.5 points) rounded out the podium with second and third-place team finishes, respectively.

The NCAA Championships marked the end of another stellar season for NC State’s men. The Pack opened its postseason by claiming its fifth straight and 29th overall conference title at the 2019 ACC Championships before securing its fourth team trophy in a row with its fourth-place finish at the national meet. Vazaios’ 200-yard butterfly title also made it four straight seasons, dating back to the 2016 NCAA Championships, in which the Pack has seen at least one national champion crowned.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HONORS:
The Pack men earned 17 individual All-America citations, and all five NC State relay squads gained All-American status at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

All-American

  • 800 freestyle relay: Vazaios, Stewart, Molacek, Ress (6:06.63 – second place)
  • 200 freestyle relay: Korstanje, Ress, Molacek, Izzo (1:14.78 – second place)
  • 200 IM: Andreas Vazaios (1:39.35 – second place)
  • 50 freestyle: Justin Ress (19.10 – eighth place)
  • 400 medley relay: Vazaios, Graber, Stewart, Molacek (3:03.25 – fourth place)
  • 100 butterfly: Coleman Stewart (44.46 – second place)
  • 100 backstroke: Coleman Stewart (43.98 – second place)
  • 200 medley relay: Stewart, Graber, Korstanje, Ress (1:22.47 – third place)
  • 200 backstroke: Coleman Stewart (1:38.81 – fourth place)
  • 100 freestyle: Justin Ress (42.00 – seventh place)
  • 200 butterfly: Andreas Vazaios (1:38.57 – first place)
  • 400 freestyle relay: Molacek, Stewart, Korstanje, Ress (2:46.25 – second place)

Honorable Mention All-American

200 FLY:
Vazaios successfully defended his title in the 200-yard butterfly, becoming just the second multi-time individual champion in program history.

The Wolfpack senior closed out his career with a top finish in the event, as his 1:38.57 finals race made him the fourth-fastest man in NCAA history and also lowered his own ACC and program record. In addition to being his second straight title in the 200-yard butterfly, it marked the third season in a row that Vazaios has become an All-American in that event.

Vazaios secured the top seed in the final after being the only performer to go sub-1:40 in the prelims, where he swam what was then a season-best 1:39.54.

James Bretscher saw action in the final race of his collegiate career in the 200-yard butterfly prelims. Bretscher clocked in at 1:42.12 for 18th place.

400 FREE RELAY:
The Pack closed out the NCAA Championships with another podium finish, this time in the 400-yard freestyle relay. NC State’s men secured their third second-place relay finish of the meet as Jacob MolacekColeman StewartNyls Korstanje and Justin Ress went 2:46.25 in the championship final.

Molacek led off in 41.91 to kick start the relay and was followed by a 41.94 leg from Stewart. Korstanje clocked a 41.44 in his split, which set up Ress for the 40.96 anchor that closed out the silver medal for the Pack.

200 BACK:
Stewart put the finishing touch on an incredible slate of individual performances at the NCAA Championships by placing fourth in the 200-yard backstroke. With the race, the Wolfpack junior recorded a total of three top-four finishes at this season’s national meet.

Stewart clocked a lifetime best of 1:38.81 during the championship final, a time that ranks second in program history, to move up three spots from his prelims seed and secure the fourth-place finish.

Senior Noah Hensley wrapped up his Wolfpack career in the 200-yard backstroke prelims as he clocked in at 1:41.45 for 25th overall.

100 FREE:
Ress picked up one final individual All-America citation in the 100-yard freestyle to close out his senior campaign. He clocked his fastest time of the season in the prelims, a 41.74 that advanced him to the championship final where he went 42.00 for seventh place.

After becoming the first freshman in program history to go under 42 seconds in the event, Korstanje placed 13th in 42.49 in the consolation final to garner Honorable Mention All-America honors. His 41.91 mark in the prelims moved him to fifth in program history.

Molacek raced in the final individual event of his NC State career as he saw action in the 100-yard freestyle prelims. The senior placed 17th with a mark of 42.19.

1650 FREE:
Two men finished in the top 16 in the mile to garner Honorable Mention All-America status in the event on Saturday night.

Jack McIntyre became an All-American for the first time in his career with a 14:41.80 in the finals. His time was just .07 seconds off of his lifetime best, which he posted at the ACC Championships earlier this season, and was good for 11th place.

Eric Knowles, who became an All-American for the first time with his 500-yard freestyle performance on Thursday, added to his honors. He placed 16th in a lifetime-best 14:46.35.

Gil Kiesler impressed in the first heat of the mile by posting the best time of his career in the event. Kiesler went 14:57.71, dropping over six second off of his previous personal best, to rank 30th overall.

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NC State vs. Ball State will be a BLACK OUT

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Other ACC schools represented on the list:

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5. Georgia Tech

17. Virginia

22. NC State

Private

10. Duke

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