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.
- 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
- 500 freestyle: Eric Knowles
- 50 freestyle: Nyls Korstanje
- 100 butterfly: Noah Hensley, James Bretscher
- 200 freestyle: Jacob Molacek
- 100 backstroke: Andreas Vazaios, Justin Ress
- 1650 freestyle: Jack McIntyre, Eric Knowles
- 100 freestyle: Nyls Korstanje
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 Molacek, Coleman Stewart, Nyls 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.
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.
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.
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.
NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day
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.
NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.
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.
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.
Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers
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.
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
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.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66
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.