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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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Former NC State DT Nick Campbell Commits to App St.

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Former NC State Defensive Tackle Nick Campbell (6’4″/300) has committed to play for Appalachian St.

Campbell was a 3-Star prospect out of the state of Florida in the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class. 247Sports ranked him as the #45 overall player in the state of Florida in the 2022 class.

In 2022, Campbell played 9 snaps against UCONN, redshirting the season. Last year, the only game he saw action is was against VMI.

Campbell has three years of eligibility remaining.

I’m a little surprised NC State hasn’t added a Nose Tackle out of the Portal yet. With CJ Clark and Nick Campbell transferring, the only two scholarship players at the position are Brandon Cleveland and DJ Jackson. When True Freshman Justin Terrell arrives in the Fall, there will be 3. NC State needs another depth piece at Nose Tackle.

NC State has had 23 players enter the Transfer Portal

NT Nick Campbell – App St.
WR Julian Gray – Liberty
RB Delbert Mimms III – Eastern Michigan
TE Fred Seabrough
Nickel Cecil Powell – Troy
WR Christopher Scott – Austin Peay
OL Jaleel Davis – Florida International
WR Josh Crabtree – Murray St. 
OL Lyndon Cooper – Pitt
WR Terrell Timmons – Colorado
LB Torren Wright – Temple
NT C.J. Clark – Miami
QB MJ Morris – Maryland
S Jakeen Harris – UNC
TE Cedd Seabrough – West Georgia
WR Porter Rooks – Eastern Michigan
DB Nate Evans – Delaware
LB Daejuan Thompson
RB Jordan Houston – Marshall
RB Michael Allen – UNLV
DB Darius Edmundson – UNC-Pembroke
WR Anthony Smith – East Carolina
TE Christopher Toudle – Western Michigan 

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NC State Falls Out of the Top-10 After Losses to UNC & Duke

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After losing to rivals UNC and Duke last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in the Week 17 AP Poll, landing at #12. NC State started the 2023-24 season unranked, but jumped to #14 in the first Poll after the Preseason Poll. The Wolfpack have been ranked in the Top-10 since November 20th, which equals 14 straight polls.

ACC Teams in the Top-25

5. Virginia Tech
12. NC State
17. Notre Dame
19. Syracuse
22. Louisville
27. Duke
29. UNC
30. FSU

The Wolfpack will host #19 Syracuse on Thursday night at 7pm.

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NC State’s Week 1 Depth Chart Against UCONN (with Notes)

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NC State will kick off their 2023 Football season next Thursday night against UCONN at 7:30pm. The Wolfpack released their Depth Chart for the game today.

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Notes

  • Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Carter Jr. is listed as the starting Left Guard. If Redshirt Sophomore Lyndon Cooper wasn’t missing the first game due to injury, I wonder if Carter would be starting. Doeren did praise Carter in his press conference today. Also, he stated that Cooper should be back for the Notre Dame game.
  • Noticeably, Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Dawson Jaramillo is also missing from the Depth Chart. Unfortunately, Jaramillo has suffered an injury, and will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. This is a huge blow for Jaramillo, and a huge blow for the depth of the Wolfpack Offensive Line. Jaramillo was a Swiss Army knife, having the ability to play in numerous positions.
  • Very often, Doeren has stated that the “Or” in between two names means that the coaching staff sees both players as starters. There is an “Or” in between Chris Toudle and Trent Pennix at Tight End, with the former being listed first. Maybe it doesn’t matter whose name is listed first, but I’m shocked Pennix’s name wasn’t the one at the top.
  • I’m not shocked that Julian Gray and Keyon Lesane are listed as the starters at the X and Y Wide Receiver positions. They both have had a lot of buzz surrounding them in Fall Camp, and Lesane was named a captain. Obviously, with Gray’s speed, Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae is going to want to find a way to get the ball in his hands. With that being said, and this is no disrespect to the two of them, but both of them are 5’11”, which isn’t exactly the way you would sculpt your prototypical outside receivers. I expect Terrell Timmons and Bradley Rozner to both be heavily in rotation at the X and Y, to give the outside receivers a good dose of speed as well as height.
  • True Freshman Running Back Kendrick Raphael might be buried at the bottom of the Depth Chart at his position, but I bet he sees a carry before Mimms or Jones. Doeren mentioned that we would see Raphael against UCONN, but didn’t mention Jones or Mimms. Anae likes to run 2 Running Back sets, with one of them almost functioning like a Full Back. As a result, I’m not shocked to see Jones and Mimms where they are in the Depth Chart.
  • Props to True Freshman Kevin Concepcion for earning the starting job at the Inside Wide Receiver position. Get ready to hear his name a lot this year. KC is backed up by Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit, who Doeren spoke highly of today.
  • Junior Porter Rooks is no longer sitting behind Thayer Thomas on the Depth Chart. Doeren said that Rooks has had a great camp. The former 4-Star prospect has an opportunity to show that those stars meant something by his name. With that being said, he will be pushed by True Freshman Javonte “Juice” Vereen, who even has national media buzzing about him heading into the season.
  • Three True Freshman are on the Offensive Depth Chart: Left Guard Kamen Smith, IWR Kevin Concepcion and FLEXY Juice Vereen.
  • True Freshman Kamal Bonner is 2nd on the Depth Chart at the Will Linebacker spot, backing up Payton Wilson. What’s noteworthy, is that he’s ahead of former 4-Star prospect Jordan Poole in the Depth Chart. Bonner must have made a heck of a first impression.
  • As expected, ODU Graduate Transfer Robert Kennedy is starting at Nickel.
  • True Freshman Brandon Cisse is backing up Aydan White at Right Corner, and Doeren said we should expect him to contribute.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit will be filling in the shoes of Thayer Thomas at Punt Returner.

 

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Elliot Avent is interviewed on MLB Network about rule changes and Wolfpack Alums

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Elliot Avent gave a great interview on MLB Network.

Avent talks about the rules changes in baseball and doesn’t seem too pleaseed about them, while also breaking some news that they might be naming the hitting facility after Trea Turner and the Pitching lab after Carlos Rodon.

Give it a watch.

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