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WPN Reset: NC State Football Returns More and MBB in Reynolds

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It was a calm Wednesday afternoon and then it got exciting REAL quick.

 

Football

Rumor mill was in peak form the last two weeks, as players were making decisions about their future at State. Within just the last week, Gibson, Leary, Wilson and Ingle have all announced they are coming back. And that list doesn’t include earlier commitments of return from Durden, Moore and Fagan.

There are still decisions to be made by Gill, Bam, Thayer and others. Without question, State will be losing Ickey, Person and Emezie.

With Doeren’s recent success in the transfer portal, it would seem likely with all the above in motion, some o-line and WR help won’t be hard to find. Here’s to another wild day of announcements. Cheers!

 

Men’s Basketball

Thursday, State Men’s Basketball returns to the hallowed grounds of Reynolds. We’ll be having PLENTY of stories about Jimmy V, Reynolds’ history, game preview and more. Until then…

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Former NC State Swimmer Ryan Held Makes the Olympic Team for the 2nd Time

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Former NC State Swimmer Ryan Held has made the United States Olympic Team for the 2nd Time.

Held previously made the Olympic Team in 2016, when he won a Gold medal in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay, teaming up with Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian.

The 2020 Olympics were a mess due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pushing them to 2021, but they were also a mess for Held. In the Olympic Trials in 2021, Held finished 6th in the 100 Freestyle, which normally would have secured him a spot on the Olympic Team. Due to roster limitations, only the Top-5 made the Olympic team instead.

This year, Held made sure he was going to the Olympics, finishing 5th in the 100 Freestyle, once again earning a spot on the Olympic Team in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay.

Held is 1 of 22 former NC State Swimmers to make an Olympic Team, and 1 of 7 to win an Olympic Medal. He is 1 of 5 former Wolfpack Swimmers to win a Gold Medal.

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Go Get Your NC State Starbuck’s Coffee Mug!

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NC State is one of 30 Universities that Starbuck’s has partnered with for their “Been There Series” Campus Collection. You can see the mug above, and there are also Sparkle Tumblers.

You can find these mugs in 100 Starbucks locations within 20 miles of campus, as well as the Starbucks locations on campus.

On the mug, you will find Mr. Wuf, the Belltower, Carter-Finley Stadium, Howling Cow Ice Cream, Centennial Campus, Hunt Library, the Brickyard, Reynolds Coliseum and other NC State references.

The Coffee Mug is $12.95 and the Sparkle Tumbler is $24.95.

It looks like the mugs are available through June 25th, so you’ll have to grab yours soon if you haven’t already done so.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Makes the Olympic Team for 100 Backstroke!

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

Berkhoff is NC State’s 22nd Swimming & Diving Olympian, and the 4th from the Women’s Team.

Berkhoff leaves NC State with the school record in 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay.

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff Likely Punched Her Ticket to the 2024 Olympics

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NC State’s Katharine Berkoff likely secured herself a spot on the 2024 Olympic this week at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Finals, Berkoff came in 2nd in the 100 Backstroke, with a time of 57.91. Typically the top two swimmers in each event are expected to qualify for the Olympic team.

In the Semifinals, Berkhoff logged a time of 57.83, which is the 4th fastest time ever recorded.

This past season Berkhoff returned to NC State for her final year of eligibility (Covid year), and won the ACC and NCAA Championship in 100 Backstroke, and was also named All-American in 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay.

Berkhoff is a 3-time NCAA Champion in the 100 Backstroke, and she also is an NCAA Champion in the 400 and 200 Medley Relay. At NC State, Berkhoff was a 30-time All-American and a 6-time ACC Champion.

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