NC State Men’s Swimming & Diving Win 3rd Straight ACC Championship, Women Finish 3rd.
This past weekend, the NC State Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 3rd straight ACC Championship, while the Women finished 3rd.
The Men’s team has established a dynasty, winning 9 of the last 10 ACC Championships. The Women might not have won an ACC title since 2016-17, but they have finished in the Top-3 for 9 straight years.
— NC State Swimming & Diving (@packswimdive) February 25, 2024
Board of Trustees Approves New Contract for Boo Corrigan
RALEIGH, NC — The NC State Board of Trustees has approved a new contract for Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan, who has served in that role since April 2019. His contract will now run through June of 2029.
During Corrigan’s tenure, NC State Athletics has excelled in its mission to ‘strengthen the Pack through the development of think and do student-athletes. Competitively, the Wolfpack has posted back-to-back top 20 finishes in the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which measures all-sport success. NC State’s No. 19 ranking following the 2022-23 athletic year marked the first time the Pack has finished in the top 25 in three consecutive years and was the third-highest final ranking in school history.
“Under Boo’s outstanding leadership, NC State Athletics is experiencing new levels of competitive, academic, and financial success,” said Chancellor Randy Woodson. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and well-respected leader to help us navigate through the ever-changing landscape of college athletics.”
Since he arrived in Raleigh, NC State has won 16 ACC team championships – three more than any other league school during that time frame. Women’s cross country has brought home three consecutive national titles, with its 2021 championship marking the first NCAA title ever by a Wolfpack women’s team and the school’s first national team title in any sport since 1983.
In 2022-23, the Wolfpack won a combined total of 37 individual and team titles on the conference and national levels. Four NC State teams won ACC titles in 2022-23 (cross country, men’s swimming, wrestling, and women’s tennis), while six teams finished in the top 10 nationally. NC State was one of just eight Division I schools to advance to the postseason in all of its “Big Four” sports: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and baseball last year.
The Wolfpack has also excelled academically. NC State registered a 993 in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR), the highest mark in school history. Ten teams earned a perfect 1000, while 19 teams boasted marks above the national average for their sport.
“I appreciate Chancellor Woodson and the Board of Trustees for their continued trust and support and to our coaches, staff, and student-athletes who work tirelessly every day to strengthen our Pack,” said Corrigan.
The student-athlete and fan experience has been greatly enhanced under Corrigan by improvements to the Wolfpack’s facilities, which include new nutrition centers in Weisiger-Brown and the Murphy Center; renovations to the Case Academic Center, the football weight room, and the Dail Center’s player lounge for men’s basketball; locker room renovations for women’s track and field/cross country, women’s basketball and wrestling; new field surfaces at Dail Soccer Stadium and Doak Park; and, of course, the new video board and sound system at Carter-Finley Stadium, which is one of the largest in the nation. There are also ongoing improvements to baseball’s home, Doak Park, in process.
Under Corrigan’s veteran leadership, annual giving increased 13 percent year-over-year this past academic year, with nearly 1,000 new donors joining the Wolfpack Club.
Corrigan was named a Cushman & Wakefield Athletics Director of the Year for 2022. It marked the second time in six years that Corrigan was honored, as he was named a 2017 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics while he was the leader at Army.
NC State is a Top-25 Public School Nationally According to Forbes
Forbes just released their annual rankings of Top Public and Private Universities across America. Our beloved North Carolina State University is the 25th ranked Public University in the land. For context, there are close to 2,000 public universities in the United States.
3. University of San Diego
5. University of California, Santa Barbara
11. North Carolina
12. Georgia Tech
14. University of California, Davis
16. San Diego Stat3e
18. Texas A&M
22. Florida State.
23. University of California, Irvine
24. Michigan State
25. North Carolina State
NC State Athletics Unveils the 2022-23 Wolfie Awards
The NC State Athletics Department gathered at James T. Valvano Arena at Reynolds Coliseum for the 2023 Wolfie Awards on Monday night. The gala showcased the best of Wolfpack Athletics over the past calendar year.
Katelyn Tuohy (women’s cross country/track & field) and Christopher Dunn (football) were honored with the H.C. Kennett Award, which is the highest athletic award at NC State that is given annually to a superior student-athlete who demonstrates the finest attributes of good sportsmanship and team play.
Tuohy, an individual national champion in the cross country 6K, indoor track 5,000-meter and indoor track 3,000-meter, helped lead NC State to its second straight national championship in cross country and its highest final ranking (No. 6) in women’s indoor track & field in program history. Tuohy was named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the ACC Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Tuohy set the NCAA record for the indoor 3,000-meter with a time of 8:35.20. She also set the NCAA record for the indoor mile with a time of 4:24.26. She ranked first in the country for the mile, 3K and 5K leading into NCAA Indoors where she claimed two individual national championships.
Christopher Dunn, the winner of the 2022 Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award, became the NCAA career leader in field goals (97) and ended his career ranked second in kick scoring (491 points) after a sensational final season with the Wolfpack. Dunn missed just one kick (28 of 29) the entire season and led the nation in field goals per game.
Dunn owns three of the top four field goal streaks in school history and connected on all 200 of his career PAT attempts – another new school record. He also earned the football team’s Governor’s Award for MVP.
NC State also recognized its All-Americans and Academic All-Americans across all sports, as well as the MVPs for each team. The winners for the Wolfpack’s yearly awards are as follows:
Rookie of the Year
Awarded to a male and female freshman that has had a significant impact on their team’s competitiveness.
- Luca Staeheli, Men’s Tennis: Luca Staheli helped lead NC State to a 20-10 record as a redshirt freshman, finishing with an 18-8 overall record and 6-1 ACC record in singles play. He was also named the ACC Freshman of the Year for his play.
- Priska Nugroho, Women’s Tennis: Priska Nugroho helped lead the Wolfpack to a 26-6 record and an NCAA Elite Eight berth as a true freshman. She was tabbed the program’s first ACC Rookie of the Year after finishing with a 22-6 record in singles in dual-match play. She also finished with a 25-3 record in doubles play.
Comeback Player of the Year
Awarded to the student-athlete who has overcome significant or prolonged injury or illness to provide a major contribution to their team.
- Chloe Negrete, Gymnastics: Chloe Negrete tallied 26 podium finishes, including 14 first-place finishes, in just 36 routines completed in 2023. She was the only gymnast in EAGL ranked in the top five in three separate events in the National Qualifying Score (NQS). Negrete missed the entire 2022 season after rehabbing and recovering from a torn Achilles.
Heart of the Pack Award
Presented to a male and female student-athlete who demonstrates the attributes of being a good teammate, giving great effort, having an exceptional attitude and being mindful of themselves and others.
- Kendall Edwards, Men’s Soccer
- Meredith Robinson, Gymnastics
Kay Yow Award
Presented by the Wolfpack Club to a female student-athlete who exemplifies outstanding academic achievement, athletic achievement, community service and a true spirit of teamwork.
- Chloe Negrete, Gymnastics
Chris Combs Award
Presented by the Wolfpack Club to a male student-athlete who exemplifies Chris Combs through a lifetime love and passion for their sport, great team leader and ability to stay strong through adversity.
- Grant Gibson, Football
ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year
The nominees for this award must be in an ACC sponsored sport and in their last year of athletic competition. The ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year will be awarded to the student-athlete who achieved at the highest level both academically and athletically.
- Gavin Gaynor, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country
- Allie Hays, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Individual Performance of the Year
Awarded to a male and female student-athlete that had an outstanding performance in a competition.
- Jaeda Daniel & Nell Miller at NCAA Championships, Women’s Tennis: Daniel and Miller secured the first-ever NCAA national championship in program history after winning in straight sets in both the semifinals and finals. The doubles tandem entered the NCAA Championships as the top seed and ran through the draw to become national champions and end their year as the program’s first top-ranked doubles duo.
- 200-yard Medley Relay at NCAA Championships, Men’s Swimming & Diving: The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Kacper Stokowski, Mason Hunter, Nyls Korstanje and David Curtiss combined to bring home the first-ever national title in the event for NC State. Their finishing time of 1:20.67 marked the first time any team broke the 1:21 barrier, setting NCAA, meet, U.S. Open, ACC and program records.
Team Performance of the Year
Awarded to a team that had an outstanding performance in a competition.
- Wrestling at ACC Championships: The wrestling team won its fifth consecutive ACC championship in dominant fashion, tallying its highest team score (101.5) since 2017. The Pack had individual champions in four different weight classes and four second-place finishers, highlighted by Kai Orine being tabbed the ACC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
- Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships: The women’s cross country team capped off a perfect season with its second straight national championship, cruising to victory with a score of 114 points with three runners in the top-15. Katelyn Tuohy placed first overall individually, while head coach Laurie Henes was named the USTFCCCA Coach of the Year.
Pride of the Pack Award
The recipient of this award commits to the four guiding tenets of Trust, Accountability, Passion and Empathy. The student-athlete who receives this award not only embodies these principles themselves, but also commits to upholding these core values for their teammates and other student-athletes to follow.
- Jaiden Thomas, Women’s Soccer
- Jarkel Joiner, Men’s Basketball
Team of the Year
Awarded to a men’s and women’s team that had an outstanding season.
- Men’s Swimming & Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team secured its 32nd ACC team championship title in school history, breaking the record for most points scored at the championship meet. The team has won eight of the past nine ACC titles and finished in fifth place at the 2023 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Pack won national championship titles in three separate events.
- Women’s Cross Country: The women’s cross country team was ranked No. 1 in the national polls the entire season and finished the season with its second straight national championship. The team had four total All-Americans.
Awarded to the men’s and women’s teams with the highest GPA in the previous spring and fall that had an outstanding performance in a competition.
- Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Tennis
Caterpillar Top Scholars Awards
Recognizes those student-athletes with the highest GPAs.
- Jerome Williams, Football
- Shruthi Anand, Gymnastics
- Chloe Negrete, Gymnastics
- Natalie Armbruester, Women’s Golf
- Katelyn Cook, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Maddy Flickinger, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Faith Hefner, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Yara Hierath, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Mary O’Neill, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Abby Pilkenton, Women’s Swimming & Diving
- Jenna Schulz, Women’s Track & Field
- Shannon Sefton, Women’s Track & Field
- Carolina Lewis, Women’s Track & Field
- Hannah Wander, Volleyball