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Gymnastics Claims ACC Regular Season Crown in 197.575-196.000 Win Over Clemson



RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State gymnastics won the first regular season championship in ACC history on Saturday afternoon, taking a record-breaking 197.575-196.600 decision over No. 22 Clemson.

The evening was highlighted by Emily Shepard firing the highest all-around score in program history, with 39.750 additionally marking the highest all-around total ever produced by a member from an ACC school. Shepard, who won her fourth all-around crown of the 2024 season, also became the first gymnast in NC State history to tab a 9.9+ on each event in the same meet.

The Pack posted season-high scores on vault, bars and beam with 197.575 ranking second all-time amongst NC State’s team totals in 44 years of gymnastics.

Vault (49.275)

The contest started on vault for the Wolfpack, with NC State posting a 49.250 in its first rotation. Shepard led the way for the Pack with a 9.900 which resulted in a tie for second place in the event with Clemson’s lone all-arounder Rebecca Wells.

The Wolfpack registered four scores of 9.850 or higher, with Chloe Negrete and Krista Zultevicz each posting a 9.850 while freshman Ashley Knight tabbed a 9.875. NC State’s scoring effort was completed by a 9.775 from Maddie Hall, who competed on vault for the first time since the Pack’s season opener at Georgia.

Bars (49.450)

Shepard once again led the way for the Wolfpack on bars, posting a personal-best 9.975 while Katie Harper fired the first 9.900 of her career.  The Pack only counted scores of 9.850 or higher in its second rotation, including a career-high 9.875 from leadoff Kailee Adomaites.

Madeline Reid and Alexis Ortega each tabbed a 9.850 for the Wolfpack to round out the team’s five counted scores.

Beam (49.375)

The momentum continued for NC State on beam, with 49.375 marking the Pack’s second-best score on the event this season.

Shepard led the way once again for NC State, firing a 9.950 which was followed by a 9.900 from Negrete. Meg Adler tabbed a career-best 9.850 from the leadoff position for the Pack, while Harper and Ortega finished their nights with a 9.850 and a 9.825, respectively.

Floor (49.500)

NC State concluded the night on floor with three scores of 9.9+, led by a 9.950 from Negrete in the anchor position. Knight registered the first 9.900 of her career for the Wolfpack, while Shepard completed her evening with a 9.925. Hall led off for the Wolfpack by setting the tone with a 9.875, while Zultevicz’s 9.850 rounded out the Pack’s record-breaking night.

Up Next

NC State wraps up its ACC slate on Sunday, Feb. 25, as the Pack travels to Pitt for a 4 p.m. dual meet against the Panthers.

Next Sunday’s matinee is set to be televised on the ACC Network, marking the fourth and final nationally broadcasted meet of NC State’s regular season, the most of any ACC school.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Ranks 22nd in Final Fall Standings for Directors’ Cup



The Fall Standings for the the Directors’ Cup have been released, and NC State is ranked 22nd nationally, and 9th in the ACC. Last year, NC State was ranked 16th in the Final Fall Standings.

(Directors’ Cup)

The Women’s Cross Country team won the national championship for the 2nd straight year, giving NC State 100 points, and the Men’s Cross Country team finished 11th, adding another 66 points. The Men’s team made a jump this year, improving their ranking by 21 spots, and contributed 37 more points.

The Football team and Women’s Soccer team each chipped in 25 points, while Men’s Soccer and Women’s Volleyball failed to contribute any. The Football team and the Women’s Soccer team took a dip this year. The Football team finished 32 spots back from last year (I’m not sure what rankings they look at. NC State finished 33rd in the AP Poll), contributing 30 less points. The Women’s Soccer team fell 16 spots in the rankings, and contributed 25 less points.

The Directors’ Cup was started in 1993 for the purpose of ranking Collegiate Athletic Programs as a whole.

Last season, NC State finished the year ranked 17th in the Final Directors’ Cup standings, which was the 2nd highest finish in school history (15th is the highest ranking – 2017-18). It also gave the Wolfpack 2 consecutive years ranked in the Top-25.

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ACC spurns Raleigh, moves headquarters from Greensboro to Charlotte



Today, the ACC announced that it will be moving its headquarters from Greensboro to Charlotte, NC.

The ACC has been headquartered in Greensboro, NC since it was formed in 1953, however that will no longer be the case in 2023.

The move was not without some controversy. In November we posted about Raleigh’s mayor lobbying for the headquarters in the state’s capital city.

Obviously, we’re biased on this one, but to be fair, the ACC is built around the Tobacco Road rivalries. Raleigh, the home of NC State, is just 30 minutes from both Durham (Duke) and Chapel Hill (UNC). It also is the capital of North Carolina. So to us, it makes the most sense. However, we don’t get a vote, and like usual, Charlotte gets the nod (The ACC’s new headquarters will be located in Uptown Charlotte in the Bank of America Tower.)

Sadly, Raleigh appears to not have even been in the final 3.

Greensboro, Charlotte and Orlando (?) were the finalists.

Maybe they didn’t want to seem partial to their cash cows, but when has that stopped them before? Maybe this was about incentives (most likely). The state offered $15 million to stay in state and commit to 15 years but it’s not disclosed if Charlotte also ponied up some extra cash to get it in their city.

The ACC noted Charlotte’s eastern time zone (which Raleigh has), it’s population growth (which ranks behind the Triangle’s), its population diversity (which is on par with the Triangle’s) and its large airport (which is bigger than Raleigh’s, but both are international).

So whatever the REAL reason is for not even including Raleigh in the final 3, it’s no surprise to anyone. Charlotte has continued to win the battle for sports in the state of NC, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

By choosing a city in NC, the ACC has agreed to hold an additional four men’s basketball tournaments in the state (including two in Greensboro), an additional four women’s basketball tournaments in the state, an additional four baseball postseason tournaments and 20 other postseason tournaments by 2034. Those events are in addition to those already scheduled for North Carolina (WRAL).

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NC State is offering an education in Beer Brewing and even has its own ‘Beer Lab’!



Yeah, this is a sports site, but it’s also an NC State site. Sports and beer have always gone together hand in hand, so hey, we think you’ll find this interesting.

NC State currently has their own beer, in partnership with New Belgium, called ‘Ole Tuffy’ which we’re sure you’ve seen at your local grocery store (if you live in North Carolina). However, they’re not stopping there.

This year, they’ve announced that they will start offering a minor in Beer Brewing.

They even have their own beer lab where students will get to work hands-on in learning the ins and outs of the craft.

Interested? Here’s the deal…

Students may declare their desire to complete the Brewing Science and Technology minor by applying through CODA. Students will be assigned an advisor to help them in selecting coursework for the minor.

Dr. Sheppard will certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Dr. John Sheppard
Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs for Bioprocessing Science
129F Schaub Food Science Building
919.513.0802 | [email protected]

And here are the course requirements…

Here’s to hoping the next wave of innovative breweries in North Carolina is run by Wolfpack grads!

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Did you Miss the PackaPalooza? Check Out What You Missed!



Yesterday was the 10th annual PackaPalooza, which is a campus-community street fair up and down Hillsborough Street. If you weren’t able to attend yesterday, check out what you missed.

Wolfgang A Cappella doing this…

Y’all…NC State’s own World Champion Cheese Roller was at that Packapalooza!

The Men’s Basketball Team was on the scene…

The Gymnastics team…

I mean why not…

Katelyn Tuohy walked around with her Track National Champion hardware…

The Wolfpack Football team took the stage…

The Captains also hung out with the WORLD CHAMPION CHEESE ROLLER…

Chancellor Woodson shredded a guitar…


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