Braden Holloway talks NC State relay excellence

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Reported by Anne Lepesant.


  • In the only meet record to go down on Day Two, Miami diver Samuel Dorman crushed the field on the 3-meter board with 529.10 points. Dorman eclipsed the old mark by 33.3 points.
  • UVA’s JB Kolod broke the Virginia school record in 3-meter diving with his tenth-place 444.75 points.
  • Sophomore diver Jack Nyquist of UNC took 11th place in 3-meter diving with 432.10 points, becoming the first Tarheel diver since 1948 to score in two events at the same NCAA championship meet.
  • Florida State sophomore Jason Coombs, who won the consolation final of the 100 breast (52.11), and senior Connor Knight , who placed 16th in the 100 fly (46.42), both earned All-American honors for the Seminoles.
  • Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen came in tenth in the 400 IM with 3:42.67.
  • Simonas Bilis placed tenth in the 200 free with 1:33.68.
  • ACC relays had a banner day in Iowa City. The North Carolina State quartet of Ryan Held(1:33.62), David Williams (1:32.51), Soren Dahl (1:33.35) and Bilis (1:33.00) finished second to USC in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:12.48, which set both a school and a conference record. The Wolfpack also scored a 13th in the 200 medley relay team withHennessey Stuart, Derek Hren, Dahl and Williams (1:24.77).
  • Louisville had a great 200 medley relay, with Grigory Tarasevich (21.54), Thomas Dahlia(23.38), Josh Quallen (19.98) and Trevor Carroll (19.00) combining for 1:23.90. The swim set a new school record and Tarasevich’s leadoff was the fastest 50 back in Louisville history as well.
  • Louisville set three more school records on Day Two: Nolan Tesone’s 3:44.36 in the prelims of the 400 IM was the fastest-ever by a Card. Pedro Coutinho set a school mark in finals of the 100 fly, when he went 45.84 to place 11th. Tarasevich lowered his own school record in the 100 back when he finished 10th in 45.97.
  • Also, the Cards’ Dahlia earned All-American honors in the 100 breast with his eighth-place finish (51.99), and their 800 free relay (Matthias Lindenbauer, Trevor Carroll,Jonathan Zoucha, and Rudy Edelen) took 14th.
  • UNC’s medley relay, consisting of Nic Graesser (21.52), Kurt Wohlrab (24.17), Lewis (20.22) and Logan Heck (19.68) finished 14th in 1:25.59.
  • Virginia Tech’s (Owen Burns, Lucas Bureau, Morgan Latimer, and Michal Szuba) and Notre Dame’s (Trent Jackson, Benjamin Jany, Reed Fujan, and Tommy Anderson) 800 free relays earned All-American honors with their respective 15th- and 16th-place finishes.

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By ‘excellence’ did he mean ‘false starts’?

Excellence as top seeds in all the relays As in crushed Texas Cal Michigan Auburn. The big boys are feeling bruised and several commenters are eating their shorts for breakfast as promised.


Excellence at these NCAA’s is measured by final result. 800FR second place was outstanding by any measure. That’s 1 relay.

200FR DQ at finals on day 1 was not excellent after being given a second chance after prelim DQ.

400FR tonight. The potential is there.. Let’s see how they fare against the “big boys”.


I’d be interested in knowing how NC State is doing compared to the rest of the ACC teams at NCAA’s. Based on Braden’s bio, this is his fourth year as head coach. They came in second in their relay last night and that can’t be an easy feat at NCAA’s.


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