Five Head Coaches Weigh In on the 2019 NC State Fall Invite (Video)


  • Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center – Greensboro, NC
  • Prelims 9:30 AM / Finals 5:30 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Live results
  • Results also on Meet Mobile as “NC State GAC Invitational”
  • Full Day 2 Results

Five teams from four different major conferences convened in Greensboro for the 2019 NC State Fall Invitational. Representing the ACC was NC State and Duke University, from the SEC was Auburn University, from the Pac-12 was Arizona State University, and from the Big Ten was the University of Wisconsin. With the exception of NC State and Duke, most of these teams only race each other once per season: at the NCAA Championships.

SwimSwam spoke with the head coach from each program to get their perspectives on the meet and hear what they thought about racing teams they don’t normally see until the end of the season. For those less familiar with the coaches, here is a list of which program each belongs to:

  • Braden Holloway, NC State
    • Team Standings: Women 1/Men 1
  • Bob Bowman, Arizona State
    • Team Standings: Women 4/Men 2
  • Yuri Suguiyama, Wisconsin
    • Team Standings: Women 5/Men 3
  • Gary Taylor, Auburn
    • Team Standings: Women 2/Men 4
  • Dan Colella, Duke
    • Team Standings: Women 3/Men 5



  1. NC State – 1875.5
  2. Auburn – 1703
  3. Duke – 1497.5
  4. Arizona State – 1378
  5. Wisconsin – 1190
  6. Louisville (diving) – 296


  1. NC State – 2075
  2. Arizona State – 1827
  3. Wisconsin – 1302
  4. Auburn – 1257
  5. Duke – 1197
  6. Louisville (diving) – 290
  7. George Washington – 41

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1 year ago

I like Braden’s honesty

Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

Some really fast swimming across the board at this meet.

1 year ago

Swimming is a sport that is often marginalized by other sports, especially for the men. Diving is often marginalized even more. Kudos to Yuri for talking diving first. Loved this meet with everyone together and cheering on the divers during a swim break.

1 year ago

Where did the articles about the Tennessee invite go? Seems like a much faster meet with Tennessee, Indiana, Georgia and Virginia there?

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Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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