RALEIGH, N.C.- For the first time in more three months, the NC State swimming and diving team will return to competition inside the Casey Aquatic Center to host Minnesota Jan. 23-24 in a two-day dual meet.
Competition is slated to begin at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, and at 10 a.m. on Jan. 24. The men’s and women’s squads from both programs rank among the top 25 in the CSCAA NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Rankings.
“Minnesota is a great program; they have a lot of history and are a well-coached staff. They do a great job of getting their team ready to compete year in and year out, and it seems that even though they have athletes graduate there is always someone else that manages to step up for the team.
“With that being said it’s a great opportunity for us to go up against a very consistent program and see how we stack up going head-to-head against a great team like Minnesota.”- Braden Holloway, head coach
Last Time Out
The team competed in back-to-back dual meets at Princeton and Villanova on Jan. 9-10. Men and women combined, the Wolfpack recorded the fastest time and highest score in 61 of the 64 events contested over the two-day span.
Last Time at Home
Last time inside the Casey Aquatic Center, NC State hosted Georgia on Oct. 18. The men’s squad pulled out a 12-point (155-143) victory over the Bulldogs, while the women fell to the 2013 and 2014 NCAA National Championship women’s team, 183.5-114.5.
Wolfpack in the National Rankings
The men jumped up nine spots in the latest CSCAA Swimming and Diving Rankings poll, released Jan. 22, moving to No. 8 in the nation.
The Wolfpack women sit at No. 16 in the latest rankings, released on Jan. 15.
*The CSCAA rankings are released on a weekly basis throughout the 2014-15 season, alternating weeks between a men’s and women’s team ranking.
The men’s team comes into the two-day matchup with a 4-2 record. They recently welcomed freshman transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy, Michael Nunan, to the 2015 roster. Nunan’s first place finish in the men’s 200 freestyle helped lead the Gophers to a 140-110 victory over Hawaii on Jan. 7.
The women are also coming off a victory with a 139-108 finish over Hawaii. Junior Lauren Votava finished with two individual wins in the women’s 100 and 200 free. The Hawaii defeat leaves the women’s squad with a 6-0 record heading into Raleigh.
Above is a press release courtesy of Minnesota Athletics