North Carolina State is the NCAA’s newest keepers of all things sprint, making their latest commit Coleman Stewart a good fit for the future.
“I chose NC State because the coaches are clearly among the best coaches in the NCAA,” Stewart said. “From the very first phone call, Coach Holloway and I really hit it off. Then when I visited, I knew it was the place I needed to be for the next four years. When I met the team and saw how well they worked together, I realized The Wolfpack has something unique that I really wanted to be a part of.”
Stewart could be a contributor to North Carolina State in the sprint freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke races, though if a primary stroke had to be declared, it’s the backstroke where he stretches best over 200 yards and has his two Olympic Trials standards in long course.
Stewart’s best times (in yards):
- 50 free – 22.37
- 100 free – 45.67
- 200 free – 1:43.67
- 100 back – 48.20
- 200 back – 1:47.64
- 100 fly – 48.59
- 200 fly – 2:04.96
- 200 IM – 1:51.36
The one time that doesn’t quite fit of the above is the 50 free. While he hasn’t been a ton better in long course, he’s capable of better on a flat-start, especially in the hands of Braden Holloway’s sprint program that’s become one of the best in the country.
He joins an already sizable, and growing, North Carolina State recruiting class that also includes Iowan Mark McGlaughlin and Floridian Tyler Rice. The three will ensure the long-term health of a North Carolina State sprint group that had the fastest 200 free relay and 2nd-fastest 400 free relay in the country last season.
Stewart is a senior at York Suburban High School.
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