The NC State swimming & diving program will open its 2014-15 home slate against the University of Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center. The meet is slated to get underway at 11 a.m.
In addition to hosting the 2013 and 2014 Women’s NCAA Champion Bulldogs, nine members of the Wolfpack women’s squad will be competing at the Dallas Morning Classic hosted by SMU in Dallas, Texas, on Friday and Saturday.
Braden Holloway – His Take On hosting Georgia this weekend:
“I think anytime you welcome a team with such great success as Georgia has had in the pool it’s a great opportunity,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “They haven’t been to our pool in a long time and we’ve started a little bit of a home and home thing, where we were in Athens last year, we met in Savannah the year before that and they’re coming here this season. It’s a great experience for our team to learn and get better. We’re going against the best and we look forward to hosting such a great, storied program.”
On importance of a good crowd at the Georgia meet:
“I would love to get a lot of people in the stands. Our teams have gotten better. In the last four years, both teams have shot up into the top-20. We’re going to have plenty of alumni and parents there, but I would love to see some of the student body. They’re going to see some people they only get a chance to watch every four years in the Olympics.”
On the Dallas Morning Classic:
“It’s a situation where we have Georgia at home and we were invited to a historic meet. It made the decision tough, but I felt that it was important for our women to be at this meet. The meet has six teams and has several of the top programs in the country. It also is an opportunity for us to compete against several teams in the ACC that we don’t get to see often like Miami and Louisville.”
On the women’s side, Georgia comes to Raleigh with a 2-0 ledger this season after defeating Alabama on Oct. 10. The Lady Bulldogs have won back-to-back NCAA Championships.
The Georgia men come to Raleigh after defeating Alabama in its season debut on Oct. 10.
Previewing the Dallas Morning Classic
Nine members of the Wolfpack women’s squad will be competing at the Dallas Morning Classic hosted by SMU, which begins Friday and continues throughout the day on Saturday.
The Pack will be represented at the meet by Kayla Brumbaum, Ashlyn Koletic, Natalie Labonge, Rachel Muller, Rachel Mumma, Yuri Nakano, Lauren Poli, Lauren Rhodes and Alexia Zevnik.
Saturday’s meet will be an event for the Student Wolfpack Club, as students will be able to swipe their student ID’s for future sporting events. In addition, free Bojangles biscuits and a free #Statement bracelet will be available for the first 100 students in attendance.
Admission for Saturday’s meet is free to the public. Live results for both meets will be available via the Meet Mobile app available for iPhone and Android.
Due to a university open house, Cates Avenue will be closed from approximately 8 a.m., to 1 p.m. Fans planning to attend are encouraged to allow for extra travel time and use the entrance off Dunn Ave. or Pullen Rd. Parking will be available in the Reynolds parking garage on the 2nd-4th floors.
College Swimming News courtesy of NC State Swimming and Diving.