Press Release courtesy of NC State Athletics
With the ACC Championships looming on the horizon, the #6/15 NC State swimming & diving team is set to take on UNC-Chapel Hill Friday evening inside Koury Natatorium.
From the Coaches
“This Friday marks our last dual meet of the season and we look forward to racing again,” said head coach Braden Holloway. “We are continuing to fine tune race strategies and certain aspects of our events so getting one more look before championship season is crucial. UNC-CH always has a great program we look forward to a good backyard fight. It’s the last dual meet for the seniors and we look forward to honoring them with our spirit and efforts.”
“I’m always excited to travel across the street to see our noisy neighbors,” said diving coach Yahya Radman. “It’s always a good environment and I think our team is excited to showcase against one of the finest diving teams in the ACC. It will be a great challenge and a great gauge for where we stand and what final preparations we need heading into the championships season. We will run into them again at ACC’s, obviously at our Zone meet and hopefully NCAA’s. We are firm believers in the higher quality the rivalry is, the best will come out of our athletes; a real show of grit and how much they have of it. I’m excited to see what happens and it’s always good to compare notes with obviously a very good coach and a rival to see where we are either ahead, or where we are behind and what we have to do to catch up, or to continue to work towards to surpass.”
Last Time Out for NC State
The #6 Wolfpack men overcame #23 Virginia 193-100 while the #15 NC State women fell 178-117 to #8 UVA on Jan. 19 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Scouting the Tar Heels
In their most recent meet the UNC-CH men suffered a 192.5-101.5 loss to #23 Virginia while the Tar Heel women also fell to #8 UVA 196-104. The Tar Heel women were ranked #20 in the latest CSCAA poll.
Last Time They Met
The Wolfpack most recently met the Tar Heels on Jan. 27, 2017; the third-ranked NC State men defeated UNC-CH 192-105 while the ninth-ranked Wolfpack women overcame the Tar Heels 185-112.
Top Times in the Country
NC State has had a strong season thus far and this is reflected in its No. 6/15 national ranking. Several Wolfpack swimmers have produced top-10 times in the country:
Women’s 50 freestyle: Ky-lee Perry (ninth, 22.01)
Men’s 50 freestyle: Ryan Held (second, 19.06)
Men’s 100 freestyle: Ryan Held (tenth, 42.45)
Men’s 500 freestyle: Anton Ipsen (third, 4:13.19)
Women’s 1000 freestyle: Hannah Moore (third, 9:37.44)
Men’s 1000 freestyle: Anton Ipsen (first, 8:49.75)
Women’s 1650 freestyle: Hannah Moore (fourth, 15:54.42)
Men’s 1650 freestyle: Anton Ipsen (first, 14:39.05)
Men’s 100 backstroke: Andreas Vazaios (fifth, 45.63)
Men’s 200 backstroke: Hennessey Stuart (sixth, 1:40.32)
Men’s 100 butterfly: Ryan Held (ninth, 45.92)
Men’s 200 butterfly: Andreas Vazaios (fourth, 1:40.77)
Men’s 200 IM: Andreas Vazaios (sixth, 1:42.62)
Women’s 200 freestyle relay: Ky-lee Perry, Krista Duffield, Olivia Calegan, Elise Haan (sixth, 1:28.52)
Men’s 200 freestyle relay: Ryan Held, Justin Ress, Jacob Molacek, Giovanni Izzo(second, 1:15.83)
Men’s 400 freestyle relay: Justin Ress, Ryan Held, Jacob Molacek, Andreas Vazaios(second, 2:48.75)
Men’s 800 freestyle relay: Ryan Held, Anton Ipsen, Andreas Vazaios, Justin Ress(fifth, 6:19.60)
Men’s 200 medley relay: Andreas Vazaios, Jacob Molacek, Ryan Held, Justin Ress(second, 1:23.53)
Men’s 400 medley relay: Coleman Stewart, Jacob Molacek, Ryan Held, Justin Ress(fifth, 3:07.04)