NC State Swimming & Diving Head To ACC Championship

by SwimSwam 26

February 12th, 2017 ACC, College

After wrapping up its regular season two weeks ago, the NC State women’s swimming and diving team and the men’s diving team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., to compete at the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship, which will run Feb. 13-16. The meet will be held inside the McAuley Aquatic Center on Georgia Tech’s campus.

The four-day championship meet will feature preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day, with women’s and men’s diving competitions also scheduled for each day. Finals sessions on Tuesday through Thursday will be available on ACC Network Extra.

Season Rewind
The Wolfpack will head into the championship with a 3-0 conference record. In its first road dual of the season, NC State women’s program went head-to-head with the Duke Blue Devils. The team walked away with wins in 12 of 16 events and nine pool records en route to its victory. In January, NC State earned back-to-back wins at home, defeating North Carolina and Virginia on consecutive days. The Wolfpack kicked off the weekend by topping the Tar Heels in dominate fashion, winning 13 of 16 events. The next day, the team defeated the defending ACC Champion, the Virginia Cavaliers, with just a six-point margin.

The team was consistently ranked among the top-10 nationally throughout the season, peaking at No. 4.

Scouting the Competition
NC State is the top-ranked ACC program in the latest CSCAA poll, coming in at No. 7. Trailing close behind is Virginia, taking the No. 8 rank, while Louisville sits at No. 10.

Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame complete the list of schools that are featured among the rankings, earning the No. 18, No. 23 and No. T24 ranks, respectively. Florida State and Virginia Tech both received votes in the coaches’ poll.

2016 ACC Championship Recap
At last year’s championship meet, the Wolfpack finished as runner-up behind Virginia, who won its ninth consecutive championship.

The team captured three event titles, winning the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and one-meter diving.

Over four days of competition, 17 school records were broken and the Pack earned podium finishes in 15 events.

This Time Out
The team will enter the meet with 37 top-16 times, 23 of which are in the seeded in the top-8 of competition. All five of the Wolfpack’s relays are seeded in the top four, with the team holding the fastest time this season in the 400 free relay.

In diving, the Wolfpack will send Madeline Kline and Rachel Burston on the women’s side and Harrison Mitchell and James Brady for the men. Kline will enter the championship with season-best scores of 298.35, 301.05 and 182.60 in one-meter, three-meter and platform, respectively. Burston recorded best scores of 282.30, 274.50 and 154.95. Mitchell, a senior, enters his final ACC championship with season-high scores of 347.00, 326.85 and 295.15 while Brady garners scores of 315.30, 360.85 and 321.00.

Schedule of Events

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Women’s 1M Dive
Men’s 3M Dive
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 IM
50 Freestyle
Men’s 1M Dive
200 Freestyle Relay
400 IM
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Women’s 3M Dive
400 Medley Relay
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Men’s and Women’s Platform Dive
400 Freestyle Relay

Follow Along
A live video stream of event finals will be available on ACC Network Extra on Tuesday through Thursday, starting at 6 p.m.

Veteran ESPN announcer Sam Gore will handle play-by-play, where he will be joined by swimming analyst Brendan Hansen – a six-time Olympic medalist – and diving analyst Jason Baumann, a former collegiate coach and USA Diving Staff member who is now regarded as one of the sport’s top judges.

Live results will also be available for all eight sessions. Links to the live coverage can be found on the swimming and diving schedule page. Admission is free.

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News courtesy of NC State Athletics.

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Gator swim mom
3 years ago

Can’t wait to see the Depth of Team like NC State take on the star power of a team like UNC. How fast will Campbell go? Comment below campbells chunky noodle swim predictions below.

Reply to  Gator swim mom
3 years ago

You do know that Campbell is on the men’s team correct?

Gator Swim Dad
Reply to  Gator swim mom
3 years ago

You do realize this is the women’s meet? Or can you not read?

Gator swim mom
Reply to  Gator Swim Dad
3 years ago

Honey! So good to see you! How’s sleeping on the couch?

Mustard stain on my trousers
Reply to  Gator swim mom
3 years ago

500: 1st place, just out touching Leah Smith
400IM: 2nd place, gets tired and gives up letting Hannah Moore pass him
1650: 2nd place, Smith takes one back after Campbell gives up

Gator Swim Dad
Reply to  Mustard stain on my trousers
3 years ago

Seem like you’re a washed up swimmer whose peak was making JOs as a 10 and under

3 years ago

Should be great meet. Nc State…UVA…Louisville…UNC Diving…

3 years ago

Wow really surprised NC State is actually going to ACCs this year. I thought they might just skip it this year. This is a very informative article, glad to know they are going. I learned a lot new by reading this. Will the other ACC teams be going?

Sweet Cream
Reply to  Swimson
3 years ago

You bring up a good point about the possibility of people not coming to this meet. Will the UNC men come? Will the infamous chin beard come? Will Coach DeSelm come and swim on their 400 free relay to try to avoid another 46.9 split?