NC State’s Braden Holloway Speaks to Significance of Historic 2nd Place Finish

2021 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY 4 FINALS RECAP

Reported by Nick Pecoraro.

For the first time in program history, the Virginia Cavalier women are NCAA team champions, earning at least one A-finalist in every individual event. Taking team runner-up was the NC State Wolfpack, making the team rankings an ACC 1-2 finish. No ACC team, men’s or women’s, has ever finished higher than third place at NCAAs. Before this meet, Virginia’s best team finishes were a pair of 5th-place scores in 2015 and 2016. NC State’s best finish before 2021 was 7th place, achieved between 2017-2019.

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DCSwim
5 months ago

Two combined programs in the top 3 on either side, when’s the last time that happened?

Retiredguy
Reply to  DCSwim
5 months ago

I’m gonna go with Arizona late 00s most likely….certainly Auburn in the 00s a bunch of times.

DCSwim
Reply to  Retiredguy
5 months ago

That makes sense… just got used to the Cal-Stanford-Texas hegemony 😅

GrantJ
5 months ago

Congratulations Wolfpack Women! An historic weekend for the team! First ever medley relay title for any NC State team and 5 NCAA titles! Enjoy the success, but keep the momentum. Alums are proud of #WolfpackWomen!!!

Richard Hermes
5 months ago

Congratulations to the 2021 Wolfpack women – what a strong performance. I am so proud.

It seems appropriate to call out the two women who formed the first Wolfpack women team.

During an early-season workout in the fall of 1972, we were surprised to have two females join the team. Jane Houchin (nee Halloway, if I remember correctly) and Patti Simpson started to workout in the deep end under the diving boards. Years before Atlantic Coast Conference formed a women’s division, they surfed the slosh and turbulence from the men’s team at the other end of the pool. 

Jane and Eddie Houchin (my best training partner ever) are Charlie Houchin’s parents, Olympic Gold medalist, in London 2012.

Patti had a… Read more »

Dr Deluxe
Reply to  Richard Hermes
5 months ago

Great historical perspective. This is the foundation of the 2021 Wolfpack Women
swimmers but don’t forget Allison Grant in this group. I think Jane’s maiden name was Halliday and yes, she married Wolfpack swimming great Eddie Houchin.

Richard Hermes
Reply to  Dr Deluxe
5 months ago

Doctor, I so appreciate your corrections and additions. I can’t believe I forgot Allison Grant who also trained with us.

SwimFani
5 months ago

This man can flat out COACH! Is he the heir apparent to Coach Reese. (Assuming Eddie might retire sometime!)

Ken
5 months ago

I️ wonder how COVID impacted training and meets? Why isn’t there an article about that?

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