Poff, a senior at Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina, has visited the NC State campus a number of times. He first became interested in the Wolfpack swim team when head coach Braden Holloway visited and spoke to the Hough team when Poff was a high school freshman. Poff also was very aware of the prestige of NC State’s engineering programs, so in the end, it was the combination of academics and athletics that inspired Poff to commit to the Wolfpack.
“I am so excited to be joining the Pack family,” Poff said of his decision. “The coaches and team made me feel so at home that there was no place I would rather be! I can’t wait to get in on the success of the wolf pack swim program…go Pack!”
Poff’s best times include:
200 Freestyle (SCY) – 1:39.97
200 Freestyle (LCM) – 1:54.20
500 Freestyle (SCY) – 4:30.40
400 Freestyle (LCM) – 4:04.49
800 Freestyle (LCM) – 8:33.76
200 Butterfly (SCY) – 1:52.33
100 Butterfly (SCY) – 51.43
NC State clocked the team’s three fastest 200 Freestyles of all time last year, swam by senior David Williams (1:34.14), junior Simonas Bilis (1:34.19), and now graduate Jonathan Boffa (1:24.23). The team’s fastest 500 Freestyle was also posted in 2014 by sophomore Alex Hamilton (4:20.53). Four Wolfpack swimmers (Barrett Miesfeld, Soren Dahl, John Newell, and Jason Deana) swam sub-47.56 times in the 100 Butterfly event while junior Christian McCurdy set a school record of 1:41.72 in the 200 Butterfly. In 2014, school records were set in every swimming event with the exceptions of the 1650 Freestyle, which was set in 1978, and the 50 Freestyle, still held by Olympian Cullen Jones from 2006.
Poff is joining the fastest men’s Wolfpack team in history and will have plenty of talented swimmers to race every day in practice. In the meantime, he has been dramatically improving his personal bests over the past few years and will likely continue to drop time. For example, Poff has lowered his short course yards 200 Freestyle time seven seconds since 2012. The same is true of his short course 500 Freestyle: he has dropped a whopping 19 seconds over the past two years. Almost all of Poff’s best times have occurred within a year, showing that he is getting stronger and will continue to improve as he enters his freshman year at NC State next fall.