RALEIGH, North Carolina, January 15. NC State swimming and diving grabbed huge conference wins on Saturday, Jan. 15, downing Georgia Tech in thrilling fashion on an emotional Senior Day at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center.
The women topped the Yellow Jackets 181-119, while the men used strong showings in the final two events of the evening to claim a 155-143 decision.
The NC State men (5-0, 3-0 ACC) remain undefeated on the season with the victory, while the women climb to 5-1 (2-1 ACC). Both Georgia Tech teams slip to 3-6 (0-3 ACC).
Ivan Kopas, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Joe Martin claimed the 200-medley relay with a 1:32.82, and Brandon Kingston (9:32.07) and Brian Via (9:34.46) placed first and second in the 1000 freestyle. Matt Thomas took second in the 200 freestyle with a 1:42.58, before Kopas won the 100 backstroke (50.81) and Forsythe finished first in the 100 breaststroke (57.21).
Mike Seiferth (1:52.14) and Sean Reams (1:54.48) placed first and third in the 200 butterfly, while Conor Brennan (21.11) and Martin (21.14) took third and fourth in the 50 freestyle. Hudson Rain (298.88) and Chris Arcara (286.58) placed second and third on the 1-meter dive, while Brennan's 46.70 in the 100 freestyle was good for second.
Kopas (1:51.35) and Kohl Hurdle (1:53.03) finished first and second in the 200 backstroke, and Forsythe (2:05.09) and Bishop (2:06.14) placed third and fourth in the 200 breaststroke. Kingston (4:36.79) and Via (4:39.18) combined for 13 team points by placing first and second in the 500 freestyle, while Miesfeld nearly touched the pool record and almost hit an NCAA "B" cut in winning the 100 butterfly with a 48.88. Rains' 365.78 was second on the 3-mter dive, while Arcara's 266.25 was good for third.
The Wolfpack men sealed the victory by dominating the final two events, with Hurdle (1:53.68), Bishop (1:54.67) and Kopas (1:57.49) grabbing second, third and fifth in the 200 IM and Kingston, Martin, Miesfeld and Brennan winning the 400-freestyle relay with a 3:03.35.
The Wolfpack women grabbed first-place finishes in 12 of 16 events en route to a decisive win. Morgan Robertson, Jess Ward, Zina Grogg and Julianna Prim got things started by winning the 200-medley relay with a1:46.01, while Marifrances Henley following by taking the 1000 freestyle with a 10:18.53. Prim took first in the 200 freestyle with a 1:50.80, while Robertson's 57.51 was second fastest in the 100 backstroke.
Ward used a 1:06.05 to win the 100 breaststroke, and Jennifer Kopenitz (2:03.61) and Jessica McBroom (2:07.91) placed first and second in the 200 butterfly. Allison Hendren took second in the 50 freestyle with a 24.09, and Hannah Hopkins (257.60) and Kirstyn Shepler (236.40) grabbed second and fourth respectively in the 1-meter dive.
Prim won again in the 100 freestyle with a 51.87, as Erica Waters placed third with a 52.79. Kopenitz (2:03.33) and Kaitlin Mills (2:06.43) finished second and third in the 200 backstroke, and Ward (2:18.95) and Kelsey Liu (2:20.87) collected the top two spots in the 200 breaststroke. Henley won the 500 freestyle with a 4:59.67, Grogg took the 100 butterfly on a 56.58 and Shepler (252.30) and Hopkins (251.33) finished first and second in the 3-meter dive. Kopenitz (2:06.54), Ward (2:10.18) and Meghan Thompson (2:10.22) owned the top three spots in the 200 IM before Henley, Waters, Hendren and Prim closed out by taking the 400-freestyle relay with a 3:28.28.
NC State's next meet – at Clemson – has been moved to Sunday, Jan. 23 in Athens, Ga., at UGA. The event, moved from Clemson to Georgia due to facility issues, will begin at 10 a.m.
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