CARY, North Carolina, October 22. NC State swimmers posted four all-time top-10 marks as the Wolfpack swimming and diving program split its ACC opener with Maryland on Friday. The Pack men dominated for a 190-108 decision over the Terrapins, while the women fell 173-127.
Ivan Kopas added his second and third all-time top-10 marks in just his second dual meet at NC State in winning both the 100 backstroke (49.30) and 200 backstroke (1:47.57). He now stands sixth in school history in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 backstroke.
Jen Kopenitz swam a 2:03.22 to take first in the 200 butterfly, good for seventh in school history, while Kelsey Liu’s 2:19.90 in the 200 breaststroke is ninth all-time.
The men grabbed first-place finishes in 13 of 16 events, while the women finished in the top spot on six occasions.
Kopas, Dan Forsythe, Barrett Miesfeld and Gaites Brown started the afternoon by winning the 200-medley relay with a 1:32.51, and Brandon Kingston followed by taking the 1000 freestyle on a 9:30.70. Dan Forsythe later swam a 57.74 for first in the 100 breaststroke, before Joe Martin (20.89), Conor Brennan (20.91) and Kingston (21.37) grabbed the top three spots in the 50 freestyle. Brennan (46.15) and Jonathan Boffa (46.35) then finished first and second respectively in the 100 freestyle.
Forsythe and Kingston would go on to each win another event, with Forsythe claiming the 200 breaststroke on a 2:06.93 and Kingston taking the 500 freestyle with a 4:39.61. Miesfeld grabbed a win of his own in the 100 butterfly with a 49.30, before Kingston, Brown, Martin and Brennan ended the contest by placing first with a 1:22.58 in the 200-freestyle relay.
Marifrances Henley won both the 1000 freestyle (10:18.00) and 500 freestyle (5:02.07), while Kopenitz also took first in the 200 individual medley with a 2:06.86. Julianna Prim’s 1:51.13 was good for second in the 200 freestyle, while Lauren Poore took third on a 1:52.62. Kaitlin Mills placed third in the 100 backstroke with a 58.10, and Jessica Ward’s 1:05.63 placed second in the 100 breaststroke.
Poore scored second in the 100 freestyle with a 52.29 swim, as did Kopenitz in the 200 backstroke on a 2:04.21. Prim later swam a 56.66 for second in the 100 butterfly, and Henley, Poore, Bailey Woodling and Meg Thompson placed second in the 200 freestyle-replay with a 1:36.85. Henley’s 24.17 leadoff split in the 200-freestyle relay mark’s the fastest 50 freestyle on the team for the young season.
The Wolfpack took all diving events with Hannah Hopkins taking the 3-meter (252.90) and 1-meter (255.98). Hudson Rains did the same on the 3-meter (263.85) and the 1-meter (301.35) on the men’s side.
NC State swimming and diving will host Davidson tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 23. Swimming will begin at 1 p.m. at the Triangle Aquatic Center in nearby Cary, N.C., while diving will remain at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center on campus at 1 p.m.
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