Coleman Stewart Scares American Record in 100 Back; NC State Wolfpack Continue Strong Showing

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The NC State Wolfpack continued their strong performance on the second day of the North Carolina Janis Hape Dowd Invitational on Friday.

But it was Coleman Stewart who stole the show. Swimming unattached, the former NC State swimmer, now a pro swimming for Wolfpack Elite, won the 100 backstroke in 43.62 ahead of Paul Le (46.85). Stewart was extremely close to Ryan Murphy‘s American record of 43.49.

In the meet scoring, he NC State women lead with 723.5 points. Virginia Tech is second with 438, followed by North Carolina (343) and Duke (326.5).

The NC State men lead with 693.5 points, ahead of North Carolina (500), Virginia Tech (404.5) and Duke (284).

In the women’s 200 medley relay, Katharine Berkoff, Andrea Podmanikova, Sirena Rowe and Kylee Alons won in 1:34.86, nearly three seconds ahead of North Carolina and the rest of the field.

Berkoff won the 100 backstroke in 50.40, going 1-2 with Alons (51.81).

Podmanikova won the 100 breast in 59.28, the lone swimmer to break a minute.

Kate Moore, Alons, Berkoff and Julia Poole won the 800 free relay in 7:01.55.

NC State Wolfpack’s Mikey Moore won the men’s 400 IM in 3:45.12, more than four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Swimming unattached, pro Michael Chadwick won the 200 free in 1:34.38 ahead of Virginia Tech’s Blake Manoff (1:34.46).

NC State’s Luke Miller, Eric Knowles, Zach Brown and Hunter Tapp won the 800 free relay in 6:14.14.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, North Carolina’s Tyler Hill, Valdas Abaliksta, Boyd Poelke and Jack Messenger won in 1:24.46, holding off the NC State Wolfpack (1:25.51).

Abaliksta won the 100 breast (52.56).

Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy won the women’s 400 IM in 4:09.34, just seven hundredths ahead of NC State Wolfpack’s Emma Muzzy (4:09.41).

Duke’s Quinn Scannell won the 200 free in 1:47.45, holding off North Carolina’s Amy Dragelin (1:47.48) by three hundredths and Virginia Tech’s Sarah Shackelford (1:47.52) by seven hundredths.

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