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Wolfpack set ACC record in the 200 medley relay
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Behind a pair of victorious relay performances, the 18th-ranked NC State men’s swimming team grabbed the early lead as the 2014 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship got under way Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
With the two wins, NC State leads with 128 points, ahead of Virginia Tech in second with 110 points and Notre Dame with 104 points in third place.
Florida State and Virginia share fourth with 102 points, followed by North Carolina (96), Georgia Tech (92), Pitt (90), Duke (84), and Boston College (68).
The NC State 200 medley relay squad of Andreas Schiellerup, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld, and David Williams kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:23.78 to claim the Wolfpack’s first victory in the event since 2006. A new ACC record and the fastest time in the country this season, the mark bettered the previous record set by Florida State at last year’s championship by more than a full second.
The race featured six NCAA A cut times, and saw the Seminole team of Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike, Connor Knight, and Paul Murray also top the previous conference mark with a time of 1:24.72.
The Wolfpack closed out the night by winning its first 800 freestyle relay since 1985 to break a string of 14 consecutive victories in the event by Virginia. Jonathan Boffa grabbed the lead on the opening leg with a split time of 1:34.30, a lead that Simonas Bilis, Soeren Dahl, and David Williams would increase the rest of the way to post a final time of 6:15.58.
In addition to NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and Virginia all posted NCAA A standards.
Both NC State winning relay teams earned 2014 All-ACC honors with their victories.
The 2014 ACC Championship continues Thursday with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m.
One change of note in this year’s Championship was the addition of the scoring of all 24 competitors competing in a swimming final. In previous years, only the top 16 competitors received points that counted toward their team’s total.
A live video stream of event finals will be available on theACC.com on Thursday through Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m., with Dean Linke handling play-by-play and Warren Perry adding analysis.
There is no charge for admission to the 2014 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. Parking is available for $8 or for $15 for a session pass.
All Championship information, including a full event schedule and live results, can be found at the official championship website, http://theacc.co/SDchamp. Fans can also get updates by following along on Twitter, @ACCSwimDive.