College Notebook

Wolfpack wins, ties in swimming

From News ReleasesJanuary 16, 2013 

— The N.C. State women’s swimming and diving team defeated Virginia Tech 160-140 Wednesday at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center, but the men produced the first tie in the history of its program with a 150-150 results against the 17th-ranked Hokies.

“I was real happy with the way we competed,” coach Braden Holloway said.

The Wolfpack squads got off to a great start, claiming the top spots in the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay. Hannah Freyman, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Riki Bonnema cruised in the heat with a time of 1 minute, 43.21 seconds. For the men, Ivan Kopas, Ian Bishop, Barrett Miesfeld and Jonathan Boffa held on for a .01-second victory.

“Not only was it a win, but it also set the tone for the meet,” Holloway said. “It created some momentum.”

Duke: Junior Hunter Knight was named the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week after sweeping the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events, placing second in the 200 individual medley and eclipsing a Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion facility record during Saturday’s home finale against South Carolina.

The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-3) will return to action at noon Sunday at Virginia.

Soccer

Duke: After spending five days at the Major League Soccer Combine, goalkeeper James Belshaw will await the MLS SuperDraft at noon Thursday to see what lies ahead in his career.

Belshaw, a 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America selection, was one of 54 college seniors invited to the MLS Combine. He led his squad to the MLS Combine title with a 2-0-1 record.

A four-year starter and a two-year captain for the Blue Devils, Belshaw moved up in the MLS mock draft to No. 29 to the Philadelphia Union, according to some analysts.

Tennis

Campbell: The men’s tennis team earned a second-place ranking in the Big South preseason poll as selected by the league’s coaches. The Camels and Coastal Carolina received 62 points to tie for second. The favorite was Radford, which garnered 77 total points.

• The women’s tennis team received 67 votes and a fourth-place finish in the preseason poll.

Winthrop, which earned nine first-place votes, is the preseason favorite, followed by Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina.

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