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N.C. State wins ACC swimming and diving championship

N.C. State wins ACC swimming and diving championship

For the first time since 1980, N.C. State is the ACC women’s swimming & diving champion.

The Wolfpack won four individual tiles, four relay titles and a total of 19 medals en route to the third team title in program history. The championship is the first on the women’s side and third overall for coach Braden Holloway.

N.C. State finished the meet in first place with 1,183.5 points. Virginia, which had won the previous nine ACC Championships, placed second with 1,100.5.

Louisville finished in third place (1,027) and was followed by North Carolina (980), Virginia Tech (739), Duke (725.5), Notre Dame (654.5), Florida State (625.5), Pitt (428), Georgia Tech (391), Miami (361.5), Boston College (152), and Clemson (144).

N.C. State’s Alexia Zevnik was named the 2017 ACC Championship Most Valuable Women’s Swimmer for her performance during the week. The senior won five medals, taking home three individual titles, a relay championship, and a silver medal and set three records in the process.

ECU: After two days of competition at the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, the Pirates sit atop the standings on the men’s side, while the women are in fourth place at the Campus & Wellness Recreation Center Natatorium at the University of Houston.

Women’s Basketball

Duke/Wake Forest: The trio of Oderah Chidom, Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell combined for 59 points as the 13th-ranked Blue Devils took down the Demon Deacons, 79-53, Thursday at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Amber Campbell and Elisa Penna recorded double-digit performances for the Deacs.

NC State: The No. 15/18 Wolfpack (20-6, 10-3 ACC) reached the 20-win mark for the second consecutive season Thursday, grinding out a challenging 70-58 road win at Boston College. Dominique Wilson led all scorers with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Jennifer Mathurin (14 points) and Miah Spencer (12).

UNC: Jamie Cherry’s 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left in regulation lifted the Tar Heels to an 89-88 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday from Carmichael Arena. The Tar Heels (14-12, 3-10 ACC) trailed by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, but methodically clawed back into the game and gave themselves a chance by tying the school record for the third time this season with 14 3-pointers.

Elon: The Phoenix earned a 72-61 victory over Hofstra on Thursday inside Alumni Gym to complete the season sweep of the Pride. Now with a 20-6 record on the season and a 12-2 mark in CAA play, the team has reached the 20-win mark for just the second time as a Division I program and for the first time under head coach Charlotte Smith.

Saint Augustine’s: On Wednesday, Kaaliya Williams scored 12 points in a 72-39 loss to Livingstone at New Trent Gymnasium. The Falcons (3-24, 0-9 CIAA Southern Division) will conclude the regular season at home against Fayetteville State on Saturday at 2 p.m. This will be the last home game for seniors Shakeisha Washington and Teeria Vaughan.

Baseball

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will open the season in Hawaii with a three-game series against the host Rainbow Warriors this weekend. Friday and Saturday’s contests are slated to begin at 11:35 p.m. (ET), while first pitch of Sunday’s game is set for 12:05 p.m. ET. at Les Murakami Stadium.

Duke: The Blue Devils open the season at the Sanderson Ford Spring Training College Classic in Surprise, Ariz., this weekend. The team is set to face No. 7 Oregon State, Gonzaga and Indiana at the season-opening tournament, held at Surprise Stadium. Due to predicted inclement weather Saturday, the Blue Devils will now play two games Friday, Feb. 17 at the 2017 Sanderson Ford Spring Training College Classic. The Devils open against Gonzaga at 10 a.m. (12 p.m. EST) before taking on No. 7 Oregon State at 2 p.m. (4 p.m. EST). The team is now slated to play one contest against Gonzaga Saturday with time to be determined. Sunday’s schedule remains unchanged.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons open the 2017 campaign with two games each against Nicholls and Houston over the weekend.

Campbell: The team opens the season Friday, hosting Northern Kentucky at Jim Perry Stadium. Friday’s opener is slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch. The Camels and Norse will square off in a three-game series, with Saturday’s game featuring a 3 p.m. start, and Sunday’s finale beginning at 1 p.m.

Elon: The season will get underway at 4 p.m. on Friday as the Phoenix plays host to Longwood in game one of a three-game series at Latham Park. The set will continue with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday before concluding with a 1:30 p.m. contest on Sunday.

Softball

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will serve as one of four hosts for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this weekend, welcoming Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame to Dail Stadium. Michigan and Notre Dame will play the first game of the challenge at 2:30 p.m. Friday, while first pitch for the Wolfpack and the Wolverines is set for 5 p.m.

Saint Augustine’s: On Thursday, the Falcons scored two runs in the seventh inning to beat Claflin 6-5 at Adden Street Field in Orangeburg, S.C., for its first softball win of the season. In the first game of a doubleheader, the Falcons lost 8-6.

Mount Olive: The team split a pair of games with Winston-Salem State, 11-4 and 10-2 (W, 5 innings), on Thursday at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field in Mount Olive.

Wrestling

N.C. State: Being ranked in the top 10 all season in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll and finishing the regular season with a 12-2 dual mark, netted the No. 7 Wolfpack a second straight at-large bid to the NWCA National Duals Championship Series.

Track and Field

Duke: The men’s and women’s squads will once again hit the road to compete at two different locations. Several Blue Devils will compete in the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., Friday-Saturday, while select student-athletes will head to Winston-Salem for the UCS Invitational on Saturday. The Blue Devils will compete against 13 teams, including ACC foes North Carolina, N.C. State and host school Virginia Tech.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will conclude the regular indoor season this weekend at the VT Last Chance Meet Friday and Saturday and the UCS Invitational Sunday. The meets mark the final chance for individuals to qualify for the ACC indoor Championships, which are slated to begin next week.

Elon: As the ECAC Indoor Championships loom in a couple of weeks, the women’s team looks to close out its indoor regular season on high note as the Phoenix splits for meets this Friday and Saturday at the Virginia Tech Challenge and at the UCS Challenge on Saturday.

Men’s Tennis

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the 2017 ITA National Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia. The 16-team tournament will begin on Friday and run through Monday. The Deacons earned their bid, the No. 2 seed overall, by defeating Nebraska and Georgia State on Jan. 27-28 at the Wake Forest regional. In the opening round of the single-elimination tournament, the Deacs will face No. 15 seed Mississippi State at noon.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack continues its dual season with two more matches this weekend. The Pack will make its first road trip of the season, as it travels to South Carolina for a Friday match against the Gamecocks at 1 p.m. The Pack will then host VCU Sunday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center Sunday at noon. The team enters the weekend with a 6-3 record, coming off a 6-1 victory over Minnesota last weekend.

Women’s Tennis

Elon: The team looks to build on its 3-0 record at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center with a pair of weekend matches against USC Upstate and Davidson. The Phoenix will face USC Upstate at 2 p.m. on Friday and Davidson on Saturday at noon.

Football

N.C. State: Coach Dave Doeren has announced that George McDonald, who is entering his third year as wide receivers coach for the Wolfpack, has also been named passing game coordinator. Last season under McDonald’s guidance, the Wolfpack ranked second nationally with five different individuals turning in eight 100-yard receiving games. The wide receivers played a much larger role in the offense in 2016, accounting for 60 percent of the team’s total receptions, up from 46 percent in 2015.

Men’s Basketball

Elon: The team fell at Towson, 85-66, on Thursday at SECU Arena. Tyler Seibring led the Phoenix (16-12, 8-7 CAA) with a team-high 22 points and finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Dainan Swoope and Brian Dawkins also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Steven Santa Ana and Luke Eddy each had four assists.

Saint Augustine’s: On Wednesday, Quincy January finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-61 loss to Livingstone at New Trent Gymnasium. January recorded his 13th double-double of the season in the defeat. He entered the contest ranked 12th nationally in Division II in double-doubles. The high-leaping forward also leads the CIAA in rebounds per game.

Shaw: Saturday marks the regular-season home finale for the men’s and women’s teams. The Bears host the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University in a CIAA Southern Division doubleheader. The women’s game begins at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.

Men’s Golf

N.C. State: The team kicks off the spring portion of the season this weekend against a challenging field at the Puerto Rico Classic. Beginning Sunday and concluding on Tuesday, the tournament will feature 54 holes of golf at the Rio Mar Beach and Spa Resort River Course. The competition will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Gymnastics

N.C. State: The team is heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a matchup with Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crisler Center.

Fencing

Duke: The team will be strongly represented this weekend at the Junior Olympic Championships in Kansas City, Mo. This will be the final competition for the Blue Devils before hosting ACC Championships in Cameron Indoor Stadium Feb. 25-26. The Blue Devils will send five freshmen, Duncan De Caire, Eoin Gronningsater, Aidan McGinnis, Ben Stone and Agoston Walter, to compete this weekend.

Miscellaneous

Shaw: Some student-athletes recently visited the Boys and Girls Club in Raleigh as a part of the CIAA Conference Lowes initiative. The group for over two hours where they donated cleaning supplies to the facility for spring cleaning and presented gifts with Lowe’s ambassadors.

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