The Wolfpacker

November 2019

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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NOVEMBER 2019 ■ 105 style. Distance swimming could be an asset on this year's team. Senior Jack McIntyre owns the second fastest time in school his- tory in the 1,650 and was an All-American in the race, like Knowles. This year is also a great opportunity for some other returning swimmers who have had to wait their turns behind some of the Pack's past standouts. "We have a few guys this is a big year for," Holloway said. "When Justin Ress and Jacob Molacek or Ryan Held or guys like that were all there, they were more util- ity guys, depth role guys — and now they got to play a bigger role." That group includes seniors Noah Hens- ley, Tyler Rice and Mark McLaughlin and junior Gil Kiesler. Hensley provided a glimpse of his capability when he earned All-America laurels in the 100 butterfly and reached the A finals of three different indi- vidual events at the ACC Championships. Junior Erge Gezmis also joined the team over the summer after transferring in from Florida, where he qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 butterfly. The wild card this season is an acclaimed recruiting class that ranked No. 2 in the country. The Pack signed four of the top-15 swimmers in the 2019 class — Ross Dant (No. 6), Noah Bowers (No. 8), Hunter Tapp (No. 14) and Noah Henderson The Wolfpacker 1-800-421-7751 • PO Box 2331 • Durham, NC 27702 Please add sales tax for delivery to NC (7.5%), IN (7%) or MI (6%) CLEARANCE! MR WUF HUGGLE HOUND Available in 2 Sizes: 9" Small $16.99 + $5 S&H Item #2170-SM 15" Large $21.99 + $5 S&H Item #2170-LG • Corduroy plush with knotted limbs for gnawing • Squeakers in tummy and each paw • Made with exclusive Tuffut Technology®, known for its durable, unique three layer construction and identified by its signature Firefly Green color • The strongest, cutest and most ridiculously soft dog toy made! Silicone Oven Mitt Reg. $12.95 Sale! $8.95 + $2 S&H Item #2022 WHILE SUPPLY LASTS! Order early for best selection Chrome Hitch Cover (Fits 2" Receiver) Reg. $38.95 Sale! $29.95 + $5 S&H Item #2130 Chrome Newcomer To Watch Hickory, N.C., native Ross Dant has the potential to make an immediate contribution on the long distance swims. His best time in the 1,650 freestyle entering college (14:46.20) would already be fourth fastest in NC State history and just 22 seconds off former national title winner Anton Ipsen's all-time mark. Dant is also likely to help NCSU in the 400 individual medley and 500 freestyle. ■ By The Numbers 4 Consecutive years NC State has finished in fourth place at the NCAA Championships. 4 Divers on this year's roster, which head coach Braden Holloway hopes will create valuable com- petition in the event. 15 Different countries and states represented on NC State's roster. "We did lose some big-time NCAA points. … Obviously, our team this year is completely different. We have a few big dogs that are still here that are going to carry the load." ■ Head coach Braden Holloway

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