RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) -- Stephen Coetzer is one of the best swimmers to come out of the Port City. The Laney High School graduate is a junior at NC State. He's a big part of the nationally ranked Wolfpack squad. In fact the Wolfpack men's swim team is ranked 5th in the nation. "We've done an immense amount of training this season," Coetzer said. "We had extremely high goals coming in. For the most part everyone achieved their goals and a bit extra."
Earlier this month NC State finished in 2nd place at the ACC Championship in Greensboro. Coetzer came in 2nd place in the 200 backstroke. In fact he holds the conference record in the 200 back. He broke the record in the preliminaries prior to the final. The current Hampstead resident also earned ALL-ACC honors in the 200 individual medley. Braden Holloway is the NC State head swimming coach. "Stephen's peformance was exceptional. He prepared himself to be that fast. We knew he would be good. He lit it up."
There's only one more swim meet left this season, but it's the biggest of the year. It's the NCAA Championship. It'll be held in Texas later this week. "It's my first time going to the meet, Coetzer said. I plan to enjoy the experience. My goal is to be faster. Our guys training for NCAA's know that the job is not done."
Below we've posted an article on the swimmers NC State will be taking to Texas.
RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) -– Nine members of the No 18 NC State men’s swimming & diving team, as well as four alternates, have been selected to take part in the 2014 NCAA Championships, to be held from March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Simonas Bilis, Ian Bishop, Jonathan Boffa, Stephen Coetzer, Soren Dahl, Christian McCurdy, Barrett Miesfeld, Andreas Schiellerup and David Williams will compete in a combined 17 individual events.
In addition, the Pack will have a team represented in each of the five relays that will be held throughout the week. The squad posted a time among the top five around the country in each relay this season, including the second fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay (1:16.16) and the 200 medley relay (1:23.78).
Scott Johnson, Derek Hren, Matt Thomas and Mike Camper were selected as alternates in relay events.
Bilis, Boffa and Williams will each represent the Wolfpack in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Bilis owns a time among the top 10 fastest posted in the 50 free, as well as the 100 free. Williams ranks among the top 10 times clocked this season in the 100 free.
In addition, Stephen Coetzer is slated to compete in the 200 individual medley and the 200 back, while Christian McCurdy will swim in the 400 IM and the 200 fly after winning the ACC title in both events.
Senior Ian Bishop will return to his hometown of Austin, Texas for the final meet of his collegiate career, as he will compete in the 100 breaststroke. Barrett Miesfeld will also conclude his Wolfpack career in Austin, as he will swim the 100 butterfly.
Freshmen Andreas Schiellerup and Soren Dahl will each make their first trip to the NCAA Championships. Schiellerup will compete in the 100 backstroke after breaking the school record with a leadoff split in the 400 medley at the ACC Championships of 45.92. Meanwhile, Dahl, who joined the squad in January, will compete in the 100 butterfly.