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Wolfpack Claims Four ACC Awards for 2018-19 Season

The NC State swimming and diving programs continued to add to a #STATEment 2018-19 year. The Wolfpack was awarded four ACC yearly honors for its successes during the season.

ACC MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR

BRADEN HOLLOWAY

2018-19 HONORS:

  • 2019 ACC Champions
  • 4th-place finish at NCAA Championships
  • 5 ACC event titles
  • 1 National Champion swimmer

Wolfpack head coach Braden Holloway was named ACC Men's Coach of the Year for the fifth season in a row as he has won the award every season since 2015.

He led the Pack men to another record-setting season as the team won its fifth-straight conference title and the program's 29th overall title under his guidance. The team then went on to secure its fourth team trophy and podium finish in a row with its fourth-place finish at the national meet.

Senior Andreas Vazaios won a national title in the 200-yard butterfly, making it four seasons in a row that Holloway has seen one at least of his men's swimmers crowned a national champion.

ACC MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE YEAR

COLEMAN STEWART

2018-19 HONORS:

  • 7x All-American
  • 2x ACC individual champion
  • 1x ACC relay champion
  • 5x All-ACC honoree
  • ACC Meet Co-MVP

Wolfpack junior Coleman Stewart became the fifth straight member of NC State's squad to win ACC Men's Swimmer of the Year.

Stewart led the Pack men in scoring at both the ACC Championships, where he tied for the scoring lead across all teams, and at the NCAA Championships during the 2018-19 season. The Wolfpack junior was named ACC Meet Co-MVP after winning a pair of individual titles as he swept the backstroke events at the conference meet.

The York, Pa. native qualified for three individual A finals at the NCAA Championships and secured top-four finishes in all three events, including a pair of silver medals. He re-set ACC and program records in the 100-yard backstroke multiple times over the course of the postseason.

Stewart garnered First Team All-America honors a total of seven times - three individual events and four relays - to add to his storied career.

acc women's freshman of the year

sophie hansson

2018-19 HONORS:

  • 4x All-American
  • 1x Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2x ACC individual champion
  • 3x ACC relay champion

Sophie Hansson's ACC Women's Freshman of the Year honors mark the second such honors in three seasons for the Wolfpack women.

She was the top scorer for the women's swimming and diving team at both the ACC Championships and the NCAA Championships. Hansson swept the breaststroke titles at the conference meet, becoming the first Wolfpack woman since 1982 to do so and making her the third-highest scorer across all teams at the meet. Her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke at the ACC Championships was the second-fastest time ever clocked by a freshman in the event and was a new conference record.

Hansson capped off her incredible freshman season by taking home bronze in both breaststroke events at the NCAA Championships.

ACC MEN'S FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

NYLS KORSTANJE

2018-19 HONORS:

  • 3x All-American
  • 2x Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2x All-ACC honoree
  • 3 relay podium finishes at ACC Championships

Korstanje became the program's fourth ACC Men's Freshman of the Year in the past five seasons. He capped off a historic rookie campaign with a pair of top-16 finishes at the NCAA Championships as he became an Honorable Mention All-American in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. The freshman also played a key role in three top-four relay teams at the national meet as he garnered All-America status as a part of those squads.

The Nijmegen, Netherlands native jumped into the top five on NC State's all-time list in three events. He was the first freshman in program history to swim a sub-20 second 50-yard freestyle time in his first semester of competition, and he also became the first Wolfpack rookie to go under 42 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle as he clocked a career-best 41.91 at the NCAA Championships.

Korstanje was the highest-scoring freshman across all teams at the ACC Championships.

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