In a time of extreme mediocrity among main stream sports in Raleigh (besides NCFC), the NC State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are quietly establishing themselves as the most successful programs in not only the city, but the state. Both teams dominated at the recent ACC Championships and took home the first place hardware and now have set their sights on bringing home national titles. I think I speak for all Raleigh sports fans when I say we’re lovin’ this shit. Where ya at UNC? Is it time to start calling Raleigh the swim capital of the US? Yeah, we just did.
The men’s team has been dominant, claiming their 3rd straight conference title. Is this the start of a dynasty here in Raleigh? – Probably. Going into the NCAA championships starting on March 22nd the Wolfpack men are projected to win the national championship. Last year the Pack finished fourth at the national championships and you know they want that number one spot. NC State’s main competition will come from the University of Texas, University of California at Berkeley and the University of Flurrrida. Back in November the Pack defeated Texas head to head, but dual meet format is much different than championship format, so look for NC State to bring it strong again for Raleigh. They are locked and loaded with Olympians, one of which is boys with Michael Phelps!
There’s no shortage of story lines on the womens side either. The NC State women’s team ended Virginia’s Alabama football like dynasty of nine straight conference championship streak by winning the women’s swimming and diving title for the first time since 1980. Nice try Virginia, 10 would’ve been sweet but no worries because NC State women will win a conference title and actually bring it at NCAAs.
The Wolfpack women will send eleven to Indianapolis for the national championships set to begin on March 15th and are projected to finish fourth at the championships. If they follow through with this finish it’ll have to be the highest finish in program history.
I just gotta say good luck to all the swimmers. Its been a rough winter in terms of sports for the city of Raleigh, at least the mens and womens swim programs at NC State are bringing pride to the city! Once y’all are back in town let us know and we’ll challenge you to a race. Just one disclaimer we’ve been tapering for like five plus years so we’re pretty spry.