Men's Swimming and Diving

Men's Swimming and Diving
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1930s

1932 Men's swimming team established
Swim team group photoSwim team group photo
1933-1934 Joe E. Moore, head coach for men's swimming and diving
1934-1941 Romeo Lefort, head coach for men's swimming and diving
Charles R. Lefort portraitCharles R. Lefort portrait

1940s

1941-1942 Cliff Carroll, head coach for men's swimming and diving
1942-1943 Tom Hines, head coach for men's swimming and diving
1946-1970 Willis Casey, head coach for men's swimming and diving

Willis Casey was the men's swimming and diving coach from 1946 to 1957 and 1959 to 1970. The team went on to win or share wins for sixteen Southern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships over the next thirty years.

Willis R. CaseyWillis R. Casey
4/10/1948 First men's swimmer won national championship

Bill Despres captured first place in the National Junior 300 yard Individual Medley Championship of America and was the first swimmer from NC State to capture a national championship.

Swimmer Bill DespresSwimmer Bill Despres

1950s

1952 Swimmer Bob Mattson honored

Swimmer Bob Mattson won the first of four consecutive All-American honors. In 1955, he became State's first NCAA champion, winning the 200-yard breaststroke.

Bob MattsonBob Mattson
1954 Men's swimming won Outdoor National AAU Championship
1954-1956 Swimmer Dick Fadgen won several championships

Swimmer Dick Fadgen won seven NCAA and AAU individual championship swimming events between 1954 and 1956.

1956 Men's swimming won Indoor National AAU Championship
1957-1959 Bill Sonner, head coach for men's swimming and diving

1960s

1968 Steve Rerych won Olympic gold medal

Swimmer Steve Rerych won medals at the Mexico City Olympics for the 4 x 100 freestyle and 4 x 200 freestyle. At NC State, Rerych was a three-time All-American and nine-time ACC champion. He was the only person in ACC swimming and diving history to be three-time champion in three different events. Rerych was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Gold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve RerychGold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve Rerych

1970s

1970-1995 Don Easterling, head coach for men's swimming and diving

Don Easterling served as men's swimming coach from 1970 to 1995. Under his leadership, the team won 15 ACC Championship titles.

Don EasterlingDon Easterling
3/1/1971 Men's swimming won ACC championship

NC State won the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming championship with the largest number of points ever scored and broke seven swimming records in the process.

Members of the N. C. State 1971 swim teamMembers of the N. C. State 1971 swim team
1973 Mark Elliott won World University Games gold medals

Swimmer Mark Elliott won multiple gold medals at the World University Games.

Mark ElliotMark Elliot
1/28/1974 Pool equipment malfunctioned

Swimmers warming up for the State vs. South Carolina swim meet jumped screaming from the pool as electric timers in the pool malfunctioned and shocked the swimmers.

1976 Swimmers won medals in Summer Olympics

Swimmers Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan won medals for the U.S. at the summer Olympics in Montreal.

Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, Pan American Games medalists for swimmingSteve Gregg and Dan Harrigan, Pan American Games medalists for swimming
1977 Swimmer Steve Gregg named All-American

Swimmer Steve Gregg was the first Wolfpack athlete to have All-American status for 4 years in a row. He also became the first person to win 4 ACC championships in the same event (200 butterfly), and in 1976 he was an NCAA champion. Gregg was one of the first NC State athletes to win an NCAA title and was a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. In 2013, he was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

Silver medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve GreggSilver medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Steve Gregg

1980s

1980 Duncan Goodhew won Olympic gold medal

Duncan Goodhew won a gold medal for Great Britain in the 100 meter breaststroke at the Moscow Olympics.

Gold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Duncan GoodhewGold medal Olympian and NC State swimmer Duncan Goodhew
1984, 1992 Don Easterling named ACC's "Coach of the Year"

Don Easterling was named ACC's "Coach of the Year" in 1984 and 1992.

1984-1982 Men's swimmer competed in modern pentathlon

Rob Stull, a member of the men's swimming and diving team, competed in the Olympics modern pentathlon event in the 1984, 1988, and 1992 games. He also made the men's fencing epee team in the 1988 Olympics.

1988 Nickos Fokianos made Greek Olympics team

Nickos Fokianos made the Greek Olympic team for the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay.

1989-1990 Kurt Candler named ACC's "Most Valuable Diver"

1990s

1992 Swimmer Nick Paleocrassas made Greek Olympic team
1993-1996 Gold medal Olympian and swimmer David Fox

While a student-athlete at NCSU, David Fox won seven ACC titles, one NCAA title, and was the recipient of the Alumni Association Athletic Trophy in 1993. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA, he won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 4 x 100-meter relay team.

David Fox meeting President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton at the White HouseDavid Fox meeting President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton at the White House
1995 Todd Smith named ACC's "Most Valuable Diver"
Member of the NCSU Diving Team climbs to the diving boardMember of the NCSU Diving Team climbs to the diving board
1995-2000 Scott Hammond, head coach for men's and women's swimming and diving
1996 Bank Intharapichai made Thai Olympic team
1996 Carlos Santander made Venezuelan Olympic team

Carlos Santander made Venezuelan Olympic team for the 200 meter freestyle, the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, and the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay.

2000s

2000 Andy Johnson named ACC's "Most Valuable Diver"
2000-2011 Brooks Teal, head coach for men's and women's swimming and diving
2008, 2012 Cullen Jones won Olympic gold medal

Cullen Jones won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay in Beijing. He was also ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2006.

2008 Dan Velez made Puerto Rican Olympic team

Dan Velez made the Puerto Rican Olympic team for the 100 meter breaststroke.

2010s

2011- Braden Holloway, head coach for men's and women's swimming and diving
2012 Andreas Vazaios made Greek Olympic team

Andreas Vazaios made the Greek Olympic team for the 200 meter individual medley. He would also make the Greek Olympic team for the 200 meter individual medley and the 4 x 100 meter medley relay in the 2016 Olympics. He was named ACC swimmer of the year in 2018.

2016 Simonas Bilis made Lithuanian Olympic team

Simonas Bilis made the Lithuanian Olympic team for the 50 and 100 meter freestyle and the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay. He was named ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

2016 Ryan Held won Olympic gold medal

Ryan Held won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay in Rio de Janeiro. He was named ACC swimmer of the year in 2017.

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2016 Søren Dahl made Danish Olympic team

Søren Dahl made the Danish Olympic team for the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay.

2016 Anton Ipsen made Danish Olympic team

Anton Ipsen made the Danish olympic team for the 1500 meter freestyle and the 400 meter freestyle.

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2019-2020 Coleman Stewart named ACC's "Swimmer of the Year"

2020s

2020 James Brady named ACC's "Most Valuable Diver"