NC State's Year In Review

Raleigh, N.C. -- NC State's athletic teams enjoyed success competitively and academically during the 2012-13 athletic campaign as they continued strong progress towards the comprehensive goals outlined in the department's five-year strategic plan.

Competitively, the Wolfpack set a school record this year with its 633.6 points earned in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors' Cup, easily eclipsing the previous high mark of 576.6 set last year and finishing 34th. In all, 18 of 23 Wolfpack teams advanced to postseason play, including all eight spring sports.

The Wolfpack was one of only three schools nationally to play in a football bowl game, have its men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament, and its baseball team advance to the College World Series.

Three squads - Softball, Gymnastics, and Rifle - won their respective conference championship, while the baseball team returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1968. Volleyball was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987, and under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, the softball team captured the ACC tournament title behind ACC Pitcher of the Year Emily Weiman.

The baseball team posted the department's highest national ranking, placing fifth in the final poll. The Men's Swimming & Diving squad placed 15th at the NCAA Championship, the best among all ACC programs and the best finish for the program since 1979. Second-year head coach Braden Holloway was named the ACC Coach of the Year.

Academically, 61 student-athletes were named to their respective academic all-conference squads, 110 graduated and 315 were named scholar-athletes on campus - posting a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Three NC State student-athletes were awarded ACC postgraduate scholarships in 2013 while another earned the Honorary Award. In the history of this program, NC State continues to boast the highest number of these honorees among league schools.

This spring, the Wolfpack Leadership Academy was instituted. This program, which is available to all 23 varsity sports, will help the Wolfpack develop the next generation of leaders, both in competition and life.

In all, the Wolfpack boasted 72 all-conference performers, 25 All-Americans and five Academic All-Americans.

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