July 12, 2005
Dan Velez, a senior from Germantown, Md., finished third in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 2005 World Maccabiah Games in his first international competition. He posted a lifetime best of 2:20.98 in the event held in Israel. Velez was one of 6,000 athletes from 50 different countries who are competing in over 30 various sports at the Maccabiah Games, the fourth largest international competition in the world. Velez has been turning heads in the pool for NC State since his arrival to Raleigh in January of 2005 as a transfer from Penn State, and head coach Brooks Teal is honored to have Velez in the pool for his senior season in 2005-06.
"This is a great accomplishment for Dan, medaling at an international championship event, and NC State is extremely proud of him," Teal said. "He has worked very hard this spring and summer in preparation for the Games, and this should give him plenty of confidence as he prepares for the 100 breast later in the week."
Velez finished the 2004-05 season ranked in the top-100 nationally in both the 100 yard and 200 yard breaststroke, with his time of 55.15 making him the 45th fastest in the NCAA in the 100 breast. He swam that time, the second fastest in school history, at the ACC Championships, finishing fourth in the event. His 200 breaststroke time of 2:01.28 is the 61st fastest this season, and it ranks him eighth in the NC State record books. He swam that time at the ACC Championships as well, finishing sixth.
He was also a key member of the 200 yard medley relay team that set an ACC record in winning the ACC Championship in the event. Velez, along with teammates Kevin Devine, Kevin Velleca and Cullen Jones qualified for the NCAA Championship with a 1:27.46 in setting the record, the 12th fastest time in the NCAA this season.