LEXINGTON, Va. - The UNC Asheville women's swim team will be on the road this weekend as they'll face VMI and Gardner-Webb Friday night at VMI and then travel to Radford the next day for a dual meet.  Friday's double-dual meets starts at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the meet with the Highlanders begins at 11 a.m.


Asheville opened the season two weeks ago at the North Carolina Collegiate Kick-Off Classic with a solid ninth-place finish among 13 teams.  The Bulldogs had eight swimmers perform in Greensboro.


Head Coach Elizabeth Lykins is looking forward to the dual meets this weekend. All three opponents are conference members in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.


"We've worked hard the past two weeks to continue to improve," commented Lykins. "We're doing a little more speed work and learning how to race better. Everyone continues to work hard and improve."


Friday's meet will be a relay meet according to Lykins.


"With a relay meet, some of our swimmers are going to have swim some events they normally don't participate in," explained Lykins. "The meet will be scored as two dual meets and hopefully we will come out on top.


"Gardner-Webb has a strong team, and VMI has a solid program, as well," added Lykins. "Our goal is to get two wins tonight."


Saturday's meet at Radford will be a typical dual meet.


"The Radford meet will have 13 events and be a true dual meet," stated Lykins. "I'm looking for some fast times at Radford on Saturday.


"Radford has a good team with some solid swimmers," Lykins also said.


The Bulldogs raised some eyebrows with their performance in Greensboro. Freshman Alessandra Troncoso was nominated as CCSA Swimmer of the Week for her work.  She placed third in the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.30), sixth in the 200 Breaststroke (2:25.50), sixth in the 50 Breaststroke split of the meet (30.48) in the 200 Medley Relay and anchored the 400 Freestyle Relay (55.70).