GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s swimming team will have its final meet prior to the league championship meet today when the Bulldogs travel to North Carolina A&T for a 5 p.m. race with the Aggies.
Asheville (5-5) is trying to over .500 today with the win and get ready for the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships that will be held in two weeks in Knoxville (Feb. 19-22).
"We are looking forward to our final tune-up prior to conference championships,” stated Bulldog coach Elizabeth Lykins. “This will be a good opportunity for everyone to have a couple more races before the team leaves for our championships in two weeks."
The Bulldogs picked up their fifth win last Friday with a 119-81 victory over Brenau University at Justice Center Pool. Asheville downed North Carolina A&T back in early November at Campbell, 185-66.
Alexandra van Dorsten and Galen Broido led the way for the Bulldogs last week as they each won two events.
The Bulldogs set the tone by winning the first meet of the night in the 200 medley relay. Asheville’s foursome of Reid Jackson, Alessandra Troncoso, Alexandra van Dorsten and Ashley Ireland edged out the Tigers relay team. Asheville’s relay team had a time of 1:50.74, compared to Brenau’s time of 1:50.78. Ireland’s final charge in the final yards got the Bulldogs the win.
Broido won the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:50.67. She also won the 500 freestyle as she posted a time of 5:15.56.
Alexandra van Dorsten won the 200 freestyle at a time of 1:59.33. She came back to win the 100 freestyle at 54.44.
Alessandra Troncoso finished first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08. 32. Ashley Ireland captured the 50 freestyle at 24.67.
The Bulldogs won the final event of the evening in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Alexandra van Dorsten, Kristen Lawson, Emily Sawyer and Ashley Ireland posted a time of 3:45.83.