ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s swim team will have its home opener Friday evening when the Bulldogs host Radford at Justice Center Pool starting at 5 p.m.


Friday’s meet can be seen on the Big South Digital Network for free and can be accessed by going to the multimedia tag at


The meet with the Highlander will be the swimming team’s pink-out night as the school will be raising funds for breast cancer awareness. They will also be honoring former UNC Asheville swimming coach Betsy Montgomery who passed away last month at the age of 88.


"We are excited about the home opener on Friday. The team has been working hard all semester and is excited for some fast racing to show our hometown fans,” stated Bulldog coach Elizabeth Lykins. “This meet is a special occasion, as we will be accepting donations for breast cancer awareness and local women's charities.  Fans can buy hot-pink Asheville Swimming shirts and pink ribbons with all proceeds being donated to Ladies Night Out of Asheville.”


Radford is 1-3 on the season but is coming off a 184-48 win over VMI two week ago. The Bulldogs split last weekend in a tri-meet at Davidson. Asheville downed VMI, 179-68 before falling to the Wildcats, 187-87.


Asheville got off to a good start with a second place in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Reid Jackson, Alessandra Troncoso, Alexandra van Dorsten and Ashley Ireland posted a time of 1:51.51.


Galen Broido finished third in the 1000 freestyle as she had a time of 10:43.61. She also took second in the 200 backstroke (2:15.42). Freshman Kenzie Hart finished third in the 200 backstroke at a time of 2:18.36.


Broido took second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:18.90.


Troncoso came in second at the 100 breastroke as she posted a time of 1:06.95. She finished first in the 100 butterfly at 1:02.15. Van Dorsten came in second at 1:02.90.