RADFORD, Va. – The UNC Asheville women’s swimming team finished in fourth place at the Highlander Invitational on the final day of competition at the Dedmon Center Pool on the campus of Radford University.


The Bulldogs finished with 490 points for the three-day meet. Campbell won the meet with 1,051.5 points and Mount St. Mary's was the runner up with 704 points. Radford took third with 643.5 points. Asheville took fourth, followed by Millersville and North Carolina A&T.


“Tonight was an awesome night as our ladies dug deep during this long meet and found success,” stated Bulldog coach Elizabeth Lykins.  “The final session of the meet was our best. We raced hard, earned high finishes in our events and had a lot of fun.”


Freshman Alexandra van Dorsten earned the Bulldogs our first win of the meet in the 100 freestyle. She had a lifetime best by .8 seconds and posted a time of 53.24. Ashley Ireland earned valuable 7th place points with 54.72 and Emily Sawyer was 14th with 55.78.

The team's second win of the night immediately followed as Alessandra Troncoso handily won the 200 breaststroke at a time of 2:22.86, more than four seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.


Galen Broido picked up a second place finish in the mile with a time of 17:18.66. She immediately followed that race with a fourth-place finish in the 200 backstroke as she posted a time of 2:12.56. Also placing in the 200 backstroke was Kenzie Hart as she came in seventh at 2:15.17.  Moving up from the morning swims were Kristen Lawson in 10th (2:15.26) and Reid Jackson 14th (2:20.20).

The final event of the evening was the 400 freestyle relay and Asheville earned a third-place finish in that event. The A squad of Alessandra Troncoso (55.54), Kristen Lawson (55.24), Emily Sawyer (55.49) and Alexandra van Dorsten (53.12) finished with a time of 3:39.39.