ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's swim team makes its debut on Friday when the Bulldogs compete in the All-North Carolina Invitational hosted by N.C. State at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The two-day event will begin today at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.


A total of 13 schools will be competing in the invitational, including Catawba, Campbell, Davidson, Duke, East Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Greensboro College, Lenoir-Rhyne, North Carolina A&T, UNC Asheville, Pfeiffer, Queens, Wingate and the host Wolfpack.


The Bulldogs' first team in more than 35 years did get some meet experience on Sept. 22 at Justice Center Pool when they hosted an exhibition against Mars Hill. Asheville delighted the capacity crowd by taking five first-place finishes out of 10 events.


Alessandra Troncoso and Galen Broido each won two events for Asheville. The Bulldog 200-yard medley relay team won its race by more than 10 seconds in the first meet of the event.


Head Coach Elizabeth Lykins thinks this is a great meet for her first team's regular-season opener.


"We're really excited about this first meet," commented Lykins. "There will be some great competition, and the Greensboro Aquatic Center is a fast pool where you can really post some fast times.


"I think our team is ready to go, and I truly believe we're going to have some great times over the weekend," added Lykins.  "We learned a lot in the meet against Mars Hill, and we'll learn some more at Greensboro."