ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's swim team hosted its first home match in 36 years on Saturday and delighted the capacity crowd at Justice Center Pool by winning four individual events, including two by Alessandra Troncoso.
The Bulldogs (1-3) fell to a deeper and more experienced Campbell (7-3) squad, 179-83, but Asheville coach Elizabeth Lykins was very pleased with the first home meet at Justice Center pool since 1976.
"I thought today was a great event," declared Lykins. "We had a super crowd, and I couldn't have been happier with their support today. Everything went well, and the future is very bright with our program.
"I thought our girls swam very well today," added Lykins. "We won four individual events and came close in a couple of other races. We won some close races and lost a few, as well. Overall, our team continues to improve with each meet."
Troncoso continued her impressive rookie season with the Bulldogs. She finished in first place in the 50-yard Butterfly with a time of 27.45 and the 100-yard Breaststroke at 1:05.55. Chole Carr took first in the 50-yard Breaststroke as she posted a time of 31.92, while Galen Broido took first in the 500-yard Freestyle at a time of 5:18.20.
The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the 100-yard Breaststroke. Finishing behind Troncoso was Carr at 1:08.77.
The first race of the afternoon was the 200-yard Medley relay. Campbell's A team just edged out UNC Asheville's team of Broido, Carr, Troncoso and Kristen Lawson. Campbell's time was 1:54.30, while the Bulldogs were at 1:54.32.
"We came so close in that first race," explained Lykins. "Our relay team did a great job and will only get better."
Troncoso just missed a third individual win in the 100-yard Butterfly. She was edged by Cherissee Campbell as she had a time of 1:00.79 to 1:00.93 for Troncoso.
Broido took second in the 1000-yard Freestyle at 10:51.84. Lawson finished second in the 200-yard Freestyle at 2:09.02.
The Bulldogs next meet is at the Highlander Invitational (Nov. 15-17) at Radford.