ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s swimming team finished up its home campaign with a 119-81 victory over Brenau University at Justice Center Pool Friday evening.


Prior to the meet, the school honored its two seniors swimming in their final home meet. They were Hallie Gillespie and Kristen Lawson.


The Bulldogs (5-5) controlled the meet from start to finish. Asheville won eight of the 11 events.


Alexandra van Dorsten and Galen Broido led the way for the Bulldogs as they each won two events.


“I’m pleased to get the win and to send our seniors out as winners,” stated Asheville coach Elizabeth Lykins. “We swam pretty well today. We’ve had some illness with some of our swimmers but they battled through it and got the job done.”


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.


“What a way to start the meet,” commented Lykins. “That was so exciting to win that race and got us off to a good start.”


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.


UNC Asheville is back in action next Friday (Feb. 7) when the Bulldogs travel to North Carolina A&T.