LEXINGTON, Va. - The UNC Asheville women's swim team picked up its first victory in 36 years when the Bulldogs defeated VMI Friday evening, 136-74 at the VMI Pool.


Asheville competed against both the Keydets and Gardner-Webb in a unique double dual meet where all the events were relays. Gardner-Webb, with 30 swimmers, compared to just eight for the Bulldogs, downed Asheville, 204-72.


The Bulldog program is in their first year of competition since the 1975-76 season when the school sponsored a men's and women's team.


Head Coach Elizabeth Lykins was delighted with her team's performance on Friday.


"We are very excited to earn the swim program's first win," declared Lykins. "It was a uniquely formatted meet with all relays, which was challenging with such a small squad. However, our team stepped up and did a great job. Just about everybody had to swim five events in a three-hour meet."


Asheville beat the Keydets straight up in nine of the 10 relay events.


The Bulldogs won one event outright on Friday and that was in the 300 yard Breaststroke Relay. The trio of Chole' Carr, Elizabeth Acker and Alessandra Troncoso finished in front of two teams from Gardner-Webb and VMI. They posted a time of 3:37.78


Asheville finished second in two other relay races. The Bulldogs came in second in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay and in the 400 yard Freestyle Relay.


In the 200, the team of Elizabeth Acker, Amanda Larsen, Alessandra Troncoso and Ashley Ireland posted a time of 1:36.74.


In the 400, the Bulldogs team consisted of Ashley Ireland, Eliza Ritchie, Hallie Gillespie and Amanda Larsen came in second at a time of 4:10.6  


 Asheville is back in action Saturday morning when the Bulldogs travel to Radford for an 11 a.m. dual meet.