The UNC Asheville women's swim team ended its first season in 36 years in style with an exciting 105-90 victory over North Carolina A&T before a standing room crowd only at Justice Center Pool Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs (3-6) with just eight swimmers were able to defeat the Aggies with first-place finishes in eight of 11 events. Galen Broido, Ashley Ireland and Alessandra Troncoso each won two different events for the Blue & White.
Broido picked up a win in the 1000 yards Freestyle with a time of 10:41. Later in the day, the freshman was first in the 100 yard Backstroke as she posted a time of 1:01.69.
Ireland electrified the packed crowd with an exciting win in the 100 yard Butterfly. She came in first with a time of 1:02.24, followed by teammate Elizabeth Acker at 1:05.66.
Troncoso won the 100 yard Freestyle by posting a time of 55.05. She also won the 100 yard Breaststroke at 1:04.69.
Kristen Lawson came up with a win in the 400 Individual Medley by having a time of 5:05.30. Acker earned another second place finish with a time of 5:19.
The Bulldogs put an exclamation point on the win with a victory in the final event of the day in the 400 Freestyle Relay as they had a time of 3:46. The relay team consisted of Ireland, Eliza Ritchie, Broido and Troncoso.
The Aggies took first place in the 400-yard medley relay with a 4:24.22 behind the team of Miranda Jacobs, Danielle Jackson, Lauren Bowling and Niya Ross. The Aggies also took first place in the 200 free with a 2:11.94 by junior Christian Hill. Ross captured first place in the 500 free with a 5:55.50 finish.
Junior Sarah Simmons posted a career-best with a 1:52.96 in the 100 fly, while junior Courtney Jefferson also posted a career-best with a 7:06.07 in the 500 free event.
The Aggies also had a number of second and third place finishes on Saturday evening. Hill was second in 500 free, clocking in at 5:58.16. Freshman Kenya Dunn took second place in the 100 free with a 57.79. Freshman Victoria Orr swam the 100 backstroke in a season-best 1:16.81. Jackson was second in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:14.68.
Bowling was third in the 200 free with a 2:20.58, while freshman Jacobs was third in the 50 free with a season-best 26.39. Ross finished the 400 IM in 5:34.11 for third place. Miles swam a 1:30.07 in the 100 backstroke for third place.
The Aggies (2-22, 0-6 CCSA) will compete in their final meet of the regular season on Feb. 2 at the Davidson Invitational. A&T will then have a two-week break until competing in the CCSA Championships from Feb. 21-23 in Athens, Ga.