Women's Swimming Breaks Two School Records on Day One of ACC Competition
Feb. 19, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 22 NC State women's swimming team opened the first day of the ACC Championships by setting a new school record in both the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"The ladies had an exciting start to the weekend," said head coach Braden Holloway. "Congratulations to the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay for breaking school records by hefty margins."
The quartet of Zina Grogg, Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic and Riki Bonnema combined to finish second overall in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:37.18, hitting an NCAA `A' standard. The Pack foursome topped the previous school record set last season of 1:38.52, while also finishing with a mark below the previous conference record of 1:37.33.
"The 200 medley relay going under the previous ACC record is just a great start to kick off the weekend," Holloway said. "They were loose, they were ready to go and they were excited. We're really proud of the way they competed."
The Pack also established a new school record in the 800 freestyle relay, as the team of Rachel Muller, Natalie Labonge, Addisynn Bursch and Hannah Freyman finished fourth overall in a time of 7:07.99. The mark meets the required time standard for an NCAA `B' cut and eclipses the previous school record set last season of 7:11.99. In addition, Muller's leadoff split of 1:46.37 ranks second all-time in the program record book in the 200 freestyle.
"In the 800 free relay, we put four new girls up there who didn't compete in the event last year and three of them are freshmen," Holloway said. "That was probably the most consistent 800 free relay we have done since this staff has been here. I am excited for the future of that relay and how much we can continue to improve, especially with three freshmen."
Through two events, the Wolfpack is tied for second with 108 points. Virginia (128) is leading the way, followed by UNC and NC State (108). Florida State and Notre Dame are tied for fourth with 102 points.
"It was a really good start for our team," Holloway stated. "We're very happy with it. The environment and attitudes were great. We just have to come in tomorrow and be ready to go right out of the gates."
State will return to action Thursday, Feb. 20 for day two of the ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m., and finals scheduled for 7 p.m. The Wolfpack men's divers will also be in action on the three-meter board at 1 p.m., while the women divers will compete on the one-meter board throughout the afternoon.