Women's Swimming Breaks Three School Records on Day One of ACCs
Feb. 20, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NC State women's swimming team started the 2013 ACC Championships in grand style, breaking the school records in the 200-medley relay and 800 freestyle relay on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Wolfpack finished third in both events and is currently tied for third place in the team standings with 64 points, after the first day of competition.
"Awesome start for the Wolfpack women," said head coach Braden Holloway. "It was a very electric and exciting night. The women raced hard and got our program off to a good start."
Hannah Freyman, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Riki Bonnema finished with a time of 1:38.52 in the 200-medley relay, breaking the previous school record (1:41.12). The time was also good for an NCAA B standard, narrowly missing an NCAA A standard (1:38.42).
"The 200-medley relay really set the tone for us tonight," said Holloway, "After finishing seventh last year, the ladies stepped up and had an amazing race to finish third and break the school record by more than two seconds."
In the 800 freestyle relay, Marifrances Henley, Julianna Prim, Mariah Hamil and Kristin Connors teamed up to stop the clock at 7:11.99, hitting a NCAA B Standard. Henley, a senior from Memphis, Tenn., broke her own school record in the 200 freestyle with her leadoff split time of 1:46.74, topping her previous mark of 1:47.00.
"It was great to see two school records broken in the 800 freestyle relay," Holloway added. "The girls shaved another three seconds off the previous record of 7:14.79. The ladies have worked hard this year and we look forward to building off of a great start."
ACC Championship action will resume on Thursday, Feb. 21, with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m., followed by finals starting at 5 p.m. in the Greensboro Aquatic Center. A free web stream of the 7 p.m. finals session will be available on the ACC Digital Network.