Women's Swimming Claims Gold in 200 Freestyle Relay
Feb. 20, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The No. 22 NC State women's swimming & diving team set five school records throughout the day on day two of the ACC Championships on Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"Great job tonight by the Wolfpack ladies," said Braden Holloway. "I can't remember the last time we were in this position after two days of this meet. We had a good day and we scored some points in every area. Every event today on the swimming side resulted in a school record."
Through two days of action, the Pack remains in second place in the team standings with 362 points. Virginia leads the meet with 516 points, followed by NC State (362), Florida State (357), North Carolina (346) and Virginia Tech (273).
The Pack opened the evening session by capturing the gold medal for the second straight year and breaking the ACC and school records in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic, Natalie Labonge and Riki Bonnema combined to swim the event in 1:28.71. The time broke the previous ACC record of 1:29.21, while also eclipsing the school record of 1:29.60. The time met the required time standard for an NCAA `A' cut.
"Hats off to the 200 free relay," Holloway said. "They are back-to-back champions and they have put a lot of work into that relay. Hats off to those ladies for executing and working extremely hard."
Rachel Muller broke the school record two times throughout the day in the 500 freestyle. She would first break the previous mark of 4:47.94 in the morning preliminaries with a time of 4:47.32, before coming back in the finals to break the record again with a time of 4:46.97. She finished 10th in the finals, while Kristin Connors placed 14th in the finals with a time of 4:49.08.
"Awesome job by the 500 free to score some points," Holloway stated. "Rachel Muller broke the school record in the morning and at night."
Addisynn Bursch eclipsed the program record of 2:01.46 in the preliminaries of the 200 individual medley, tapping the wall in a time of 1:59.49. In the finals Alexia Zevnik placed 11th overall with a time of 1:59.99, while Bursch recorded a 12th place finish with a finals time of 2:00.04.
"Having two freshmen go under two minutes in the 200 IM shows a lot about our future," Holloway said.
The Pack posted strong results in the 50 freestyle, as the squad qualified four swimmers for the `A' final. Bonnema captured the silver medal in the event after breaking her own school record set last season of 22.43 with a time of 22.16. In addition, Labonge (22.54) finished sixth, Koletic (22.70) finished seventh and Poli (22.73) finished eighth.
"The 50 free is one of our best events and to put six girls in scoring position in the `A' and `B' final was great," Holloway stated. "Congratulations to Riki on breaking the school record and winning the silver medal."
In men's diving, freshman Grant Saale finished with a score of 352.80 in the preliminaries to finish 11th.
The Pack women's squad will be back in action on Friday, with preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m. and finals to start at 7 p.m. In addition, The Pack men's and women's divers will compete throughout the afternoon.