Women's Swimming Concludes Day Three of ACC's
Feb. 21, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Alexia Zevnik claimed the silver medal in the 100 backstroke, as the No. 22 NC State women's swimming team was able to break four more school records at the ACC Championships on Friday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"Today was a little bit of an up and down day for the Wolfpack ladies," said head coach Braden Holloway. "We are in a good team race and every point counts."
After the third day of competition, State finds itself in fourth place with 659 points. Virginia (946.5) continues to lead, followed by North Carolina (767), Florida State (706.5), NC State (659) and Virginia Tech (619).
State started the evening by breaking the school record in the 400 medley relay, the squad's fourth school record in a relay event throughout the three days at the conference championships. The quartet of Zevnik, Kayla Brumbaum, Zina Grogg and Lotta Nevalainen combined to swim the event in a time of 3:35.79. That mark bests the previous school record of 3:36.45, while meeting the required time standard for an NCAA `B' cut.
"Good job by the 400 medley relay breaking the school record," Holloway stated. "We had three freshmen and one senior on that relay. So far we are 4-for-4 in breaking school records on the relays and we still have the 400 free relay tomorrow."
In the 400 individual medley, Hayley Tomlinson finished with a time of 4:16.18 in the `B' final to finish 11th overall, while senior Kelsey Liu competed in the same heat and tapped the wall in 4:18.83 to finish 15th overall. Each student-athlete met the required time standard for an NCAA `B' cut. Addisynn Bursch claimed first in the `C' final with a time of 4:20.41 to finish 17th overall.
Grogg, a senior from Moon Township, Pa., finished fourth overall in the 100 butterfly and was able to break her own school record with a time of 53.36. She set the previous mark of 53.50 last season. Natalie Labonge placed 11th with a time of 53.92, while Lydia Jones (54.27) finished 15th and Ashlyn Koletic (54.33) finished 16th overall. Also scoring points for State in the finals was Anne Leuthold, who finished 18th with a time of 53.91.
"Congrats to Zina Grogg on breaking the 100 fly school record," Holloway said. "It was a good way to close out her 100 fly career at ACC's"
Rachel Muller competed in the finals of the 200 freestyle, as she finished 15th overall with a time of 1:47.86.
Two Wolfpackers scored points in the 100 breaststroke finals, as Brumbaum finished 10th with a time of 1:01.35 to establish a new program record. Her time bettered the previous mark of 1:01.79 set last season. Lauren Poli, who previously held the school record, finished 13th with a time of 1:01.59. Each clocking in the event meets the required time for an NCAA `B' cut.
"Congratulations to Kayla Brumbaum," Hoolloway said. "Kayla is just a freshman and she will continue to improve for us."
In the morning preliminaries, Zevnik eclipsed the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.65, before capturing the silver medal in the 'A' final with a time of 52.85. The previous record of 52.93 was set last season by Grogg, who finished fourth overall in this years final with a 53.29 clocking.
"The 100 back was a big event for us to accumulate all the points we could," Holloway stated. "Congratulations to Alexia Zevnik on her silver medal and her school record in the prelims.
"I'm very proud of Zina [Grogg] and Ashlyn [Koletic]. They competed in the 100 fly and the 100 back today and scored some good points for us."
In the men's one-meter diving, Grant Saale finished 20th with a score of 313.80.
The Pack will conclude the ACC Championships on Saturday, Feb. 22 with preliminaries set for 11 a.m., and finals set to begin at 7 p.m.