Swim & Dive Dominates Gardner-Webb
RALEIGH N.C. Both NC State men and women’s swimming and diving teams toppled Gardner-Webb at Casey Natatorium on Friday, Jan. 18. The men (4-1, 1-1 ACC) downed the Bulldogs 167-59, while the women (3-3, 0-2 ACC) grabbed a 146-72 decision.
Erica Smith, Anna Linkenauger, Patrice Dason and Ashley Ritcher took first in the 200-medley relay (1:47.89), while Maresa Like-Mathews (1st, 4:30.25), Sarah Merritt (2nd, 4:33.55) and Jessica Ward (3rd, 4:35.84) followed by picking up the top-three spots in the 400-IM. Jennifer Kopenitz then won the 200-free on a 1:55.87, while Ritcher (24.71) and Lucy Lindsey (25.15) finished first and second respectively in the 50-free.
Dason claimed the 200-IM with a 2:11.24, while Kathryn Creech (2:13.56) and Jessica Stewart (2:14.21) took second and third. Linkenauger (58.65) and Brianna Grover (59.16) took one and two in the 100-butter, and Ritcher (52.94) and Amanda Panty (55.06) finished in a similar fashion in the 100-free. Smith won the 100-back with a 58.94, while Dason followed on a 59.85. Kopenitz grabbed another first-place time thanks to a 5:07.43 in the 500-free.
Chelsea Ale won both the 3-meter (258.53) and 1-meter (303.83).
A 1:33.82 was good enough for first in the 200-medley relay for Stephen Mellor, Jack Roney, Taylor Goodwin and Dan Glauber. Mason McGee (4:05.60), Danny Voss (4:15.02) and Cole Yarborough (4:17.17) took one-two-three in the 400-IM, while Mellor won the 200-free with a 1:42.78. State swept the top-three positions again in both the 50-free (Crowder 21.90, Lee 22.12 and Ernst 22.32) and 200-IM (Kevin Woodhull-Smith 1:54.05, Roney 2:00.00, Dan Forsythe 2:00.46).
McGee won again in the 100-free with a 47.58, as Travis Martinez (47.74) took second. In the 100-butter Woodhull-Smith won out with a 52.07 and Ernst placed second with a 52.38. Goodwin (52.63) won the 100-back, and Yarborough (4:45.72) was tops in the 500-free.
Alex Dambly claimed the 1-meter on a 312:20, and Austin Hampton used a 329.25 to take first in the 3-meter.
Both NC State men and women’s swimming and diving will return to the pool tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 19, taking on the Clemson Tigers. Action is slated to begin at 11 a.m. at Casey Natatorium. The Pack’s seniors will be recognized around 10 minutes prior to the meet, before taking to the water in their final event on the NC State campus.