School Records Fall as Women's Swimming Begins ACC's
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Two school records were smashed by new times as the NC State women’s swimming team hit the pool for a thrilling first day of action at the ACC Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 18. New benchmarks were established in both events that were held on the day, the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.
“Any time you start a meet with two new school records you know that your team is ready to go,” said head coach Brooks Teal. “It’s fun to start with two relays and swim fast. The girls are swimming fast and competing with great confidence and intensity. We had some amazing splits on both relays, and we are really excited about what the next few days may hold for us.”
Erica Smith, Anna Linkenauger, Patrice Dason and Ashley Richter got things started with a 142.08 in the 200 medley relay, topping a 28-year old school record. The previous best, 1:43.80, was set in 1981 by Patti Pippin, Patty Waters, Beth Harrell and Debby Campbell.
Dason (24.15) and Richter (22.84) swam incredible splits to help clinch the record-setting occasion after Smith (25.79) and Linkenauger (29.30) paved the way with a solid start.
Linkenauger, Lucy Lindsey, Richter and Jen Kopenitz kept things going by setting another milestone in the 800 freestyle relay with a 723.95. That improves upon the previous hallmark of 7:24.66 set in 1982 by Amy Lepping, Kelly Parker, Doreen Kase and Beth Emery.
Lindsey led the way in the 800 freestyle relay with an astonishing 1:48.81 split during the second leg of the race. Strong showings from Richter (1:51.07), Kopenitz (1:51.57) and Smith (1:52.50) were equally important.
State’s relays placed eighth overall in the 200 medley relay, and ninth overall in the 800 freestyle relay.
The Pack stands in eighth-place with 40 total points following the first day of competition. Action will resume tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, with prelims beginning at 11 a.m.