Linkenauger, Smith Break More Records at ACC's
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Anna Linkenauger and Erica Smith continued to chip away at the NC State record books on Friday, Feb. 20 during the third day of competition at the ACC Championships. Several other all-time top-10 times were recorded as the Pack put up another strong body of work.
Linkenauger broke her second school record in as many days by smashing the 400 IM top time by nearly 2 seconds. After swimming a 4:18.27 in the prelims, Linkenauger took seventh in the finals with a 4:18.04, topping Jennifer Kopenitz’s 4:20.91 from last year. Kopenitz herself posted the second fastest time in school history with a 4:19.90 in the prelims, later placing eighth in the finals on a 4:23.95. Jessica Ward’s 4:22.13 is also the new fourth best mark ever. Maresa Like-Mathews (4:29.89), Taryn Shelley (4:30.68), Sarah Merritt (4:31.53) and Jessica McBroom (4:32.01) also swam the event.
Smith broke a record she set just months ago in the 100 backstroke prelims, putting up an astounding 54.03, which also stands as an NCAA “B” cut qualifier. She later placed seventh in the finals on a 54.24. Also in the prelims, Brianna Grover (57.30) and Katie Robinson (57.73) posted the fifth and eighth best times in school history respectively, while Patrice Dason (57.97) and Morgan Robertson (58.86) also took part.
Dason’s 55.15 in the 100 butterfly prelims was only eclipsed by her 55.11 in the consolation finals, marking the second fastest swim in school history and the quickest on the year. Meg Thompson added a 55.20, the third quickest in school history and fastest this season, while Robertson (58.35) and Katie Robinson (59.48) added strong showings of their own.
Lucy Lindsey offered the fourth best showing ever in the 200 freestyle with a 1:50.30, while Ashley Richter posted a 1:51.63 and Grover contributed a 1:51.95.
Thompson was again solid in the 100 breaststroke, clocking in with a 1:05.05, good for ninth best in the Wolfpack records books. Ward (1:05.49) and Jessica Stewart (1:07.34) also came up strong.
In diving, Austin Hampton grabbed fifth overall in the 1-meter dive with a 342.60, while Alex Dambly (300.85) and Scott Blackwelder (272.45) competed in the prelims. Blackwelder’s dive is third best on the team this year.
Kristin Davies put up a 281.25 and Chelsea Ale offered a 247.65 in the 3-meter board.
Action will come to a close at the ACC Championships tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 21.