Women's Swimming Raises the Bar at 2014 ACC Championships
Feb. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 22 NC State women’s swimming team concluded the 2014 ACC swimming & diving championships over the weekend and posted impressive results throughout the competition, breaking numerous school records and claiming five medals (1 gold, 4 silver). The team also had five members garner All-ACC accolades with sophomore Riki Bonnema earning the honor in the 200 free relay and the 50 freestyle to lead the squad.
The Pack enjoyed substantial success in the relay events, where the team set five school records and garnered three medals in the five relay events. State captured the gold medal in the 200 freestyle relay on Friday with a new ACC Championship meet record time of 1:28.71, while also taking the silver in the 400 freestyle relay (3:14.96) and the 200 medley relay (7:07.99). In addition, the Wolfpack established a school record in the 800 free relay (7:07.99) and 400 medley relay (3:35.79).
Throughout the four-day competition, the squad posted 15 school records, highlighted by breaking the school record in all five relays contested for the third consecutive season. In addition, the program finished with 64 swims inside the top 10 all-time marks. In the team standings, the Wolfpack improved upon last season’s fifth-place finish to claim fourth overall, marking the highest team finish in the Braden Holloway era for the women’s squad.
In its final season competing in the ACC Championships, the senior class combined to set two school records in individual events and was part of two relay teams that eclipsed program records. Zina Grogg was part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that set a school record, while besting her previous top time in the 100 butterfly (53.50) with a swim of 53.36. Meanwhile, Kelsey Liu broke her own school record in the finals of the 200 breaststroke with a 2:14.09 clocking.
The future of the program appears to be in good hands after all seven freshmen to compete in the meet hold school records on relay teams or individual events. Each of the seven freshmen to compete at the championships posted times better than previous school records in individual events, with six of the freshmen leaving the Greensboro Aquatic Center holding the school record.
Alexia Zevnik set a school record in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.65, before capturing the silver medal in the finals session. She also was part of the record setting performance of the 400 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay teams.
Natalie Labonge, a product of Greensboro, N.C., was part of the Wolfpack’s 200 freestyle relay team that posted an ACC record time of 1:29.21 to capture the gold medal for the second straight year. She also closed the meet in style on the 400 free relay team, as the quartet of Labonge, Zevnik, Lotta Nevalainen and Bonnema captured the silver medal in a program record time of 3:14.96. In that 400 free relay, Labonge’s lead-off split of 48.93 eclipsed the previous school record of 48.99 in the 100 freestyle.
Other first-year student-athletes to post school records during the 2014 championships, include Rachel Muller (500 freestyle), Addisynn Bursch (200 IM), Lydia Jones (200 butterfly) and Kayla Brumbaum (100 breast).
Each school record that was set throughout the week is posted below, along with the squad’s five All-ACC performers.
The men’s swimming team will be in action from Feb. 26-March 1 at the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Individual Event Records:
()- previous school record