W. Swimming & Diving Opens Season with Pair of Wins
The NC State women's swimming and diving team opened the 2006-07 season in impressive fashion with a pair of wins over visiting Campbell and Gardner-Webb on Friday night at the Casey Aquatics Center. The Wolfpack downed Campbell by a score of 164-51 and defeated Gardner-Webb, 125-90. Some usual suspects (Kerry Whitson, Martha Marino and Melissa Jamerino) were joined by the young guns (Chelsea Ale, Emily Cheffins and Patrice Dason) in winning events on the evening that got started off right with a win in the 200 medley relay as the team of Erica Smith, Sarah Merritt, Dason and Jamerino turned in a winning time of 1:48.87.
From there it was all Wolfpack. With distance specialist Lindsay Barwegen sitting this one out, NC State still made it a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1,000 freestyle event. Cranston won the event in 10:27.65 and a pair of freshmen, Maresa Like-Mathews (10:28.05) and Anna Linkenauger (10:33.70), completed the sweep.
Whitson won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:53.20 in her specialty event. Whitson was named all-ACC after finishing third in the event in the ACC Championships. Kathryn Pegg finished third in the event for the Wolfpack.
Jamerino won the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.61, and Linkenauger (2:08.23), Merritt (2:10.31) and Barwegen (2:10.31) finished 2-3-4 in the 200 IM.
Freshman diver Emily Cheffins won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 291.15.
Marino won the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.88 and Pegg turned in her second top-3 performance of the night with a third place finish.
In event 8, another 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 freestyle pushed the Wolfpack to a commanding lead as Dason (54.11), Jamerino (54.22) and Kathryn Creech (55.28).
In the 100 backstroke, Erica Smith finished second and Alli Hagan finished third. Lucy Lindsey finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:06.65.
With the Wolfpack up by a large margin, NC State swam the remaining two events, the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 freestyle relay as exhibitions. Merritt (1:07.38) and Jessica Stewart (1:07.84) would have finished 1-2 in the event had their times counted in the standings.
In the 1-meter diving event, freshman Chelsea Ale won the event with a score of 302.7 and junior Natalie Swisher came in second at 300.975.
NC State will now hit the road until returning home on January 13 to kick off the spring season in a meet with South Carolina.