Women's Swimming and Diving Midseason Break
The NC State women’s swimming and diving team (3-4 overall, 0-3 ACC) is taking time off for exams before hitting the pool for its annual midseason training event in preparation for the second half of the season. The women’s team is bolstered by its veteran leadership and an influx of youth in the pool and on the diving boards.
The divers have been a boost for the Wolfpack this season with the emergence of junior Natalie Swisher and the talents of a pair of freshmen divers. Swisher is fourth in the 1-meter and 10th in the 3-meter for the Wolfpack.
Freshman Emily Cheffins has been outstanding, as she leads the conference in the 1-meter boards and is seventh in the 3-meter. Fellow newcomer Chelsea Ale is third in the 1-meter and ninth in the 3-meter.
A familiar name to Wolfpack swimming fans, Lindsay Barwegen continues to have an outstanding career as one of the top distance swimmers in the ACC. Barwegen is currently ranked among the ACC top-10 for the 1650 freestyle.
Two freshmen swimmers round out the top-10 performers for the Wolfpack in the conference, with Anna Linkenauger holding the sixth fastest time in the 400 IM and Patrice Dason capturing eighth in the 100 butterfly.
Senior Kerry Whitson and Barwegen have combined to hold the Wolfpack’s top-time in all of the freestyle events, as Whitson is the team leader in the 50, 100 and 200 while Barwegen holds the top spot in the 500, 1000 and 1650.
Erica Smith is the team leader in the 100 backstroke, while Linkenauger is tops on the team in the 200 back. Linkenauger also holds the top times in the 200 IM and the 400 IM, as well as the second best in the 200 breast and third fastest in the 100 breast.
Freshman Jessica Stewart is tops on the team in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and sophomore Kathryn Creech is the team leader in the 200 butterfly for the Pack.