Wolfpack Women Start Strong at NCAA Championships
March 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The NC State women's swimming team broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay on Thursday at the NCAA Championships.
"Congratulations on a good first day from our ladies and getting on the board," said head coach Braden Holloway. "Our goal coming in was to create as many opportunities as we could to score points at night and the girls did a good job.
The Pack posted a 10th place performance in the 200 freestyle, as Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic, Natalie Labonge and Riki Bonnema teamed up to post a finals time of 1:28.16. Their time in the event betters the previous school record of 1:28.33 set during the morning preliminaries and also stands as an ACC record. With the 10th-place finish, the quartet earns honorable mention All-American honors.
"Hats off to the 200 free relay on breaking the conference record and breaking it again at night," Holloway said. "They're also the first All-Americans on the swimming side since 1985 which is a huge accomplishment for our program."
In the 400 medley relay, the team of Alexia Zevnik, Kayla Brumbaum, Zina Grogg and Lotta Nevalainen posted a school record time of 3:35.51 in the preliminaries. The quartet bettered the previous school record of 3:35.79 set last month at the ACC Championships and finished 19th.
In the 50 free, Bonnema, an ACC silver medalist, finished 23rd overall with a time of 22.29, while Nevalainen tapped the wall in 22.61 to finish 38th.
"We're looking for a great opportunity to score points tomorrow," Holloway said.
Action will resume at the 2014 NCAA Championships on Friday with preliminaries set to begin at 11 a.m. and finals to start at 7 p.m.