- October 21, 2017
- Meet Results
- UNC Wilmington 138, UNC Asheville 123
Courtesy of UNC Wilmington Athletics
UNCW won the final two events outscoring UNCA, 26-10, to rally for a 138-123 win over the Bulldogs in women’s swimming action on Saturday at the Justice Center Pool.
The Seahawks improved to 3-1 with their third straight win while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-2.
UNCW returns to action on Oct. 28 when both programs head to Greenville for a 1 p.m. start against East Carolina at Minges Natatorium.
Courtesy of UNC Asheville Athletics
The UNC Asheville swimming team was leading by one point heading into the final event, but UNC Wilmington claimed two of the top three spots in the final race to claim the 138-123 victory on Saturday inside the Justice Center Pool.
The Bulldogs found themselves ahead going into the final event as they were ahead 113-112 with only the 200 yard freestyle relay remaining. However, the Seahawks claimed first and third place to take home the team victory.
Despite the 15-point defeat, it was the closest meet this year in team points and the smallest margin of defeat ever versus UNC Wilmington. The Seahawks defeated the Bulldogs 204-89 (115-point difference) last season, so UNC Asheville made a 100-point improvement from 2016.
Highlighting the meet for the Bulldogs was their seven first place finishes in the 14 total events. Junior Morgan Rulevich paced the team as she won four races – 400 medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.
Joining the Lake Wylie, S.C. native in the 400 medley relay was Stephanie Smith, Catherine Allen and Alejandra Sanchez Garcia as they clocked in at 3:56.46, which was nearly six and a half seconds faster than second place.
Emily Werth earned a first place finish in the 100 backstroke as she downed the competition by over a second to give the Bulldogs nine team points.
Another highlight for the Bulldogs was in the 200 backstroke as three Bulldogs swept the top three spots. Sanchez Garcia took first while Smith and Werth placed second and third respectively in a tight race.
“Today’s meet was awesome! Although we finished the meet with a 15-point loss, the team put forth an incredible effort. We had outstanding races in every event and managed to win half of the meet’s races.”
“I want to give a huge shoutout to the following:
- Rulevich for winning four races – 400 medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke)
- Placing first in in the 1000 freestyle was Rogan followed by Weller
- A first place in 100 backstroke for Werth
- Then a team sweep of the 200 backstroke by Sanchez Garcia, Smith and Werth”
“I could not be more proud of the effort and excitement this team displayed today.”
– Head Swimming Coach Elizabeth Lykins –
The Bulldogs will return to the Justice Center Pool on Saturday, Oct. 28 as they host CCSA rival Georgia Southern. The first event will begin at 1 p.m.