UNCW Women Lose to Campbell On Final Relay in Bobby Guntoro’s Debut

Campbell v. UNCW

  • Seahawk Natatorium, Wilmington, NC
  • Dual Meet Format
  • SCY
  • January 30, 2021
  • Full Results

In a nail-biter of a meet, the Campbell Camels just overcame the UNCW Seahawks in new UNCW head coach Bobby Guntoros debut.

The Seahawks opened up the competition with with a 1:46.80 win in the 200 medley relay, highlighted by Evan Arsenault‘s 23.09 anchor leg, almost a second faster than any of Campbell’s anchors.

The schools would continue to duel it out from there, evenly splitting the first six individual events, before the break. UNCW edged ahead in terms of wins, taking four of the six individual events in the second half, but with only 13 women racing, UNCW couldn’t match Campbell in terms of depth.

Campbell went into the final relay, the 200 free, by three points, and they hung on to win that event, and the meet, by a scant 0.14s, touching in 1:36.39 to UNCW’s 1:36.55.

Guntoro, formerly the associate head coach at NC State and a UNCW alum, took over the Seahawks’ program last summer after Jason Demont was terminated after six seasons. While a quick glance at the times don’t show an immediately burst of speed under the new staff, UNCW has only been back training for ten days, and the team was down 13 swimmers for today’s meet, with ten of them being freshmen. It wasn’t immediately clear why nearly half the UNCW was absent. Back in October, a cluster of seven cases was linked to the team, but we haven’t seen any similar announcement recently.

Campbell has looked fairly solid this season, having won the Liberty Invite in November and currently projected to finish 4th at the CSCAA Championships. Five different individual swimmers each accounted for the Camels’ five individual wins. UNCW, meanwhile, got double wins from three swimmers, including two of the three non-freshmen competing.

Courtesy of UNCW Sports

Campbell Release

WILMINGTON, NC – Five individual winners and a dramatic finish in the day’s final event, the 200 free relay, helped push the Camels (2-3-1) to their first win of the spring in a 137-125 win over UNC Wilmington (0-1).

With the meet on the line and the Camels ahead by only three points, it was essentially a winner-take-all race in the 200 free relay. Trailing slightly, Colleen Renshaw hit the water in the anchor leg with work to do. She overtook the UNCW anchor and secured the win in the event and the meet with a time of 1:36.39. (You can check out the footage from that race HERE)

The first win of the day came in the 200 free when Annie Sanchez posted a 1:53.61, over a more than a full second ahead of second place.

Izza Gaskey had a dramatic finish of her own in the 100 breast, touching only 0.01 ahead of second place, with a time of 1:08.58.

The ensuing event, the 200 fly, was a clean sweep for the Camels. Simone Palomo touched first at 2:07.50, followed by Skyler DeWall at 2:11.73  and Lauren Shoemaker at 2:14.40.

The next win came in the 200 breast, with Maria Kristjansdottir and Gaskey going 1-2 with respective times of 2:25.98 and 2:27.75.

With the score close, Maialen Sudpue edged second place by 0.14 seconds for the win while Kristine Mikkelson grabbed third in the 200 IM. That result put Campbell ahead by three prior to that final 200 free relay.

In addition to the five indivual winners, the Campbell took two of the top three spots in eight different events on the day.

Campbell returns to action this Friday night at 5 pm at home to take on UNC Pembroke. That will be the Camels final tune up ahead of the CCSA meet February 14-17.

Keep following @GoCamelsSwim on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest about the team.

UNCW Release

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Needing to win the 200 Free Relay in the final race of the meet, UNCW was edged by Campbell for the event win and meet win, 137-125, on Saturday at the Seahawk Natatorium.

The Camels (2-3-1) fended off the come-from-behind effort by the Seahawks, touching the wall with a time of 1:36.99, .16 seconds ahead of UNCW in its season opener.

Sophomore Mary Grace Copeland and Evan Arsenault both won two events and swam on the winning 200 Medley Relay for the Seahawks. Copeland swept the Backstroke events while Arsenault did so in the 50 and 100 Freestyles.

Sophomore Tink Niebel captured the 200 Fly and also swam a leg on the winning 200 Medley Relay.

Freshman Sophia Landeryou added a UNCW sweep of the 500 and 1000 Freestyles.

The Seahawks return to the pool on Feb. 6 with a diving only meet at Duke.

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4 months ago

I’d like to know what the current team has to say about Bobby’s attitude. Something tells me this is very very fake and things in Wilmington aren’t as rosy as he’d like us to believe.

Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

Lol you know nothing

Reply to  Scoobysnak
4 months ago

It seems I must know more than you. Go ask the athletes at UNCW how they feel.

Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

here we go again. More so called disgruntled swimmers. Bobby G, just clean out the ones who don’t want to be there and keep the ones who do and want to work.

Reply to  Breezeway
4 months ago

Swimswam needs to add a clown emote just for you.

Reply to  Huh
4 months ago


Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

Ask all head coaches about their 1st year. Nothing “rosy” about building a great program on year 1 lol. Ask Braden Holloway about his 1st year at NC State.

Reply to  Swimmin365
4 months ago

Lol exactly. Holloway brought a whopping like 17 athletes to mens ACCs his first year, because thats who remained on the team after many were dropped, cut or quit. Its always rough first year as a programs new head coach (less so if its a current associate head stepping up)

Samuli Hirsi
Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

“You know nothing, Jon Snow” ….. to be good college coach you need to be salesman, plaster over problems and buy PS5 to athletes lounge…. You cannot have everything, this is the system you have built.

Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

It’s very clear the future of this program is bright. The first year for a head coach will always have its challenges, especially with upperclassmen who are being held to new standards and expectations.

Reply to  PG3
4 months ago

Coming from one of sixteen retirees this past semester, it hurt to have my college career brought to an end by the belittlement of the new coaching staff. As an upperclassmen, I can understand how the new coaches and myself would not see eye to eye, but losing sixteen athletes because of failure to work with us as advertised has been an unfortunate end to all of our careers.

Reply to  Retiree
4 months ago

Imagine getting gifted with one of the best coaches in the country and being too lazy and weak of mind to realize it. Yikes.

The “retirees” should be embarrassed.

Reply to  Imagine
4 months ago

Ok, if he’s really one of the best coaches in the country, I’d think he’d have the ability to get along with and sell himself to the athletes in front of him. Maybe he’s just a bad coach who was gifted some of the best athletes in the country and workouts from one of the best coaches.

You know nothing
Reply to  Imagine
4 months ago

One of the best coaches… cmon… did you swim for him? .. no. Being a great coach, let alone one of the best in the country, takes a LOT MORE than in water swimming knowledge

Jebron Lames
4 months ago

Swimswam with the fiery and scandalous title

Reply to  Jebron Lames
4 months ago

Only in swimming is declaring one team a winning team and one team a losing team “fiery and scandalous.”

This is why nobody watches swimming.

Reply to  swimfun
4 months ago

I mean it can be objectively boring as well

4 months ago

no, actually, only 8 of the freshmen are swimmers. the other 2/10 are divers and god forbid the points they scored get counted

Reply to  swimmyfish123
4 months ago

and 2 of those freshmen didn’t swim as well