Swimming and Diving Season Highlights
Barton Tri Meet
The UNCP swimming team registered the most lopsided triumph in program history on Oct. 21 at the Barton Tri-Meet at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount, N.C.
A dozen swimmers recorded new personal best times and set five school records in a 136-5 victory over William Peace. However, the host Barton later dominated the Braves by a final score of 141-49.
Freshman Abigail Wood posted up her fourth win in an event of the season in the 100- yard backstroke in a time of 1:03.99. She also broke a school record in the 100-yard butterfly by finishing in 1:04.14, which resulted in a runner-up finish.
The UNCP swimming squad finished first in seven of the 11 events on Oct. 28th at the Greensboro Meet and cruised to four victories over host Greensboro, Guilford, LaGrange and Randolph by a staggering combined score of 509-107.
The Braves improved to 5-2 on the season and recorded multiple victories on the same day for the first time in program history. The Black and Gold got off to a swift start by winning the day’s first event, the 200-yard medley relay.
The fearsome foursome of Abigail Wood, Selena Rodriguez, Sonyaliz Goveo and Victoria Brousseau finished the event in 1:55.08. Freshman Megan Hunter notched the team’s second win of the day in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.44, and she also picked up her second first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with 5:51.95.
Wood won two individual events to give her a team-high six on the year. Wood won the 100- yard butterfly in 1:05.06 and finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.87.
Sweet Briar Tri Meet
A program-record win streak was extended to nine on Nov. 4 as the UNCP swimming team knocked off host Sweet Briar 158-65 before just edging out Pfeiffer 117-112 at the Prothro Natatorium in Sweet Briar, Virginia.
The Braves won six of the 14 events, including four individual and two relays, as well as notching runner-up finishes 10 times. Senior Sonayliz Goveo secured a pair of victories on the day, both in the 200-meter freestyle with 2:34.08 and the 50-meter freestyle in 31.09 to pick up nine points in each event for the Black and Gold, as the native of Hope Mills, N.C. finished second in the 200-meter individual medley in 3:02.27.
Abigail Wood won a team best eighth win of the season in the 100-meter backstroke as the freshman beat her opponents by over 17 seconds. She also notched a pair of second-place finishes in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:44.81 and the 100-meter butterfly in 1:15.83 and was less than four seconds out of a first-place finish in each race.
Megan Hunter won the longest event of the day in the 800-meter freestyle by over a minute as the freshman finished in 10:24.65 and had a second-place finish in 11:38.03. Hunter also recorded a runner-up finish in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:15.83.
St. Andrews Tri Meet
In pursuit of win number 10 in just its second season, the UNC Pembroke swimming team did one better by knocking off Warren Wilson and host St. Andrews for wins 10 and 11 on Jan. 26 at the O’Herron Pool in Laurinburg, N.C.
The wins brought an end to a three-dual losing streak for the Braves, who beat Warren Wilson 124-31 and blew past St. Andrews by a score of 112-43. The Black and Gold won 8 of the 11 events and finished first or second in 10 races to improve to 11-5 this season.
The Braves not only notched a pair of wins, they also witnessed three program records fall and six new career bests set. Two of the school records were broken in dominating fashion by freshman Megan Hunter, who cruised by the previous 200-yard freestyle mark by over 10 seconds with a time of 2:07.73.
The Chesterfield, Virginia, native also broke a program record in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.31, which was also more than 10 seconds better than the previous record holder.