Women’s swimming dominates over UNC

Graphic: Jose Gil

Emily Arnold

The Georgia Southern University women’s swim team traveled to Asheville, NC, competed in 14 events and came out victorious over the University of North Carolina-Asheville with a final score of 157-90 this past Saturday.

This was the team’s first match since the Wingate Fall Frenzy that took place Nov. 21-23.

“We had some people in different events than what they normally swim,” Head Coach Nathan Kellogg said.  “It was just nice to see everybody kind of step up and race after about a month and a half off of racing.”

After starting the meet with a second place finish in the 400 yard medley relay, the Eagles swam their way to 10 first place finishes and rarely saw themselves outside of a top two position.

“We’ve been training pretty much non-stop [during the break],” Kellogg said.  “We weren’t really concerned with the actual times. It was more about diving off the blocks and racing the people from UNC Asheville.

Two Eagles scored themselves two first place finishes. Sophomore Kylee Parsons took home first place finishes in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle and junior Elaina Lanson also came out with first place finishes in the 50-yard backstroke and the 50-yard freestyle.

“I felt like we raced really well, especially toward the end in some of those close races and that was good to see,” Kellogg said.

Next up for the Eagles is their first home meet of the season against Radford University.

“We’re competing against Radford and they’re a conference opponent and obviously it’s always more comfortable to be at home,” Kellogg said. “We usually swim and compete very well at home so we’re definitely excited about that.”

Starting at noon on Jan. 18, the meet is to be held on campus at the Aquatics Center in the RAC.