The starting gun sounded and North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams sped off to the races last Friday with their first meet of the season.
At the Virginia Tech Annual Margaret Soulen Gilbert Breast Cancer Awareness Swim/Dive Meet, the UNC men’s team split its events, defeating the Virginia Military Institute while losing to Virginia Tech. The women’s team swept all four of its events against Radford, Liberty, Virginia Tech, and James Madison.
“Its’ a tale of two stories really,” said coach Rich DeSelm. “Our women’s team and men’s team had two different outcomes, so it’s difficult to really talk about both in the same vein, but it’s always great to get started (with the season).”
The women’s team won 12 of the 19 events, while the men won eight of their 19. Both senior Stephanie Peacock and sophomore Emma Nunn won two events, with Peacock taking first in both the 1000 and 500-yard freestyle, as well as anchoring both the winning 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays. Nunn took first in the 200-yard fly and 400-yard individual medley.
Sophomore Ally Hardesty turned in a stellar performance as well. She finished with a career best time of 1:48.91 in the 200-yard freestyle and won the 100-yard freestyle.