First-year Emily Grund qualified for all three diving events after a strong performance in the NCAA Zone B Championships last week. She was able to crack the top 25 for her performance in the three meter, finishing 22nd with an overall score of 298.65. She also placed 33rd in the one meter, and 40th place in the platform.
Junior Bryana Cameron was able to finish among the top-20 in the 300 yard butterfly prelims. She placed tied for 19th with time of 1:55.92, which was only 3 seconds off her seed time. She was only three spots away from getting into the finals.
The Tar Heels finished the weekend in 42nd place, placing ahead of one other team.
Who stood out?
The 200 yard freestyle relay put together a great prelim race. Fields, Brauer, Hauder, and Countie were able to earn a spot in the finals with a chance to earn points for their team. While they only got two points, they have to be pleased with their performance; their time was 0.8 seconds faster than their seed time.
When was it decided?
The 200 yard freestyle relay performance was a great moment for the whole team. All four swimmers gave it their all and were rewarded with a season best, a good memory to build on for next season.
Why does it matter?
This was the last NCAA competition of the season for the Tar Heels, so they wanted to end their season on a high note. While this has not been the season they may have hoped for, the strong relay performance in the championship bodes well for the future of a young UNC team. They had a total of seven swimmers competing, with only one senior, Fields, who participated in her final NCAA championship.
Aside from the team, Grund had a little more riding on the weekend’s competition. She was competing in her hometown of Austin, Texas where she was able to showcase her diving in all three events.
When do they play next?
In their last event of the season, the Tar Heels will compete in the TYR Pro Series in Mesa, Ariz. from April 11-14.
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