Swim and dive sweeps double hit queens
CHAPEL HILL, NC — North Carolina won 26 of 28 events to win its season-opening doubles encounter Friday at the Koury Natatorium against Queens University of Charlotte.
Carolina scored resounding victories on both sides, with the men’s and women’s teams winning by an identical score of 188-69.
“What I liked about today’s performance was that our team played well in all events,” said UNC head coach Markus Gangloff said. “It shows how our team has become more well rounded and a dominant performance means a lot and gives our team a lot of confidence going forward.”
UNC had a total of six double event winners with Junior Patrick Husey Capturing three events: 1000 Free, 200 Breast, and 200 IM, ousting a UNC teammate in each event. Hussey finished nearly two seconds ahead of the rookie Patrick Sleather in the 1000 free before defeating his teammate Dylan Citta hit the wall by 1.07 seconds in the 200 breaststroke. He finished the 200 IM 0.25 seconds ahead of another teammate, Aidan Crisci.
Junior Boyd Polke also posted several wins on the men’s side, sweeping the 100 and 200 butterflies.
The women claimed multi-event victories Grace County (50 free and 100 fly), Sophie Lindner (100 and 200 back) and SkylerSmith (100 and 200 chest).
Smith nearly posted an NCAA B qualifying time in the 100 breast, missing the mark by 0.40 seconds.
“Her 100 breaststroke was very impressive, her freestyle relay split was impressive, I’m really excited to see what Skyler can do this year,” Gangloff said. “She had a lot of heart today.”
The Tar Heels return to competition on October 21 at UNCW.