Wilmington, N.C. - Gardner-Webb women's swimming fell to
UNC-Wilmington in dual meet action Saturday, dropping their season opener 141.5
GWU's first meet of the season saw a number of solid
individual performances for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Sophomore Faith Kempf gave
the visitors a win in the 200 fly, leading from start to finish in achieving a
time of 2:12.39. Kempf was followed in the event by freshman Cjay Wiley, whose
second place effort in 2:12.68 gave Gardner-Webb a 1-2 finish in the event.
Senior Lyndsey Roka closed well to tie for third in the event, finishing in
Roka followed with a team-best performance in the 100 fly,
finishing third best with a time of 1:02.15.
The Runnin' Bulldogs got another win in the 200 breast, where
senior Kiah Bellows passed UNCW's Sara Smith to finish first in 2:28.07. GWU's
Heather Holtom came in third in the event, holding off the Seahawks' Taylor
Wilson to secure a top three finish in the event.
Gardner-Webb saw a good effort from freshman Jenna Ballinger
in the 1000 free, who led the way with a third place finish with a time of
11:04.42. Wiley, another young contributor for the Runnin' Bulldogs, finished
with the third best time in the 200 IM at 2:14.62.
In the 200 medley relay, Kaylee McCallan, Charity Byrum,
Elizabeth Charter, and Liz Van Halsema combined to finish third in 1:54.33 to
lead the Runnin' Bulldogs. The 200 free relay combination of Mary O'Doherty,
Stephanie Wild, Annie Bosacco, and Chelsea Scarcliff was tops for GWU, finishing
Gardner-Webb returns home Saturday, October 29 to face off
with Queens University in its first home meet of the season. The dual meet is
set to begin at 10 am.