JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gardner-Webb women's swimming won a pair of matchups Saturday during an early season quad meet at North Florida, topping the host Ospreys 162-100 and beating Florida Atlantic 193.5-68.5 to cap a fine start to the season.
"Our women dominated again, especially the second half of today," said head coach Mike Simpson. "We got tougher as the day went along. Hard work showed, as well as our depth. We won both relays with Lara Siebrecht, Whitney Peters, Tessa Walsh and Lili Toth in the 200 medley, then with Kelsey Williams, MacKenzie Ropka, Carol Zangla and Blake Broullire in the 400 free.
"Spencer Lucas had her first college win in the 500 free, along with Cassie Ward in the 200 back. It was also good to get wins from Tessa Walsh in the 100 fly and London Schumacher in the 200 IM. All in all it was a very good day. There was a lot for us to build on."
The quartet of Lara Siebrecht, Whitney Peters, Tessa Walsh and Lili Toth started the meet well with a time of 1:49.55 to win the 200 medley relay, and Morgan Vanderschaaf finished second in the 1,000 free.
Cassie Ward broke through with a win in the 200 back with a time of 2:07.71 to give Gardner-Webb some momentum late in the day, and Peters took second in the 200 breast, just off the winning pace. Anna Banick took third in that race.
Lucas came through again in the 500 free, this time winning in a time of 5:09.28. Walsh followed with a win in the 100 fly (58:05), winning by more than a full second.
Schumacher kept the rally going with a win in the 200 IM, touching the wall a full second ahead of her closest challenger in a time of 2:07.76.
The quartet of Williams, Ropka, Zangla and Broullire capped the day by winning the 400 free relay in a time of 3:37.18, again outpacing the field by more than a full second.
Gardner-Webb will be back in action on Friday, October 28, at Limestone. The meet starts at 4:00 pm in Gaffney, S.C.