Dembny
WA

CHARLOTTE, N.C.---- Wingate University won a quad meet with Catawba College, Queens University of Charlotte and Washington & Lee University at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday.

The Bulldog women’s swimming and diving team defeated Catawba and Converse College and dropped a close decision to Queens.

The Wingate women won four events and earned six second-place finishes. Sophomore Valerie Dembny won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.68) and finished second in the 100 Butterfly (59.97). In addition, she claimed a bronze medal in the 200 Individual Medley (2:11.84).

Dembny teamed with senior Malin Kersmark, freshman Jasmine Arzadon and sophomore Amanda Gilbert to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.56. The Bulldog quartet edged the Queens team by 0.36 of a second. Individually, Kersmark was third in the 200 Backstroke (2:11.71), while Gilbert collected silver medals in the 100 Freestyle (55.25) and the 50 Freestyle (25.28).

Bulldog sophomore Alexandra Andrechuk had a solid day. She won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.83. She was third in the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:45.28. Andrechuk paired with Kersmark, Dembny and Gilbert to place second in the 400 medley relay with a 4:04.37 clocking. In the final relay of the day, Andrechuk swam the anchor leg on Wingate’s third-place 400 Freestyle Relay team (3:44.07). Dembny, Gilbert and sophomore Cameron Washburn joined her.

Wingate’s distance swimmers started the year where they ended the previous campaign. Junior Paige Schmidt won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:35.44. Classmate Elly Speer edged her teammate in the 500 freestyle. Speer was second (5:12.41), while Schmidt was third (5:16.89). Speer was second in the 200 butterfly with a 2:13.18 clocking.

The Bulldog freshmen made contributions as well. Luisa Santiesteban was third in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:31.63. Freshmen Annie Rossinsky (Miami, Fla.) and Amy BSaunders paired with seniors Jennifer Galloway and Brittany Pales to place fourth in the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:48.16).