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UNC Wilmington defeats visiting No. 3 Wingate by slim margin

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Wingate freshman Sofia Petrenko will long remember her inaugural event as a Bulldog, as she claimed three first-place individual finishes. Petrenko outdistanced the competition in the 200 freestyle (1:55.98), the 200 butterfly (2:09.12) and the 400 indivdiual medley (4:35.20). She won the 200 freestyle by .01 of a second. Petrenko swam the first leg as the Bulldogs won the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.96).

Petrenko was joined in the 400 free relay by sophomores Ana Fish and Rita Koryukova and senior Charlotte Cornet. Koryukova was also a member of Wingate's second place 400 medley relay quartet (3:57.68). Her teammates included freshman Jessika Weiss and seniors Valerie Dembny and Katie Pheil. Individually, Koryukova led a two-three-four Wingate finish in the 100 backstroke with her time of 59.98.

No. 4 Florida Southern 118, Indian River State 87

FORT PIERCE, Fla. --  With wins by sophomores Alli Crenshaw and Kelsey Gouge, and a strong showing from freshmen Elizabeth Fris, Cassie Ley and Alex Ballard, No. 4 Florida Southern led or was within striking distance for most of Saturday’s meet with Indian River State. However, the Pioneers pulled away in the final four events and defeated the Moccasins 118-87 in the final regular season meet of 2014.

Crenshaw won two events, and Gouge won one on Saturday, and Gouge also hit two NCAA “B” qualifying times in the process. The Moccasins (5-2 in dual meets) also got a pair of runner-up finishes from Ley, who along with Fris and Ballard helped Florida Southern remain within a single point of IRSC after five of the 11 events were contested.

Cal Baptist 174, UC San Diego 126

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Sierra Gage (10:38.81) and Erika Rodman (10:38.83) went 1-2 early on in the 1000 free, with the freshman edging her senior teammate by a mere .02 seconds in the longest event of the day. They later went 2-3 in the 500 with Gage (5:16.46) again out in front of Rodman (5:18.52).

Anji Shakya timed 2:05.38 and eased to a first-place effort in the 200 back by almost four seconds. Shakya (1:51.78) was out-touched by .03 seconds in the 200 free by CBU’s Patricia Hapsari (1:51.75).

Austine Lee (1:04.89), fellow freshman Jaimie Bryan (1:05.08) and junior Eva Chen (1:07.11) came in 2-3-4 in the 100 breast. Colleen Daley (24.01), Lee (24.02) and Natalie Tang (25.08) did the same in the 50 free, as did Daley (52.56), Catherine Woo (53.44) and Christina Vu (54.16) in the 100 free, and Bryan (2:20.03), Chen (2:22.55) and Rosa Bebi (2:28.46) in the 200 breast.