UNC Asheville’s first four-year women’s swimming class, seniors Galen Broido and Alessandra Troncoso, stepped up to the blocks on Jan. 30 for the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. As the first swimmers to compete for four years, Broido and Troncoso competed in the 2016 CCSA Championships, bringing home medals and personal bests. Troncoso achieved a lifetime best in the 100-meter breaststroke earning 5th place and then 7th place in the 200-meter breaststroke. A fellow team captain, Broido became the first Bulldog to earn a spot at the podium by taking 2nd place in the mile and 12th place in the individual medley.
Awards & Honors
- Swimming Head Coach Elizabeth Lykins brought home CCSA honors, earning Co-Coach of the Year in her fourth year as head coach.
- UNC Asheville junior guard Chatori Major and Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick were voted the 2015-16 Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. Coach Kirkpatrick also was named Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year by Hero Sports.
- Men’s Basketball Head Coach Nick McDevitt was named Big South Coach of the Year by Hoops HD.
Third Annual Bulldog Challenge
The third annual Bulldog Challenge was a huge success, raising nearly $40,000 throughout the month of March, with more than 150 new alumni donating to the Challenge. Of the nearly 250 gifts, 180 came from Asheville alumni. This year’s three winners were Women’s Soccer for the number of overall gifts (47), Men’s Soccer for the total number of alumni gifts (33), and Women’s Swimming for the highest percentage of alumni giving back, with 100 percent participation.