INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Caroline Baldwin finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and North Carolina's 400-yard medley relay secured a school record on the second night of the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday night at the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Tar Heels are in 20th place after the second day of the championships with 18 team points.
"We are proud of our women for having some great performances today, highlighted by Caroline Baldwin's seventh place finish in the 50 free and a new UNC record in the 400 medley relay by Caroline, Emily Pfeiffer, Hellen Moffitt and Sarah Hitchens," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "The team rebounded today after a rocky start due to our early takeoff disqualification in the 200 free relay. It's upsetting for everyone when these things happen, but the women moved on to the next events and we ended up having a strong finish to the day."
Baldwin swam the second and third fastest 50-yard freestyles in UNC history on Thursday, just off her school record of 21.78 she set at last month's ACC Championships. Baldwin qualified fifth in the event in the preliminaries in a time of 21.80 seconds and then she placed seventh in the championship final in a time of 21.82 seconds. She is the first Tar Heel to earn first-team All-America honors in the 50-yard freestyle since Richelle Fox in 1998.
Carolina's 400-yard medley relay had two outstanding swims on Thursday, qualifying 14th in the preliminaries and then finishing 14th overall while swimming in the consolation final. Both relays swam under 3:32 and were the fastest relay in school history in the final and third fastest in the Tar Heel record book in the prelims.
In the final, Carolina swam 3:31.43 with splits by Caroline Baldwin (52.15), Emily Pfeiffer (1:00.98), Hellen Moffitt (50.26) and Sarah Hitchens (48.04). The previous University record was set at last month's ACC Championships with a time of 3:31.52 - Baldwin (51.69), Pfeiffer (1:01.07), Moffitt (51.01) and Hitchens (47.76).
On Wednesday night, UNC had finished 24th in the timed final of the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:09.05. The relay marked the final swim of senior Macey Arnold's career. UNC's relay consisted of Caty Hulsey (1:47.58), Sarah Koucheki (1:47.16), Zhada Field (1:47.29), Macey Arnold (1:47.02).
THURSDAY PRELIMINARY RESULTS