College Swimming: The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept both Wisconsin and Virginia Tech Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville.
On the women’s side, No. 10 Virginia defeated Virginia Tech, 214-151, and Wisconsin, 182-176. The Badgers took down the Hokies, 237-133.
The No. 11 Cavalier men were victorious against the No. 17 Hokies, 202.5-167.5, and the Badgers, 185-163. Virginia Tech defeated Wisconsin, 204-155.
UVa’s women finish the dual meet season with an undefeated mark (9-0) for the second consecutive year, while the men conclude the year with a record of 8-1.
“I thought it was a great experience for all the teams that were here,” UVa head coach Mark Bernardino said. “There were a lot of great races and a lot of outstanding athletes. For our teams, it was a real positive weekend. Some of our athletes have further identified themselves as people we want to have on our conference team and showed us that they’re going to help us in the long run.”
In the men’s 400 IM, junior Jan Daniec led a Cavalier 1-2-3 sweep with a time of 3:55.16. Classmate Brad Phillips and freshman Chris Webb were second and third in 3:55.52 and 3:56.71, respectively. Daniec also picked up the win in the 500 free in 4:25.70, while Phillips was second in 4:25.77.
“I’m really pleased with the performance of our distance athletes,” Bernardino said. “In the 500 free, the mile and the 400 IM, we were at our best. We were thinking we could do well there, but we had some student-athletes step up and perform at an extremely high level.”
UVa also swept the men’s 200 free with junior Parker Camp winning in a time of 1:37.62, followed by freshman Nick Alexiou (1:38.19) and senior Tom Barrett (1:38.73).
Senior Lauren Perdue won the women’s 200 free in a time of 1:47.44, while junior Caroline Kenney was second in 1:49.42. Kenney led UVa to a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 500 free in 4:49.07.
In the men’s 100 breast, junior Taylor Grey touched first in a time of 56.31. In the next event, freshman Courtney Bartholomew won the women’s 100 back in 54.42. Junior Charlotte Clarke was third in 55.57.
Sophomore Ellen Williamson captured the women’s 200 IM in 2:02.05, while Grey placed second in the men’s 200 IM in 1:50.38.
In the 50 free, senior Tom Barrett finished first in the men’s race in 20.46, while Perdue was second in the women’s race in 22.36.
Virginia finished 1-2 in the women’s 800 free relay with the team of sophomore Shaun Casey, Kenney, junior Rachel Naurath and Perdue finishing in a time of 7:20.95.
The Cavaliers also placed 1-2 in the men’s 800 free relay, as the group of Alexiou, Camp, senior Nathan Vredeveld and Daniec finished first in 6:34.84.
In the women’s 400 medley relay, the foursome of Bartholomew, senior Christine Olson, Williamson and Perdue finished first in 3:44.90. The men’s relay of junior Jack Murfee, Grey, senior Brady Fox and Barrett touched second in 3:17.61.
The women’s 200 medley relay team of Bartholomew, Williamson and Emily Dicus and junior Emily Lloyd finished second in 1:43.63, while the men’s relay of Murfee, Grey, Fox and sophomore Charlie Rommel was also second in 1:30.21.
Casey touched second in the women’s 400 IM in 4:21.51 and junior Hillary Peterson was third in 4:26.44.
In the women’s 100 fly, Williamson was second in 55.01 and sophomore Sarah White placed third in 55.59. Fox finished third in the men’s 100 fly in 49.38 and Murfee was third in the men’s 100 back in 49.08.
On the diving boards, sophomore JB Kolod was third in the men’s 1-meter event with a score of 346.20, while freshmen Colby Shinholser (340.55) and Carl Buergler (340.00) were fourth and fifth.
Freshmen Becca Corbett (312.05) and Katie Warburg (296.85) were fourth and fifth on the women’s 3-meter boards, respectively. Junior Carlin Tettelbach (281.85) and freshman Laura Gartrell (290.35) each qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships meaning all nine Cavalier divers are eligible for that meet.
“Our divers continue to get stronger and stronger every meet,” UVa diving coach Rich MacDonald said. “All nine of them have something very positive to take from this weekend. Now we just have to go back and continue to work hard and get ready for ACCs and the NCAA Zone meet.”
Up next, Virginia returns to action Feb. 16-17 for the Cavalier Invitational at the AFC. The women’s ACC Championships will be held Feb. 20-23, while the men’s conference meet is Feb. 27-March 2. Both meets will be held in Greensboro, N.C.
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This is an unedited press release.