Freshmen Flourish In UVA vs. Georgetown Off-Distance Dual Meet

by Robert Gibbs 26

October 11th, 2021 College, News, Previews & Recaps

UVA vs Georgetown

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • SCY
  • Unscored
  • Full Results

We’ve seen UVA host some unique meet formats before — a few years ago they and Auburn swam a meet where the events were picked out of a hat. This weekend, the Georgetown Hoyas traveled to Charlottesville and squared off against UVA in an unscored meet with a couple of unique twists.

For the aforementioned UVA-Auburn meet, swimmers knew beforehand which events they were swimming, but not which order those events would come in. For this meet, swimmers knew when they were going to swim, but the actual event was determined by drawing from a hat just before each heat. Not only that, but rather than swim the standard slate of dual meet events, the teams opted for racing at unique distances and styles (e.g., a 50 yard race consisting entirely of breaststroke pullouts).

As you might imagine in a situation where the event assignments were  random, some athletes lucked out and managed to swim events that were in their wheelhouse, while others definitely ended up out of their comfort zone.

On the women’s side, the UVA freshmen stood out, garnering a total of five individual events championships. Kate Morris doubled, winning the 75 fly in 39.86 and the 75 free in 36.64. Ella Bathurst is primarily a freestyler/backstroker, but she grabbed a couple of wins in a different stroke, winning the “50 breast pullouts” in 31.52 and the 25 breast in 12.93. Fellow freshman and teammate Gretchen Walsh took 2nd to Bathurst in the breast pullouts (31.70) and won the “100 IM flip turns” in 53.55.

Unsurprisingly, Olympic 200 IM medalists Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh each won a pair of events. Douglass won the 75 breast in 44.18 and the 25 back in 10.65. Walsh, meanwhile, took a pair of 100 yard events that each constituted of 50 yards of two different strokes. She won the 100 fly/breast in 57.68 and the 50 free/back in 52.39.

UVA also got a pair of wins from Julia Menkhaus, in the form of a 41.93 in the 75 back and a 11.07 in the 25 fly. Breaststroker Alexis Wenger won the 25 free in 10.40.

The Georgetown women’s only win came courtesy of freshman Maddie Haley, who won the 50 underwater in 27.05.

Just as on the women’s side, freshmen came up big, although the Hoya freshmen got in on the winning action.

Virginia freshman Jack Aikins, one of the fastest high schoolers ever in the 200 back, picked up a win in a fairly unlikely event, the 50 breast pullouts. His time of 26.72 put him just ahead of freestyler Jack Wright (26.76). Aikins doubled by touching first in the 100 IM flip turns with a time of 50.84. His classmate and sprinter Connor Boyle earned the win in the 75 free, touching ahead of August Lamb 32.20 to 32.27.

Georgetown freshman Liam Ryan picked up a pair of wins, taking the 75 back in 38.03 and the 75 breast in 43.40. Fellow freshman John McEachern won the 25 free in 9.26, finishing just ahead of UVA freshman Max Iida (9.28).

UVA IMers Casey Storch and Sean Conway each took an event, with Stock winning the 50 underwater in 23.16 and Conway taking the 50 fly/50 breast in 53.15.

Sprint star Matt Brownstead won the 50 free/50 back in 49.16. Josh Fong and Will Cole each managed to swim events that are right up their alley, with Fong winning the 25 fly in 9.46 and Cole winning the 25 back in 9.96.

Noah Nichols is primarily a breaststroker, but he was also a C-finalist in the 200 IM at ACCs, and he showed some of that versatility with a 36.47 win in the 75 fly.

Georgetown’s Drew Carbone, who holds the school record in the 200 IM at 1:46.10, won the 25 breast in 10.37.

The morning kicked off with a 100 medley relay, with two UVA women teams tying to win in 47.06. The results didn’t include the men’s relay. The UVA women also won the 100 free relay in in 42.95, with the Cavalier men winning in 37.06.

Next weekend, Virginia heads to California to take on the Bears in (presumably) a more traditional meet format, while Georgetown will race at American University.

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Hswimmer
1 month ago

That just sounds fun!!

Taa
1 month ago

Swimming 25s is for 6 year olds. They must be out of shape only competing in 100yd or less races.

flygirl
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Or it’s just a lot of fun and team-building for a meet in early October

Taa
Reply to  flygirl
1 month ago

I was just seeing if people were awake on this glorious Columbus Day holiday

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

Do you live in the 1940s

swimswamsers
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

I wish we did stuff like this back in college! What a fun October meet

Uh Oh Stinky
Reply to  Taa
1 month ago

People in swimswam comments need to take a joke and understand sarcasm.

HOO love
1 month ago

hoos know how to have fun

1650butterfly
1 month ago

Sounds like a waste of time honestly, I’m all for a fun event here and there but none or these will event count towards their season

yourmom
Reply to  1650butterfly
1 month ago

rumor on the street is you walk around with your phone flashlight on

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  1650butterfly
1 month ago

The journey of a 1650 starts with a single 25.

swimswamsers
Reply to  1650butterfly
1 month ago

Think of it like a stand up practice. Always good to get up and swim fast

Swimfan76
Reply to  1650butterfly
1 month ago

That’s a good point, they might not make the playoffs with their strength of schedule

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Swimfan76
1 month ago

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Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  1650butterfly
1 month ago

A 1650 butterfly sounds like a waste of time too

swimmer
1 month ago

Did Emma Weyant swim in this meet too?

Huh
Reply to  swimmer
1 month ago

yes

James Beam
1 month ago

I hope both schools keep team records of these events. “Yup, I am UVA School Record Holder”…great resume builder, even if it is for a 75 fly! Nobody can take it away from you.

anon
1 month ago

44.1 for douglass feels close to sub 1:00? For an unsuited gimmick meet

yabo
Reply to  anon
1 month ago

it is, but if she had kept going she probably would have been over 1:00, she’d have to go like a 15.8 on the last 25 which means her other 25’s would have probably been around the 14-15 range which an insane way to split a 100 br, so I’m guessing it equates closer to that 1:00-1:01 range.

thezwimmer
1 month ago

No love for the Distance swimmers 🙁

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 month ago

Good point. I would have liked to see the results of the 300 free.