Jen Marrkand Drops 1:56.6 200 Fly as UVA Rolls Duke


  • November 3rd, 2017
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Full results 
  • Men’s Score: Virginia 169, Duke 131
  • Women’s Score: Virginia 182, Duke 115

At home, the Virginia Cavaliers swam their way to wins on the men’s and women’s side over Duke to extend perfect seasons for both the men and women.

Senior Jen Marrkand had a highlight swim in the 200 fly, going a 1:56.63 to position herself at #6 in the NCAA this season, claiming the win by over four seconds. Marrkand also finished 2nd to teammate Morgan Hill in the 200 free with a 1:47.92 (Hill was 1:47.50), and touched 2nd in the 100 IM (57.22) behind Duke’s Leah Goldman (56.52).

The UVA women started off with an electric win in the 200 medley, finding themselves behind Duke after Blue Devil Alyssa Marsh dropped a 23.32 butterfly leg. Cavalier senior Caitlin Cooper threw down a heroic 21.55 anchor leg to lift them over Duke, 1:40.61 to 1:41.66, out-splitting Duke’s Goldman by over a full second. Cooper would later win the 50 free (22.50) over Marsh (22.99), and provide a 2nd place finish in the 100 free (50.06) behind teammate Eryn Eddy (50.03) as UVA went 1-2-3-4 in the latter event.

UVA freshman Emma Seiberlich hit the wall first in both backstrokes, taking the 100 in 54.91 and the 200 in 1:58.40. The Cavalier breaststrokers were on point today, too, as Mary Claire Tansill and Vivian Tafuto went 1-2 in both the 100 and 200, going 1:02.95 and 1:03.66 in the 100 and 2:16.87 and 2:18.65 in the 200, respectively. Cooper was back in the 200 free relay to anchor 21.97 and lift UVA to victory in the relay and in the meet.

The Duke women grabbed wins in the 500 (4:56.72) and 1000 free (9:59.84) courtesy of Verity Abel, Goldman in the 100 IM, and Marsh in the 100 fly (53.78).

The men’s meet was closer, but Bryce Keblish was strong on the back end of the session to secure the UVA win. Keblish put up back-to-back wins in the 100 fly (48.21) and 100 IM (50.47), and then UVA eked out a win in the 200 free relay despite Duke’s Yusuke Legard 19.96 lead-off leg.

Legard was big for Duke, grabbing wins in the 100 free (44.27) and 200 free (1:38.36). Blue Devil Max St. George took the 100 back (47.76) and the 200 back (1:46.65), while Miles Williams was 20.43 to take the 50 free. The Blue Devils also won the 200 medley relay.

UVA freshman Matthew Otto led the charge as the Cavaliers went 1-1-3 and 1-2-3 in the 100 and 200 breast. Otto tied with Keefer Barnum, another freshman, in the 100 (55.61) and won the 200 (1:59.98). Otto was just five tenths off of his 100 breast lifetime best, and within two seconds of his 200 breast PR.

Brendan Casey gave UVA a sweep in the distance races, taking the 500 (4:30.51) and 1000 (9:17.13), while Zach Fong took the 200 fly (1:48.02).


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-  The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Duke in the Cavaliers’ home opener on Friday (Nov. 3) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavaliers recorded a first-place finish in 19 events.

The No. 14 Virginia women’s team defeated No. 23 Duke, 182-115, while the No. 25 Cavalier men topped the Blue Devils, 169-131.

“Both teams swam well against Duke in our competition today,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Our goal is to get better every week, and being at home and being able to feed off the crowd, parents and alumni definitely helped us do that. We are pleased with where the teams are at. We had seven different females win events today and a couple of swimmers win two. Our underclassmen are doing great. Emma Seiberlich, who is a freshman, and Mary Claire Tansill, a sophomore, won two events. Morgan Hill, another sophomore, also won an event today.

“On the men’s side, the meet came down to the last couple of events and the guys pulled through. That seems to be a trend in the last three competitions with some teams really challenge us. It was great to see the guys fight, hold together, and support each other. Definitely excited about the overall team effort.”

The meet opened with freshman Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.), junior Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.), freshmanAnna Pang (SINGAPORE) and senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.), respectively, finishing first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.61.

In the individual events, the women’s team was paced by freshman Emma Seiberlich (Audubon, Pa.) and sophomoreMary Claire Tansill (Bristow, Va.). Seiberlich finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.91) and 200-yard backstroke (1:58.40), while Tansill finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.95) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.87).

Two swimmers recorded NCAA B Standard times as senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) placed first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:56.63 and senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.50.

Sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.50), while junior Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) won the 100-yard freestyle (50.03).

Junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) finished first in the women’s 3-meter dive, recording a score of 305.48.

On the men’s side, three swimmers recorded a pair of first-place finishes. Redshirt junior Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) paced the 1000-yard freestyle (9:17.13) and 500-yard freestyle (4:30.51), while junior Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) led the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA B Standard time (48.21) and 100-yard individual medley (50.47). Freshman Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) touched the wall first in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:59.98), in addition to tying for the top time in the 100-breaststroke with freshman Joseph Barnum (Louisville, Ky.). Otto and Barnum recorded a time of 55.61 in the event.

Junior Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) finished first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:48.02.

The Cavaliers swept the final event of the night, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The women’s team of Hill, Eddy, Pang and Cooper, respectively, recorded a time of 1:30.48, while the men’s team of senior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.), Fong, sophomore Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.) and sophomore Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), respectively, recorded a time of 1:22.01.

“One of the most important things is the energy the team is bringing to competitions,” DeSorbo said. “It was a long day, but the team was standing nonstop, cheering and being loud, which is what we want. We are moving forward in training, which is reflected in our competitions. It was a great day and we will start looking forward to next week against Louisville and Princeton. Both of those teams are quality programs who will try and steal a couple of wins from us on our home turf. We will keep moving forward, trying to make the alumni, parents and the University of Virginia proud.”

Virginia will host Louisville and Princeton in a two day meet beginning Oct. 20 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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What’s the deal with Megan Moroney. She’s still listed on the UVA roster but hasn’t swam a meet for the Hoos in the last year.


yeah, she didn’t swim at all last year either


Still rehabbing a shoulder injury


Is she close? What about Whiteside. Her injury is like 18 months in, at some point it’s time to face reality, hope that’s not the case though

ACC fan

Does anyone know the Duke splits in the 200 free relay? 22.0 seems wrong


Why isn’t Whiteside competing? He’s still on the roster so I assume he isn’t redshirting, is he injured? Relays are suffering

Al Edwards

You can be on a roster and redshirt. Declaring a redshirt isn’t something that needs to be done until the end of the year.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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