McHugh Wins Double As Volunteers Lead Day 1 of Dual Against UNC


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  • Tennessee: 99
  • UNC: 87

The Tennessee men and women hold narrow leads over the UNC Tarheels after day 1 of their dual meet. The Volunteer men are currently up by 12 points, while the women are up by 6.

Sam McHugh pulled in multiple event wins for Tennessee, picking up a pair of 1st place finishes in the 200 IM and 200 fly. In the 200 IM, he was the only swimmer to post a sub-1:50 time, winning the race in 1:48.16 ahead of UNC’s Eugene Tee (1:50.43). He then won the 200 fly by over 3 seconds, touching the wall in 1:47.93.

The UNC men also had a double event winner today, as Jordan Merrilees topped the field in the 500 free and 200 back. Merrilees and teammate Henry Campbell went 1-2 in the 500 free, with Merrilees touching in 4:26.14 ahead of Campbell’s 4:29.99.

Merilees then led another 1-2 punch for the Tarheels in the 200 back, this time coming in ahead of Heyward Harrison. At the 15o-mark, Harrison had the lead, but Merrilees dropped a 25.66 on the final 50 to win the race in 1:47.08 to Harrison’s 1:48.69.


  • Tennessee: 96
  • UNC: 90

On the women’s side, Colleen Callahan pulled off a successful double for the Volunteers. Her first win came in the 200 IM, were she posted a 2:01.73 victory ahead of teammate Micah Bohon (2:02.41). She then led a 1-2-3 charge for Tennessee in the 100 breast. In that race, she clocked a 1:02.81 ahead of Katie Armitage (1:03.91) and Meghan Wiggins (1:04.50).

Olympic Trials finalist Hellen Moffitt came up with a 200 back victory for the Tarheels. Moffitt, a UNC team captain, won the race by nearly 2 seconds with her 1:58.72. Her co-captain Caroline Baldwin also brought home an individual event win, taking the 100 free in 50.36.


KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams trail by small margins against the University of Tennessee after the opening day Friday of a two-day dual meet at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

Twenty of 40 events were concluded on Friday.  The Tennessee women lead 96-90 after the first day while there is a similar score on the men’s side with UT ahead of the Heels 99-87.

Jack Nyquist had a tremendous day on the boards, sweeping the one- and three-meter boards.  His score in three-meter diving came within a point of breaking David MacDonald’s school record set back in 2009.

The Tar Heels’ women’s relay teams did a great job on the opening day, sweeping both events. Caroline Baldwin, Sarah Hitchens, Brooke Bauer and Katie Ford combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:31.77.  The 400-yard medley relay team of Baldwin, Katie Munch, Hellen Moffitt and Sarah Hitchens touched first in 3:41.36.

Tar Heel senior women’s captain Hellen Moffitt also swam outstandingly in individual events.  She won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:58.72, eclipsing UT’s Micah Bohon by 1.95 seconds.  Her fellow captain, junior Caroline Baldwin, won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.36.

UNC divers, ably led by coach Abel Sanchez, were a key factor on the first day.  Elissa Dawson and Maria Lohman went 1-2 in three-meter diving with Dawson far ahead of the field in a big way with a score of 377.93, less than seven points off her own school record.

On the men’s side, Jack Nyquist was his steady and consistent self as he scored 363.75 to win one-meter diving by less than a four-point margin over Tennessee’s Liam Stone.  He came back to win the three-meter event with 446.93 points.  It is the second highest three-meter diving score in UNC history, just behind David MacDonald’s three-meter score of 447.50 from 2009.

Carolina senior Jorden Merrilees had a tremendous Friday session as the Australian won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:16.14, almost four full seconds over junior teammate Henry Campbell.  Just minutes later, Merrilees led a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard backstroke with fellow Tar Heel Heyward Harrison, winning in 1:47.08.

The Tar Heel men had solid finishes in the 200 IM as Eugene Tee, Michael Meyer and Michael McBryan went 2-3-4.  The UNC women produced a similar 2-3-4 finish in the 500-yard freestyle with swims from Macey Arnold, Bryanna Cameron and Caty Hulsey.  The UNC men also went 2-3-4 in the 200-yard butterfly behind Collier Cobb, Michael Meyer and Henry Campbell.

North Carolina will return to the pool on Saturday when it completes its two-day dual meet against the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.  Saturday’s session commences at 10 a.m.

UNC will open its ACC season when it travels to Louisville, Ky., on November 5 & 6 to meet the University of Louisville Cardinals.


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