This is a meet that has history to it: last year Virginia took the win against the Navy for men (162-124) and women (168-118) while the Navy women beat the Yale women 161-139. Virginia didn’t back down this year once again and swept 30 out of the 32 events in Annapolis, MD. But the opening meet for Virginia and Yale has a twist: its short course meters. Full results to the meet can be found here.
This year, Virginia men beat the Naval Academy 212-88, while the women had a more complicated meet. Virginia women beat Yale 237-63, Yale women beat the Naval Academy 188-112 and Virginia beat the Naval Academy 250-50. Okay, the real question we have to ask ourselves is, “What is Coach Augie Busch feeding at UVA?!” Warning: some of the women’s times you see may shock you. The college swimming world needs to take note to whatever he has been doing because his women are on the fast track to making a huge impact later on in the season.
The Virginia underclassmen women really came to play at their opening meet. Freshman Leah Smith showed her strength in mid-distance and distance freestyle by taking first in the 200 m free (2:0014), 400 m Free (4:13.63) and 800 m free (8:32.47). Conversions are a rough calculation, but a 2:00.14 in short course meters roughly translates to a 1:48.23 in short course yards. Her 400 m free converts to a 4:52.44 for a short course yard 500 free and her 800 m free converts to a 9:50.88 for a short course yard 1000 free.
Another Cavalier leader was sophomore and Michigan native Courtney Bartholomew who took both backstroke events. Her 100 m back clocked in at 58.79 (converts to SCY 52.92) and her 200 m back time of 2:10.39 (converts to SCY 1:57.36). Both times meet the NCAA B standard for the 2013-14 season, with her 100 back just over a second shy of the NCAA A standard.
Freshman of Virginia Laura Simon dominated the 100 m breaststroke and the 200 m breaststroke with times of 1:09.77 (converts to SCY 1:02.74) and 2:30.17 (converts to SCY 2:15.05) respectively. Breaststroke is a completely different animal when it comes to meters to yards conversions, so let’s not be too dependent on these numbers.
The Virginia men brought some veteran power with seniors Parker Camp and Jan Daniec. Camp won the 200 m free in a 1:49.11 (converts to SCY 1:38.47), the 100 m fly in a 55.00 (converts to SCY 49.37) and the 200 m fly in a 2:02.23 (converts to SCY 1:49.73). Daniec showed his strength in the 800 m free by posting an impressive time of 8:07.71 to win (converts to SCY 9:22.33) and wins the 200 m IM with a 2:06.69 (converts to SCY 1:54.03).
Sophomore backstroker Luke Papendick represented the Cavalier backstroke group by taking both backstroke events. His 100 m back clocked in at a 54.74 (converts to SCY 49.3) and his 200 m back was a 2:00.13 (converts to SCY 1:48.13).
Eva Fabian takes second in the 800 m free for Yale with a time of 8:48.54 (converts to SCY 10:09.41). Isla Maddox-Hutchinson takes second place for Yale as well in the 200 m fly in a 2:15.71 (converts to SCY 2:02.15). Sydney Hirsch falls in behind her with a third place for Yale in the 200 m fly in a 2:15.90 (converts to SCY 2:02.32).
The Naval Academy posted a strong second place in the 200 m medley relay that had Joseph Lane, Marlin Brutkiewicz, Johnathan Debaugh and Dain Bomberger with a 1:43.06. Marlin Brutkiewicz made a statement for the Navy in the 100 m breaststroke by taking first in a 1:02.98 (converts to SCY 56.74). Sean Murphy takes second for the Naval Academy in the 100 m breaststroke with a 1:03.78 (converts to SCY 57.46).