Smith Sets 500 FR Pool Record In UVA Tri-Meet With Michigan, Penn St


  • Results
  • Hosted by University of Virginia
  • Friday, November 4th – Saturday, November 5th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • Virginia 100, Michigan 66
  • Michigan 131, Penn State 35
  • Virginia, Penn State

On day 1 of the tri-meet between Virginia, Michigan, and Penn State, the Michigan and Virginia women both lead Penn State on the women’s side. Virginia also leads Michigan through day 1 with a total of 100 points to the Wolverines’ 66 points.

Host team UVA saw 3 women smash through pool record to help the team to the day 1 lead. Among those women was U.S. Olympian Leah Smith, the defending NCAA Champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyles. Smith took down the Pool Record mark in the 500 freestyle, lowering it to a 4:38.06 on the way to the event victory.

Also breaking records were senior Laura Simon and junior Jen Marrkand. In the 100 breast, Simon rocketed to a pool record with her winning time of 1:00.29. Marrkand, on the other hand, broke the pool record in the 200 fly with her 1:55.61. She was also the 200 back champ with her 1:56.90.

All-American Siobhan Haughey was a double event winner for Michigan, picking up victories in the 200 IM and 100 free. Haughey brought down a pool record for the Wolverines, clocking a 1:58.98 on the way to her first victory. She then won the 100 free later in the session, leading the way with her 49.28.


  • Michigan 116, Virginia 51
  • Michigan 129, Penn State 38
  • Virginia 109, Penn State 57

A Pool Record also went down on the men’s side of the meet, courtesy of Penn State senior Shane Ryan. In the 100 free, Ryan clocked a new record of 43.09 on his way to victory. That gave him a 1.5 second lead over Michigan’s Big Ten finalist Paul Powers, who finished 2nd in 44.59.

Michigan’s Felix Auboeck and PJ Ransford put on one of the highlight performances of the meet, swimming to a 1-2 finish in the 500 free. Auboeck won the race in a quick 4:21.81, while Ransford took 2nd with his 4:25.98.

UVA’s Zach Fong was the standout performer for the Cavalier men, swimming to an individual event victory for the home team. Fong battled with Michigan’s Evan White in the 200 fly, holding on for the win in 1:46.30 to White’s 1:46.56.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team holds commanding leads over No. 25 Virginia (116-51) and Penn State (129-38) after the first day of competition on Friday (Nov. 4) at the UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center.

There were plenty of 1-2 finishes on the afternoon, four in total: Felix Auböck (4:21.82) and PJ Ransford (4:25.98) in the 500-yard freestyle; Evan White (1:47.08) and Charlie Swanson in the 200-yard IM (1:48.15); Jacob Montague (54.59) and Chris Klein (55.29) in the 100-yard breaststroke; and Tristan Sanders (1:45.28) and Luke Papendick (1:46.51) in the 200-yard backstroke.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Paul Powers (44.59) and Virginia native James Jones (44.71) went 2-3, as did White (1:46.56) and Miles Smachlo (1:48.19) in the 200-yard butterfly.

U-M also performed well on relays, winning the 200-yard freestyle relay by more than a second-and-a-half (1:20.01). Powers led off in 19.82, and after Sanders and Tafuto, it was Jones swimming the anchor leg, closing in 19.85. Another win came on the 400-yard medley relay, with Sanders, Montague, Vinny Tafuto and Powers making up the winning team (3:14.97).

Freshman Jake Herremans led the divers, finishing second on three-meter (318.95).

The double dual with Virginia and Penn State concludes Saturday (Nov. 5). Diving will begin at 9:30 a.m., while swimming gets underway at noon.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Sophomore Siobhán Haughey won a pair of events to pace the top-ranked University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team on Friday (Nov. 4), as the Wolverines lead Penn State (131-35) and trail No. 6 Virginia (100-66) after one day of competition at the UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Haughey looked sharp from the get-go, first setting a facility record in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.98) and later winning the 100-yard freestyle (49.28). Sophomore Catie DeLoof followed her in the latter, taking second (49.93).

The other individual-event winner of the evening was freshman Kristen Hayden, who took home top honors on one-meter (274.10). Senior Allie Murphy was fifth (243.30).

The Wolverines collected points in two events in particular. Everyone was chasing U.S. Olympic medalist Leah Smith (Virginia) in the 500-yard freestyle, and though she won, U-M went 2-3-4 behind junior G Ryan (4:43.91) and sophomores Yirong Bi (4:44.60) and Becca Postoll (4:47.75). The 200-yard backstroke also yielded solid performances from a quartet of swimmers: Clara Smiddy (1:57.05), Gabby DeLoof (1:57.72), Jacqui Schafer (1:58.87) and Emily Eastin (2:00.83) went 2-3-4-5.

Other team-high finishes included sophomore Astrid Swensen in the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.22) and junior Emily Kopasin the 100-yard breaststroke (fourth, 1:02.27). U-M also took second in both the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.92; Virginia won by one hundredth-of-a-second) and in the 400-yard medley relay (3:39.16).

The double dual with Virginia and Penn State concludes Saturday (Nov. 5). Diving will begin at 9:30 a.m., while swimming gets underway at noon.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won nine events against Michigan and Penn State on the first day of the two-day meet Friday (Nov. 4) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville.

After one day, the No. 6 Cavalier women lead No. 1 Michigan, 100-66, and Penn State, 128-39. The No. 25 Virginia men lead Penn State, 109-57, but trail No. 6 Michigan, 116-51.

Senior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) broke the AFC pool record in the women’s 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:38.06. Fellow senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) broke the pool record in the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:00.29. In the women’s 200 butterfly, junior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) set a new pool record in 1:55.61.

The women’s 400 medley relay of sophomore Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Simon, senior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) and freshman Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) broke the pool record in 3:34.99.

Other swimming event winners for UVA were sophomore Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) in the men’s 200 fly (1:46.30), Jones in the women’s 200 IM (1:59.15) and Marrkand in the 200 back (1:56.90). In addition, the women’s 200 free relay of Moroney, senior Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom), junior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) and Hill touched first in 1:30.91.

In diving, freshman Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) won the men’s 3-meter event with a mark of 337.85, while fellow freshman Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) placed second in the women’s 1-meter event with a score of 261.05.

Two other pool records were broken Friday night. Michigan’s Siobhan Haughley set a new women’s 200 IM mark in 1:58.98, while Penn State’s Shane Ryan won the men’s 100 free in 43.09.

The action continues Saturday with diving at 9:30 a.m. and swimming at noon.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Penn State men’s swimmer Shane Ryan (Havertown, Pa.) set a University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center pool record in the 100 freestyle Friday evening with a time of 43.09 seconds, besting the fastest time in the nation entering the weekend, to lead the Nittany Lions through nine events of a two-day double dual meet against Michigan and Virginia Friday.

Despite the Ryan’s time and several season-best performances the Penn State men trail No. 6 Michigan, 129-38, and No. 25 Virginia, 109-57. The Penn State women also posted several season-best times, but trail No. 1 Michigan, 131-35, and No. 6 Virginia, 128-39.

“[Going into the meet], I reiterated that at the end of the day they need to be athlete, a better teammate and a better team, and I think we some steps in that direction,” said head coach Tim Murphy. “[Tonight]. I’m going to remind them to get used to and to get comfortable with this environment because this is what we have to learn to adapt to. There were some good things, some solid things, and then some things that each individualcan obviously see that they need to work on. That’s part of the process, so it’s all to be expected.”

Ryan’s pool record performance led a quartet of podium finishes for the Penn State men.

“I thought it was good,” said Murphy on Ryan’s swim. “I thought it was aggressive and there were some things that showed up in reference to strengths and weaknesses. I pointed out both to him as part of the process, but I liked the way he got out and went after it.”

Ryan also led the 400 medley relay team to a second-place finish in 3:15.23, while Kaelan Freund took bronze in the 100 breaststroke in 55.58 seconds, narrowly missing the NCAA B-standard of 55.39. Connor Scanlon was also third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 312.15.

Additionally, Matt Stasiunas and JP Cervone posted season-best times of 4:29.35 and 4:31.78, respectively, to place seventh and eighth.

On the women’s side, Penn State saw its most success in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Katie Saloky, Siena Salvaggio, Niki Price and Katrina Kuhn placed third in a season-best 1:32.34. Mackenzie Cornell posted the highest individual finish, taking fourth in the 1-meter dive with total of 250.15 points.

Katelyn Sowinski led a trio of season-bests in the 500 free placing fifth as she touched in 4:51.16. She was followed by Ally McHugh in a personal-best 4:51.36 and Casey Francis in 4:52.52, placing sixth and seventh, respectively. Sowinski also led Penn State in the 200 butterfly (2:02.96).

Aleks Tulacz placed sixth in the 200 back in a season-best 2:02.09 and was followed by Megan Wujciak in seventh in 2:05.07. Wujciak also led the Lions in the 200 IM, placing seventh in a season-best 2:03.37.

Saloky and Salvaggio also posted season-bests in the 100 free finishing in 51.01 and 51.24 seconds, respectively, while Heather MacDougall followed in a season-best 51.91.

Competition will resume at 9:30 a.m. with diving and continue with swimming at noon.

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3 years ago

It appears as though Virginia restec for this meet

Reply to  John
3 years ago

They set 3 pool records. I would tend to agree.

Forever Resting
Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago

They set pool records during the pitt meet. They are probably resting for all their meets. That’s why they are winning all them.

Reply to  Forever Resting
3 years ago

Pool records at Pitt and pool records at UVA, same caliber. I don’t think so. I guess every home meet UVA should set multiple pool records.

Forever Resting
Reply to  Swimfan
3 years ago

Shows how much you really know. The pitt meet was at uva.

Reply to  John
3 years ago

Think they were scared of the #1 ranked MI women beating them????

3 years ago

Michigan # 1 …. enough said about the ranking even the dual meet or whatever. Why not reflect the real strength of the team? Then when there is an upset, it’s a REAL upset.

Swim Fan
3 years ago

UVA wasn’t rested. Megan Moroney, 2nd year, NCAA scorer is injured and only swam on 2 relays. UVA is for real.

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