Two members of the men’s swimming & diving team at the University of Virginia will transfer.
Sophomores Chris Webb and Nicholas Alexiou have both left the program, they confirmed on Sunday. They both will be seeking to transfer to other schools that they think will be a better fit for them.
Both swimmers are middle-to-distance freestylers; at last year’s ACC Championship, Webb scored 29 individual points, including a 5th-place finish in the 1650 yard freestyle.
Alexiou had an even bigger impact, scoring 30 points individually including a 3rd-place finish in the 200 free. He also led-off the ACC Champion 800 free relay, and anchored Virginia’s 400 free relay. He went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships, placing 37th in the 500 free, 27th in the 1650 free, and earning Honorable Mention All-American honors on Virginia’s 13th-place 800 free relay.
Webb and Alexiou were among the eight student-athletes suspended for Virginia’s season-opening meet against Navy for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Nobody that we spoke with gave any indication that his decision to leave was specifically related to that.
A request for comment from the Virginia coaching staff on Sunday went unreturned as of posting.
Augie Busch is in his first year as the head coach of the Virginia men’s and women’s programs.