2022 Cavalier Invitational
- February 4-6, 2022
- Aquatics and Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
- Championship Format
- Results on Meet Mobile as “2022 Cavalier Invitational”
The University of Virginia kicked off their annual Cavalier Invite today in Charlottesville. This meet typically serves as a combination of taper meet for swimmers who don’t make their conference team, and a tune-up for those who are, but are looking for some fast times before championships, and today proved to be no exception.
Right towards the beginning of tonight’s finals session, the UVA men ripped a 1:16.71 in the 200 free relay, setting a new UVA-season best time and a pool record.
That time is over a second faster than the Cavaliers’ previous season best of 1:17.67, which they hit at the Tennessee Invite in the fall. Brownstead was not on that relay, as he missed the early stages of the meet.
For what it’s worth, last season the UVA men went 1:17.90 at this meet, and then had the four same swimmers improve by nearly two seconds to go 1:16.01 at NCAAs for a 7th-place finish.
Currently, tonight’s time moves the Cavalier men to #7 in the NCAA, just ahead of NC State’s 1:16.76 from November. The two teams will square off in this event in less than two weeks at the ACC Championships.
Swimmers from George Washington, Johns Hopkins, James Madison, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Richmond, and the College of William & Mary are also competing in the event this weekend.
Johns Hopkins was the only other school to enter relays, and their women set a new season best in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:34.37. The John Hopkins men also picked up an individual event win from Jonik Surprenant, who took the 500 free with a 4:33.02.
UVA swimmers topped the podium in the remainder of the events. Freshman Matthew Styczen swam to a big new lifetime best in the 200 IM with his time of 1:46.26. His previous best was a 1:48.67 from last April; tonight’s time would have made the C-final at last year’s ACC Championships.
Teammate Addie Laurencelle won the 50 free with a new personal best of 20.00, shaving 0.43s off his previous best of 20.43. Laurencelle didn’t drop any time in this event last year as a freshman at UVA, but he’s now improved his best from 20.57 to 20.00 this season.
UVA senior Jessica Nava also set a new personal best, winning the 50 free with a 22.58; her previous best of 22.79 came from the fall of 2020.
The Cavalier Invite continues tomorrow with the classic college championship day two schedule: prelims and finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 back, and 100 breast, along with timed finals of the 200 medley and (if contested) the 800 free relay.