Virginia-UNC mega-Rivalry to be Renewed on Saturday in Charlottesville

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 1

January 23rd, 2015 ACC, College, News

Virginia preview

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams host ACC-rival North Carolina Saturday (Jan. 24) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in their final dual meet of the season. Diving action will begin at 10 a.m., while swimming will commence at noon. There will be a special Senior Ceremony at 11:45 a.m. to honor the Cavalier fourth-years.

Admission to all home meets at the Aquatic and Fitness Center is free to the public. Live results will be available through

Virginia’s women (3-1) are ranked sixth in the latest CSCAA national poll, while the men (1-4) are receiving votes. North Carolina’s women (4-1) are tabbed 18th nationally, while the Tar Heel men (3-2) are ranked 20th.

A year ago, both duals came down to the final event, as the Cavalier women prevailed, 152-146, while the UNC men were victorious, 154-145.

Last weekend, the Virginia’s women defeated Virginia Tech, 243-110, while the UVa men fell to the Hokies, 218-135.

Sophomore Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) currently ranks first in the country in both the 500 free and 1,650 free, while junior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) is No. 1 in the 100 back and third in the 200 back and 200 IM. Sophomore Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) ranks second in the 200 breast and fourth in the 100 breast. Fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) is No. 4 in the 200 IM and eighth in the 400 IM, while senior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) is sixth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 fly.

On the men’s side, junior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) currently is fifth in the nation in the 200 breast and sixth in the 100 breast, while sophomore Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) ranks No. 19 in the 200 back and 24th in the 400 IM.

Next up, the Cavalier swimmers will travel to Christiansburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Invitational Feb. 7-8, while the UVa divers will host the Cavalier Diving Invitational Feb. 7 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center at noon.

North Carolina Preview

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action on Saturday when they meet the talented Virginia Cavaliers at 12 noon at the Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The Tar Heels were last in competition on January 10 when they traveled to Annapolis, Md., and swept the U.S. Naval Academy in dual meets.

The Carolina men enter Saturday’s meet with a dual meet record of 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.    The Tar Heel men’s team is currently ranked 20th in the College Swimming Coaches Association poll.  The Virginia men are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC.    Both men’s teams have competed against very difficult schedules.  UNC’s men have faced #2 Georgia, #4 Louisville, #11 Tennessee and #15 Virginia Tech in four of its five dual meets.  Virginia’s men have competed against #5 Michigan, #8 NC State and #15 Virginia Tech.

The Carolina men are 41-20 all-time against Virginia in dual meet action, including a 154-145 victory in Chapel Hill last year.

On the women’s side, the Virginia women are ranked sixth while UNC checks in at 18th in the latest CSCAA poll.  Carolina and Virginia are the last two remaining unbeaten women’s teams in the ACC in dual match action as both teams are 2-0.  North Carolina is 4-1 overall in dual meets and Virginia is 3-1.  Again, both teams have gone up against some of the top teams in the nation.  Carolina’s dual meet docket has included #1 Georgia, #7 Tennessee and #19 Louisville.  The Cavaliers have competed against #9 Michigan, #16 NC State and #17 Penn State.

The Tar Heel women lead the all-time series 24-15. Virginia defeated the Tar Heels last year in Chapel Hill 152-146.

Real time results for Saturday’s meet can be found on the Virginia website at this link.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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