Virginia Racks Up Solid Performances in State College
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams racked up solid performances on the first day of a weekend quad meet on the campus of Penn State.
The women lead Michigan State (123.5-43.5) and Purdue (112-55) but trail host Penn State, 106-60.
The women were led by Jenn Narum, who won the 500 free (4:50.73) and rookie Liz Shaw, who claimed the 200 fly (1:59.08).
Fellow rookie Claire Crippen also posted a second-place finish in the 200 I.M. Stephanie Glover was second in the 100 free (50.95), followed by Jess Lewis in third (51.44).
The women’s 200 free relay squad (Glover, Amber Bialas, Hannah Davis, Nancy Baar) finished second behind Penn State with a mark of 1:33.96. The 400 medley relay team (Mei Christensen, Freeman, Glover, Lewis) also placed second, finishing in a time of 3:45.63.
The men lead Michigan State 104.5 and are knotted with Penn State at 83.5.
Virginia finished 1-2-3 in the 500 freestyle, led by first-place finisher Matt McLean, who racked up a time of 4:26.23. Darren Ankosko was second (4:28.07) and Taylor Smith placed third (4:30.11).
McLean went on to place second in the 100 free with a time of 45.66. John Azar finished second in the 200 I.M. (1:52.24) and Lee Robertson placed second in the 200 fly (1:49.54).
PJ Sullivan also was second in the 100 breast (57.52), followed in third by Azar (57.95). Additionally, Kenton Harris was second in the 200 back in a mark of 1:50.50.
The men’s 200 freestyle relay team placed second behind the host Nittany Lions, finishing with a time of 1:23.86. The 400 medley relay team (Bryan Stahl, Azar, Robertson, McLean) also tallied a second-place finish behind PSU, finishing with a time of 3:23.19.
On the boards, freshman Nathan Parker led Virginia with a fifth-place finish.
The meet concludes Saturday at 11 a.m.