Virginia Women Shine in Second Day of Georgia Invitational
ATHENS, Ga.– The second day of the Georgia Invitational saw some solid performances, as Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted eight NCAA B’ qualifying standards and one automatic qualifying time. The women stand in second place, with 614 points, while the men have moved up to third place, racking up 492 points after 28 events.
First-year Claire Crippen automatically qualified for the NCAA championships with a winning time of 4:11.87 in the 400 IM, beating the second-place Georgia swimmer by almost four seconds. Liz Shaw placed third in the event, posting a NCAA B’ time of 4.19.75. Virginia five of the top 8 places in the event, with Jenn Narum, Anne Summer Myers, and Amanda Faulkner placing sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
The women posted three NCAA B’ standard times in the 200 free. Jenna Harris led the Cavaliers, touching at 1:48.51. Evo was right behind her with a B’ cut of 1:48.64. Kristen Moores also met the B’ standard in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.41, followed by Jess Lewis who clocked in at 1:50.11. Evo posted another B’ time in the preliminaries of the 100 free, placing second with a time of 54.88.
Ellie Freeman swam a B’ qualifying time of 1:03.32 in the 100 breast, placing fourth in the finals. Mei Christensen placed third in the 100 back, posting another NCAA B’ cut of 54.94. She was followed by Amanda Faulkner, who placed fourth in a time of 56.35.
The team of Evo, Harris, Jess Lewis, and Moores also swam an NCAA B’ standard in the 800 free relay, touching at 7:19.00 and finishing in second place.
PJ Sullivan put some points on the board for Virginia in the 100 breast, placing third with a time of 56.51. Bryan Stahl also performed well, the second-place finisher in the 100 back with a time of 49.45.
The meet concludes Sunday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.