Cavaliers Dominate at Navy Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- The Virginia swimming and diving teams put together some excellent performances at the Navy Invitational, coming home with 27 first-place finishes. The event was not team scored; only individual results were kept.
The women placed 1-2 in the 200 free relay, with times of 1:34.80 and 1:35.80. Then, the Cavaliers dominated in the 200 IM, with Claire Crippen, Megan Evo, Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Amanda Faulker, and Ellie Freeman taking the first six spots. Crippen won the event in 2:03.71. Claire Gladun won the 500 free, touching at 4:55.42. She was followed by Leslie Swinley, Anne Summer Myers, and Kristen Moores for top-four Cavalier finish. Jenna Harris took top honors in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.48 while Mei Christensen placed first in the 200 back, with a time of 2:00.13. Katherine McDonnell won the 100 breast with a time of 2:20.30.
Rookie Liz Shaw had multiple victories, winning the 200 fly in 1:59.49, and leading the group of five Cavaliers. Her second win came in the 400 IM with a time of 4:18.00. Fourth-year co-captains Stephanie Glover and Jessica Lewis put in some solid performances, each winning two events. Glover touched first in the 100 back, finishing well ahead of the pack in 57.23. She also dominated in the 100 fly, touching at 56.00, in front of teammate Megan Evo. Lewis won the 100 free, finishing in 51.92 and spearheading a 1-2-3-4-5 finish for Virginia. She also won the 50 free in 23.46.
The men placed first in the 200 free relay, touching at 1:22.87. In the 200 IM, the Cavaliers took the first 5 spots with John Azar, Tim Hayes, Pat Reams, PJ Sullivan, and Tony Colella leading the rest of the field. John Azar won the event in 1:52.23. Matt McLean led his teammates in the 500 free, winning in 4:29.05. Darren Ankosko, Garrett Wren, and John Snawerdt were right behind him for a 1-2-3-4 Cavalier finish. Bryan Stahl bested second-place Tony Colella and third-place Bjorn Falk in the 100 back, winning it in 49.91. In the 200 fly, Dan McMahon placed first, touching at 1:49.65. PJ Sullivan led the field in the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.65.
Scot Robison took top honors three times in the meet, first in the 100 free, finishing in 45.96. He then won the 200 free with a time of 1:40.86 and the 50 free in 20.84. Eric Olesen also placed first in two events: the 100 fly with a time of 49.76 and the 200 back in 1:52.73.
The Cavaliers will have at least 18 days of rest before the ACC Championships in Atlanta, Ga. The women’s meet is up first March 20-22.