Virginia Competes at Pittsburgh Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams close the regular season Sunday with a 1 p.m. meet at Pittsburgh. The competition will be held at Pitt’s Trees Pool. The women are currently tied for 10th in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, while the Cavalier men are ranked 13th.
The meet against Pittsburgh will be a 13-event format, swimming 100s of each stroke in addition to the 200 medley and free relays.
“It will be interesting because I am not sure we are as prepared to sprint this week as we will be three or four weeks from now,” head coach Mark Bernardino said of the format. “It will be a good test for us. We have to be prepared to swim in different races than we have in the last two months.”
Both Virginia squads are coming off strong victories last weekend against ACC foes North Carolina and Duke. The men defeated UNC 156-144, winning the last event of the day, the 400 free relay, to take the meet. The Cavaliers had three double-event individual winners in Matt McLean (200 and 500 free), Ryan Hurley (100 and 200 breast), and Scot Robison (50 and 100 free). The Virginia women swept multiple events in their 182.5-117.5 win against the Tar Heels, including the 500 free, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 IM events. Double-event individual winners included Mei Christensen (100 and 200 back) and Katherine McDonnell (100 and 200 breast) led the women.
On Sunday, the Cavalier men earned a 169-126 win over the Blue Devils. Hurley had another dominant performance winning the 100 and 200 breast events for the second straight day and was tabbed the ACC performer of the week. Megan Evo led the Cavalier women to a 169-126 victory against the Blue Devils earning the top spot in both the 100 and 200 fly events. Lauren Smart was also a double-event winner as she won the 100 back and tied with teammate Liz Shaw for first place in the 200 back and McDonnell went on to claim the 100 and 200 breast for the second straight day.
The Virginia divers also had a strong performance against Duke as third-year Alex D’Ambrosio set a school record on the 3-meter board (371.02).
The Pittsburgh men’s and women’s teams, meanwhile, are both coming off third-place finishes in the Maryland Invitational where they competed against the host Terps, Penn State and Villanova. Diver Alex Volvetski had a strong performance for the Pitt men at the Maryland Invitational, earning two first-place finishes in the 1M (348.2) and 3M (366.35).
“They are historically a powerful program and have won a vast majority of Big East titles,” Bernardino said of Pitt. “They have always been a good match-up for us. I think they are probably in a little bit of a rebuilding mode with a young team this year, but nonetheless they are a good team.”
On the season, sophomore Katie Cutrell is third in the 500 free (4:51.66) 1650 free (16:44.67) on the Big East’s top times list. Freshman Alex Navarro is fifth in the men’s 200 free (1:39.77) and sixth in the 500 free (4:32.10) on the league’s top performances list. Rousseau Kluever (3:58.21) and Jon Buchanan (3:58.29) also rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 IM.
Volvetski tops the conference’s list in both diving events. He earned a score of 422.92 on the 1-meter board and a 392.55 on the 3-meter board at Cincinnati back in November.
Last year in Charlottesville, Virginia defeated the Panthers 157-136 (women) and 159-132 (men).