UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fared well it is first of two days competing in a dual meet against Penn State in University Park, Pa. The Cavalier women clocked five NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards on Friday.
The women got off to a fast start, winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.74, an NCAA ‘B’ time. The squad included freshman Meredith Perdue, senior Mei Christensen, junior Hannah Davis and junior Kristen Moores.
Perdue went on to win the 100 free (49.97, ‘B) and Christensen took first-place honors in the 200 back (1:56.43, ‘B’).
Junior Liz Shaw was a double-event winner in the 200 IM (2:03.19) and the 200 fly (1:57.99, ‘B’) and freshman Christine Olson also won the 100 breast (1:04.30).
Senior Jen Narum led a 1-2-3 finish for the Cavaliers in the 500 free, touching in an NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:50.46. Teammate Jenna Harris (4:52.45) was second and Katya Bachrouche (4:53.38) placed third.
The 400 medley relay capped the night with as Virginia finished 1-2 in the event. The team of Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Lauren Smart and Kelly Flynn took top honors, clocking a mark of 3:43.19, just .01 away from another ‘B’ standard. Meanwhile, Jenny Lewis, Olson, Shaw and Perdue placed second in 3:45.78.
For the men, Matt McLean led a trio of Cavaliers in the 500 free, recording an NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:28.13. Taylor Smith finished second (4:29.86) and Garrett Wren was third (4:31.94).
Senior John Azar also led UVa to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM, winning the event in 1:50.55, in front of Tim Hayes (1:52.69) and newcomer Matt Houser (1:52.88). Azar went on to win the 100 breast in 56.84.
Other event winners for the men included Scot Robison in the 100 free (44.78) and the 400 medley relay team of Eric Olesen, Azar, Robison and McLean (3:20.50).
The meet will conclude Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. from McCoy Natatorium.