Virginia Earns Victories at Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both earned victories over Penn State in a two-day dual meet that concluded Saturday at McCoy Natatorium in University Park, Pa. The Cavalier women defeated Penn State 183-156 while the men knocked off the Nittany Lions, 210.5-153.5.
The women started the second day on a high note, finishing 1-2 in the 200 medley relay. The team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Lauren Smart and Anna Dobben touched first in 1:42.64, an NCAA ‘B’ mark. Teammates Jenny Lewis, Christine Olson, Liz Shaw and Hannah Davis finished second in 1:44.84.
Christensen (54.32, ‘B’), Smart (54.79, ‘B’) and Faulkner (57.62) went 1-2-3 in the 100 back, while Lauren Perdue won the 50 free in 23.44 and the 200 free in 1:47.26, an NCAA ‘B’ mark.
In the 1000 free, senior Jenna Harris touched first in 9:58.87 and classmate Jen Narum was second with a time of 10:01.77.
The Cavalier women then went 1-2-3 in two more events that were exhibitioned. Olson (2:17.02), Claire Crippen (2:19.83) and McDonnell (2:20.06) led the way in the 200 breast and Smart (54.64), Shaw (55.51) and Christensen (55.64) paced the field in the 200 fly.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Lauren Perdue, Smart, Dobben and Meredith Perdue touched first in 3:23.24, another ‘B’ mark, but that race was also exhibitioned.
The men’s 200 medley relay team of Eric Olesen, John Azar, Dan McMahon and Peter Geissinger took first-place honors, touching in 1:32.43.
Azar went on to lead a 1-2-3 finish for the Cavaliers in the 200 breast with a winning time of 2:03.51. Tim Hayes was second (2:04.98) and Doug Eden placed third (2:08.17).
Taylor Smith also led a trio of Cavaliers in the 1000 free, winning the event in 9:11.00. Teammates Matt McLean (9:13.23) and Garrett Wren (9:28.58) finished second and third, respectively.
Other event winners for the Virginia men included Olesen in the 100 back (50.42), Scot Robison in the 100 fly (49.14), McLean in the 200 free (1:40.03) and Hayes in the 200 IM (4:00.53), a race that was cxhibitioned.
Like the women, the Cavalier men claimed the 400 free relay in exhibition. The team of Azar, Geissinger, Zach Kohl and Robison clocked an NCAA ‘B’ mark of 2:59.79 in the event.
Virginia is back in action when it hosts the UVa Invitational Dec. 3-5 at the Aquatic and Fitness center.