No. 11 Cavalier Women Defeat No. 15 North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -The 11th-ranked Virginia women defeated No. 15 North Carolina 185-113 in a conference dual meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cavaliers improved to 7-1 in dual meets this year, including an undefeated mark of 4-0 against ACC foes.
In the win against the Tar Heels, senior Mei Christensen posted an NCAA ‘A’ cut with her win in the 100 back, clocking a time of 52.93. That mark also set the pool record. She went on to win the 200 back with a mark of 1:56.30, an NCAA ‘B’ time.
Freshman Lauren Perdue set UVa school records in two events as she picked wins in the 50 free (22.40, ‘B’) and also set the school and UNC pool record in the 100 free with a winning time of 48.78, another ‘B’ mark. The previous Virginia records were both set in 2009 by Christensen (22.42, 48.99).
Virginia’s 200 medley relay team of Christensen, Ellie Freeman, Lauren Smart and Perdue teamed up to take first place in the event with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:39.38.
Senior Jen Narum led the way in the 1000 free, clocking a winning time of 9:49.37, while Katya Bachrouche finished second in 9:57.41. Narum went on to take first-place honors in the 500 free with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 4:49.16.
The Cavaliers also went 1-2 in the 100 breast. Christine Olson won the event with a time of 1:03.31 while teammate Ellie Freeman placed second in 1:03.67. Olson also finished second in the 200 breast, clocking a ‘B’ time of 2:14.65.
Smart paced Virginia in the 100 fly (53.99, ‘B’) while Shaw finished second (54.55, ‘B’) in the event. Shaw, a junior, also claimed victories in the 200 fly (1:57.44, ‘B’) and the 200 IM (2:01.65, ‘B’). In addition, teammate Amanda Faulkner finished second in the 200 IM (2:03.05).
The Cavalier women ended strong, going 1-2 in the 400 free relay. The team of Kelly Flynn, Christensen, Moores and Perdue won the event in an NCAA ‘B’ time of 3:19.77. Hannah Davis, Anna Dobben, Meredith Perdue and Olson teamed up to finish second, also posting a ‘B’ time of 3:24.67.
The Cavaliers return to action next Friday (Jan. 29) at Navy. The meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Annapolis, Md.