Cavaliers Defeat Navy 160-128
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each picked up a victory over Navy in a dual meet Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Both the men’s and women’s squads earned a 160-128 win. The event was contested in meters.
“I thought we did really well,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “It’s hard to know exactly what each and every time means because it was in short course meters; I would say a lot of them are going to convert very well. They have some very good athletes at Navy. We have a lot more depth but they have a nice front line – both their men and women. We had some good races and we were hoping to get that, now we get ready to move forward for tomorrow and our last meet.”
The women’s 200-meter medley relay team picked up a victory, finishing in a time of 1:57.06; the UVa quartet included Lauren Smart, Kat McDonnell, Liz Shaw and Mei Christensen.
Virginia went 1-2-3 in the 800-meter free, with Joanna Thomas leading the way (8:50.84), followed by teammates Jenna Harris (8:54.52) and Leslie Swinley (9:00.58).
Freshman Lauren Perdue was a double-event winner in the 200-meter free (1:57.69) and 50-meter free (25.34). Junior Hannah Davis claimed the 100-meter free in a winning time of 57.16.
Christine Olson won the 100-meter breast with a mark of 1:12.55 while McDonnell went on to claim the 200-meter breast in 2:35.45.
The Cavalier women also went 1-2-3 in the 100 back. Smart took first-place honors, posting a winning time of 1:01.86. Meredith Cavalier (1:03.81) and Erika Stewart (1:04.19) finished second and third, respectively.
Other event winners for UVa included Claire Crippen in the 200-meter fly (2:16.09),
Christensen in the 200-meter back (2:14.42) and Jen Narum in the 400-meter free (4:15.79). Shaw (100-meter fly, 1:01.56) and Katya Bachrouche (200-meter IM, 2:19.12) were also victorious, but their races were exhibitioned.
The men’s 200-meter medley relay team claimed first-place honors, finishing in a time of 1:42.38. Eric Olesen, Simon Norstedt, Dan McMahon and Scot Robison took the win.
Junior Matt McLean won the 800-meter free in a winning time of 8:07.14, while Robison went on to take the victory in the 200-meter free with a mark of 1:49.38.
The Cavalier men went 1-2-3 in 100-meter back, paced by Olesen’s first-place finish of 56.41. David Wren (57.08) and Matt Murray (57.84) finished second and third, respectively. Virginia also recorded a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-meter back, led by Wren’s winning time of 2:02.49. Matt Houser placed second (2:04.86) and Daniel Johnson took third (2:05.50).
Senior John Azar was a double-event winner in the 100-meter breast (1:04.26) and 200-meter breast (2:16.98).
UVa had a trio of finishers in the 50-meter free, including Peter Geissinger’s winning time of 23.37. He was followed by teammates Danny Wall (23.84) and Zach Kohl (24.04). Geissinger won his second event of the night in the 100-meter free, posting a time of 51.12.
Other event winners for the Cavalier men included Taylor Smith in the 400-meter free (3:54.52) and Robison in the 100-meter fly (54.67), though his race was exhibitioned.
On the boards, sophomore Briggy Imbriglia won the 1-meter event with a score of 333.23 while teammate Alex D’Ambrosio placed second (310.73). Imbriglia went on to claim the 3-meter event with a score of 351, though it was exhibitioned.
Virginia will compete in its final dual meet of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Pittsburgh. The Cavaliers will honor their 15 seniors prior to the meet; diving events are scheduled to begin a 11:30 a.m. at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.