Virginia Nabs More ?B? Cuts in Wins Over VT and Princeton
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams recorded victories over Virginia Tech and Princeton Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Senior Liz Shaw and sophomore Lauren Perdue paced the women to 968 points over two days of competition. Virginia Tech finished with 619.5 points and Princeton had 567.5. The Virginia men tallied 939.5 points to finish ahead of the Hokies (718) and Tigers (478.5).
“Overall, I thought it was pretty respectable and a very positive performance,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said of the meet. “We were a little out of gas this morning and I thought we would be better than we were. It took a lot of people until their second swim to be able to find the right rhythm and right pace. I don’t know if it was the compact nature of the meet or whether the way we warmed up. But, I thought it was a very successful weekend and we have a lot to be happy about.”
Perdue nabbed another NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 100 freestyle, finishing in a winning time of 49.67. Teammates Emily Lloyd (50.86) and Kristen Moores (51.25) placed second and third, respectively.
Shaw also recorded a ‘B’ cut, winning the 200 butterfly in a mark of 1:59.34. Freshman Rachel Naurath (2:02.59) finished second.
The Cavalier men also had a strong showing, sweeping the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 1650 freestyle events.
Sophomore Matt Murray claimed first-place honors in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.85. Parker Camp (1:49.15) took second and David Wren (1:49.65) finished third. In the 100 freestyle, team captains Scot Robison (44.63), Matt McLean (45.07) and Peter Geissinger (45.72) went 1-2-3 for the Cavaliers.
McLean also won the 1650 free in a time of 15:12.86, while Jon Daniec (15:23.39) took second and Taylor Smith (15:27.97) was third. All three marks were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
“I really thought some of our mile swims were excellent,” Bernardino said. “I also thought our backstrokers were very, very good up and down the line for both the men and the women.”
Other individual event winners for the Orange and Blue included freshman Taylor Grey and senior Anne Summer Myers. Grey placed first in the men’s 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:01.04. Myers also touched first in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:19.96.
Both the Cavalier men’s and women’s squads ended the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. Lauren Perdue, Meredith Perdue, Moores and Anna Dobben led the women, finishing in 3:24.40. Zach Kohl, Geissinger, Robison and David Karasek touched first for the men (3:24.40). Both were NCAA ‘B’ times.
Virginia returns to the pool next weekend (Nov. 19-20) when it welcomes Indiana and Penn State for another two-day meet.