McLean, Perdue, Men's 800 FR Win Titles on Day Two of Georgia Invite
ATHENS, Ga. – Fourth year Matt McLean and second year Lauren Perdue captured individual titles in the 200 freestyle, while the men’s 800 freestyle relay team also won as day two of the Georgia Invitational continued Saturday in Athens, Ga.
The Virginia women moved into third place with 387.5 points, trailing Georgia (835) and Auburn (541.5). The Cavalier men remained in fourth place (424) behind Auburn (750.5), Georgia (603) and Minnesota (493.5).
McLean won his second individual title of the meet with a NCAA ‘B’ cut of 1:34.90 to win the 200 freestyle; he also won the 500 freestyle on Friday. Classmate Scot Robison took second in the event with another ‘B’ time of 1:36.15, while David Karasek (1:38.89) placed fourth overall.
Perdue claimed the 200 freestyle in a NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:44.12, just .10 second off an ‘A’ cut. Teammate Kristen Moores won the consolation final in 1:47.34, also a ‘B’ cut.
The Virginia men capped day two with a victory in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Peter Geissinger, Robison, David Karasek and McLean took first-place honors in a ‘B’ time of 6:29.85.
The Cavalier women also had solid performances in the 800 freestyle relay, with two different squads placing among the top-4. Kelly Flynn, Perdue, Anne Summer Myers and Hannah Davis teamed up to take third in 7:16.85. Liz Shaw, Moores, Katya Bachrouche and Anna Dobben finished in 7:16.88 to place fourth; both were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
The women’s 200 medley relay team recorded a third-place finish with a ‘B’ time of 1:40.14. Charlotte Clarke, Flynn, Emily Lloyd and Perdue made up the relay squad for the Orange and Blue.
The men’s 200 medley relay team also tallied a ‘B’ cut with its fifth-place finish. Jack Murfee, Taylor Grey, Robison and Geissinger touched in 1:29.29.
Three Cavaliers participated in the finals of the women’s 400 individual medley, led by fourth year Claire Crippen’s second-place performance. Crippen (4:09.83) was followed by classmate Katya Bachrouche (4:14.07) in third and fellow fourth year Anne Summer Myers (4:16.66) in fifth. All three times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
Second years Matthew Houser (3:55.95) and Nick Montes de Oca (3:58.62) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 400 IM. Timmy Hayes (3:57.27) finished 10th while swimming in the consolation finals.
Lloyd tallied a fourth-place finish to lead the way in the women’s 100 butterfly, touching in 54.82. Riley Flanagan (54.91) won the consolation finals to earn a ninth-place finish and was followed by Shaw (55.08) in 10th.
Geissinger led the Virginia men in the 100 butterfly, finishing fifth in 48.99. Murray went on to place 10th with a time of 49.35.
Flynn placed fifth in the women’s 100 breast with a NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:02.01, while Amanda Faulkner (1:03.78) finished 13th.
Grey took seventh in the men’s 100 breast, touching in 56.09, while Tom Casey (55.91) and Hayes (57.08) placed ninth and 13th, respectively, swimming in the consolation finals.
The Cavalier women had four swimmers in the consolation finals of the 100 backstroke. Third year Erika Stewart won the heat in a NCAA ‘B’ time of 54.79. Stewart was followed by Clarke (11th, 55.15, ‘B’), Jenny Lewis (14th, 55.53) and Jane Munro (15th, 55.71).
Murray led the way in the 100 backstroke for the Virginia men, finishing sixth with a time of 49.11. Murfee also touched in 49.11 to win the consolation finals and place ninth overall, while David Wren (50.71) took 15th.
The third and final day of the Georgia Invitational is set for Sunday with preliminaries at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. The 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly will be contested.