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ATHENS, Ga. – Second year Lauren Perdue broke her own school record in the 100 freestyle as competition concluded Sunday at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga. The ninth-ranked Virginia women finished third and the 11th-ranked men placed fourth.

Perdue recorded a NCAA ‘B’ time of 48.16 in the event to finish second behind Auburn’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (47.44, ‘A’). Perdue’s time broke her previous mark of 48.61, which she set during the preliminaries of the NCAA Championships in March. She also broke her own school record in the 50 freestyle (22.16) on Friday.

The Cavalier women earned a total of 655.5 points over the course of the three-day meet. Second-ranked and host Georgia took top honors with 1115 points, followed by No. 10 Auburn in second with 769.5 points.

The Virginia men were fourth overall with 651 points. No. 7 Auburn won the meet with 1101.5 points while Georgia (832) and Minnesota (707.5), which share the No. 13 ranking, placed second and third, respectively.

Both Cavalier squads ended the meet with solid performances in the 400 freestyle relay. The men’s team of Matt McLean, Peter Geissinger, Scot Robison and David Karasek placed second in a NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:56.92. The women’s squad of Perdue, Kristen Moores, Emily Lloyd and Hannah Davis earned a third-place finish in a ‘B’ time of 3:16.62.

The Virginia women had four top-10 finishes in the 1650 freestyle, the first event of the afternoon. Fourth year Anne Summer Myers led the pack with a third-place finish in 16:20.68. She was followed by classmates Claire Crippen (16:23.63) in fourth and Katya Bachrouche (16:28.64) in fifth. First year Rachel Naurath placed seventh in 16:32.12; all four times were NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Fourth year Taylor Smith (15:17.46) led the Virginia men in the mile, recording a fourth-place finish. First years Brad Phillips (16:26.75) and Jon Daniec (15:27.42) placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Each of those times were also NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Third year Erika Stewart swam in the finals of the 200 backstroke, taking seventh in 1:58.15, a NCAA ‘B’ time. Teammate Caroline Kenney was 15th overall (1:59.83).

The Cavalier men had five swimmers in either the final or consolation final of the 200 backstroke. Second year Matthew Murray was fifth in 1:47.27 while classmate Brady Fox took sixth in 1:48.15. Parker Camp (10th, 1:48.17), David Wren (11th, 1:48.56) and Nathan Vredeveld (12th, 1:49.10) each competed in the consolation final.

Emily Lloyd (49.99, ‘B’) was seventh overall in the 200 freestyle, joining Perdue in the finals. Moores (49.70, ‘B’) and Davis (50.34) placed 10th and 12th, respectively.

Robison earned third-place honors in the men’s 100 freestyle with a ‘B’ time of 43.88. Geissinger was 16th (45.93) while swimming in the consolation finals.

Third year Kelly Flynn took second in the women’s 200 breaststroke (2:12.91, ‘B’), while Crippen (2:16.53) finished seventh and Myers (2:15.71) was ninth.

First year Taylor Grey earned a fourth-place finish for the men in the 200 breast with a NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:59.71. Timmy Hayes was 10th in 2:03.02 and Nick Montes de Oca was 15th in 2:06.25.

Three Cavalier women earned spots in the 200 butterfly final. Naurath (1:57.76) and Shaw (1:58.17) placed second and third, respectively, while Bachrouche (2:00.10) turned in a sixth-place showing. Riley Flangan (1:59.95) won the consolation final; all four times were NCAA ‘B’ marks.

McLean tallied a fifth-place performance in the men’s 200 butterfly (1:47.62, ‘B’) and Matthew Houser (1:47.58, ‘B’) was 10th overall. Nathan Hart (1:49.80) was 12th and Cody Brunette (1:52.16) finished 15th.

Virginia does not swim again until Jan. 8 in a dual meet at Tennessee. The Cavalier divers, who did not compete in Athens, head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the three-day Tennessee Invitational Jan. 3-5, 2011.

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