Virginia Women Register Win at Navy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team registered a dual meet victory at Navy Friday, coming away with a 159-124 win. Meanwhile, the Cavalier men fell to the Midshipmen, 159-139, in a meet contested in short course meters.
“On the women side, we swam reasonably well,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We swam with confidence. The upperclassmen provided solid leadership and we did a reasonably good job of executing our race plan.
“On the men’s side, we were out-performed, out-executed, out-swum out-coached,” Bernardino continued. “We took a beating that we haven’t suffered in a long time.”
The Virginia women went 1-2-3 in six individual events against Navy. Sophomore Rachel Naurath placed first in the 800-meter freestyle (8:38.57) and the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.41), two UVa sweeps.
Sophomore Hillary Petersen was second in the 800-meter freestyle (8:49.08) followed by freshman Kelly Offutt in third (8:53.75). Newcomer Emily Dicus placed second in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.25) and senior Meredith Perdue (2:04.98) took third.
Naurath went on to win her third individual event of the night in the 100-meter butterfly (1:01.87) but the race was exhibitioned.
Freshman Alison Haulsee won the 200-meter butterfly, touching in 2:13.22. Classmates Sarah White (2:17.58) and Shaun Casey (2:18.14) were second and third, respectively.
In the 50-meter freestyle, senior Kelly Flynn took first-place honors with a winning time of 26.54. She was followed by sophomores Emily Lloyd (26.56) and Dana Nessler (26.96). Lloyd then led a 1-2-3 Virginia finish in the 100-meter freestyle, touching in 56.89. Flynn was second (57.53) and Dicus was third (58.15).
Sophomore Charlotte Clarke won both the 100-meter (1:01.09) and 200-meter (2:14.31) backstroke events. Freshman Ellen Williamson placed second in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.54) while sophomore Riley Flanagan (2:17.84) finished second and White (2:17.98) third in the 200-meter backstroke.
Junior Christine Olson was also a double-event winner, taking both the 100-meter breaststroke (1:11.47) and 200-meter breaststroke (2:31.35) races.
Offutt went on to post the fastest time in the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.95) while Flynn touched first in the 200 IM (2:19.07). Both of those events were exhibitioned for the Cavaliers.
Virginia’s 200-meter medley relay team of Clarke, Flynn, Williamson and Perdue took first-place honors to open the meet in a winning time of 1:56.17. The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Perdue, Nessler, Haulsee and Flanagan touched first in 3:53.75, a race that was also exhibitioned.
The Cavalier men also capped the meet with a victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Tom Barrett, Peter Geissinger, David Karasek and Matt Murray touched in 3:27.19.
Virginia was strong on the boards against Navy. Freshman JB Kolod won both the 3-meter (332.25) and 1-meter (345.75) events while senior Briggy Imbriglia took second on the 3-meter board with a score of 319.28.
Sophomore Jan Daniec won the 800-meter freestyle in a winning time of 8:06.98 and classmate Bradley Phillips placed second in 8:16.02. The pair then swapped places in the 400-meter freestyle with Phillips winning in 3:56.43. Daniec was second with a mark of 3:56.81.
Murray also recorded a first-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke (56.91) and placed second in the 200-meter backstroke (2:02.81).
“Both teams are very young,” Bernardino said. “The bottom line is, it’s going to take some time for both these teams to come around and gel.”
The Cavaliers are back in action Nov. 18-19 with a double dual meet against Big Ten foes Penn State and Indiana. The meet will be contested in University Park, Pa.