Cavalier, Karasek Selected as ACC Performers of the Week
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia swimmers Meredith Cavalier (Stafford, Va.) and David Karasek (Meisterschwanden, Switzerland) were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference performers of the week, the league office announced Tuesday. Both student-athletes turned in lifetime bests at the Georgia Invitational over the weekend.
Cavalier, a junior, set lifetime bests in all three of her individual events. She won the 200 backstroke with time of 1:54.09, the second-fastest time in Virginia history. She also moved into third place on the all-time top times list in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 52.67, good enough for a sixth-place showing at the Georgia Invitational. In the 50 freestyle, Cavalier clocked a time of 22.81 in the preliminaries, which is the ninth-fastest in program history, and went on to finish sixth in the event in Athens. All three of her individual events were NCAA ‘B’ standards; she missed an ‘A’ cut in the 100 backstroke by .12 seconds. Both of Cavalier’s backstroke times are the fastest in the ACC this season.
Cavalier also was a member of four Virginia relays that collected NCAA ‘B’ cuts, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.57. She also led-off the fourth-place 400 freestyle (3:18.00) and fifth-place 200 medley (1:40.13) relay squads and swam the butterfly leg on the fifth-place 400 medley relay team (3:37.95). All four of those relays posted the best times in the ACC to date.
Karasek, a senior, was a finalist in three events at the Georgia Invitational and collected a lifetime best time in the 200 individual medley, finishing third in the event in 1:48.04. That time is the fastest in the conference this season. He also placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:36.77); both of those marks were NCAA ‘B’ standards. Karasek was seventh in the 100 freestyle (44.77) and 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:26.64).
Karasek swam on three Virginia relays that collected NCAA ‘B’ marks. He was part of the 400 freestyle relay that finished third in 2:58.01 and the 800 freestyle relay that was fifth in 6:34.27. Karasek was also part of UVa’s 200 freestyle relay that finished in 1:20.12 in a time trial.
Virginia will travel to Virginia Tech Jan. 11 for its first ACC dual meet of the season. The Hokies will play host to the conference championships in February.