Virginia Welcomes Pittsburgh for Saturday Dual Meet
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams welcome Pittsburgh for the first home dual meet of the season Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. Diving events will begin at 9:30 a.m., with swimming events to commence at 11 a.m., and admission to all meets is free. Live results will also be linked on VirginiaSports.com.
The meet will also be part of Cavman’s Crew Day at the AFC, featuring free face painting from 11-12:30 p.m. Bracelets will also be given to the first 250 fans.
“I think we are going to be extremely overjoyed to swim in our home facility,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “It’s been a unique year and we have been road warriors. It will be nice to have our last two at home before we go on the road again. I’m hopeful that swimming in familiar surroundings, in front of an enthusiastic home crowd will energize our athletes and help get us off to a good start.”
The 11th-ranked Virginia women are undefeated in dual meets this season with a 6-0 record, most recently coming off wins at Duke and North Carolina last weekend. Junior Lauren Perdue was named the ACC women’s performer of the week after winning with 50 and 100 freestyle events and anchoring the 400 freestyle relay in UVa’s triumph at UNC. Sophomore Charlotte Clarke also won two events – the 100 and 200 backstroke – against the Tar Heels.
The Pitt women are 4-5 in dual meet competition and most recently split a double dual meet against No. 22 Maryland (L, 222-131) and Richmond (W, 240-113) on Jan. 13-14. Junior Joanna Budzis had a solid outing with three individual event wins in the 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley.
“They have been a traditional power in the Big East for the better part of three decades and have a very storied program,” Bernardino said of Pitt. “We really enjoy the competition with their athletes; they are a well-coached team and do a lot of things the right way. They compete consistently well. Of course they are soon to join the ACC and we have established a great tradition with a team that will soon be part of our conference family.”
The Cavalier men are ranked No. 15 in the latest polls and are 3-3 in dual meets on the year. Virginia knocked off Duke last weekend before falling at UNC, 166-134. Against the Tar Heels, sophomores Jan Daniec and Taylor Grey each captured two event wins. Daniec touched first in the 500 freestyle and 1000 freestyle while Grey won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
The Panther men are 4-3 in dual meets and are coming off a win against Maryland (193.5-159.5) at home two weeks ago. Junior Huessein Medhat-Mohamed was a double-event winner against the Terps, taking the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events.