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Dec. 6, 2014


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ATHENS, Ga.–The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving team broke three more school records on the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational Saturday (Dec. 6) at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Cavaliers have now broken eight school records through two days.

After two days, Virginia’s women are in third with 483 points, behind California (620) and Georgia (587), but ahead of Auburn (246), Penn State (243) and Florida State (158). The UVa men (323) are fourth, behind Georgia (611), Cal (594), Auburn (416), but ahead of Penn State (243) and Florida State (158).

“Overall we had another good day with a few more school records and a bunch of best times,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “We need to work on swimming faster at night, but we have probably our best day tomorrow, so we are looking to end the meet on a high note.”

To start off the finals session, the women’s 200 medley relay of junior Courtney Bartholomew, sophomore Laura Simon, senior Ellen Williamson and sophomore Ellen Thomas touched first and broke the school record in an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 1:36.07.

Junior Yannick Kaeser placed second in the men’s 100 breast in a school-record time of 52.47, breaking Olympic champion Ed Moses’ mark of 52.60, set in 2000, which was the oldest school record on the board.

“It felt pretty good obviously,” Kaeser said. “This was one of my goals for this season along with getting faster in the 200. I can still do a better job with my turns, as I missed the first wall again tonight, so it is good to know that I have more to work on so I can go even faster.

“I knew of Ed Moses when I was growing up in Switzerland because he held a bunch of short-course meter world records, so it is a great feeling to be able to break his UVa record.”

Simon captured the women’s 100 breast title in 59.41, while Bartholomew claimed the women’s 100 back championship in 50.39.

The women’s 800 free relay of sophomore Leah Smith, junior Hanne Borgersen, sophomore Kaitlyn Jones and Williamson placed third in an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 7:05.85.

In the women’s 100 fly, Thomas placed fifth in a time of 52.49, third on UVa’s all-time list. In prelims, Williamson broke school record in a time of 52.03, while freshman Jennifer Marrkand (52.91) and Jones (52.93) now rank fifth and sixth on the school’s all-time ledger. Sophomore Shannon Rauth went 53.37 in the B final to reach eighth on UVa’s all-time list.

Smith placed fourth in the women’s 400 free in 1:44.53.

In diving, junior Carl Buergler (338.25), senior JB Kolod (329.95) and Colby Shinholser (322.15) placed 6-7-8 on the men’s 3-meter boards, respectively. In women’s 1-meter diving, junior Becca Corbett placed seventh with 256.50 points, while freshman Emily Langworthy was 16th with 239.10.

Senior Shaun Casey placed sixth in the women’s 400 IM in a time of 4:10.71, while Jones finished eighth in 4:11.29. In prelims, Jones set a time of 4:08.55, the third-fastest time on UVa’s all-time list.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, the team of sophomore Zach Bunner, junior Yannick Kaeser and sophomores Adam Whitener and Matt Lockman placed sixth in 1:28.14.

The men’s 800 free relay of sophomore Austin Quinn, freshman Omer Tara and juniors Rodney Fentress and Greg Stoffa finished seventh in 6:36.37.

Quinn placed eighth in the men’s 400 IM in 3:52.61. In prelims, he went 3:48.45, 10th on UVa’s all-time list.

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