Virginia Splits with Virginia Tech
Jan. 17, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving team picked up 10 event wins on the final day of a two-day meet against Virginia Tech Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The No. 6 Cavalier women (3-1) defeated the Hokies (7-3), 243-110, while the No. 12 Virginia Tech men (9-1) were victorious, 218-135, over No. 21 UVa (1-4).
“Our target is the ACC Championships or NCAA Championships and while you are training hard for those targets, you have to race through a lot of pain and tired legs,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “I thought we did a better job of fighting through those obstacles today then we did last night and Monday morning, we go back to focusing on our main targets.”
To open the day, the women’s 200 medley relay team of junior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.), sophomore Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany), senior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) and freshman Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) touched first in a time of 1:40.35. The men’s team of sophomore Zach Bunner (Marietta, Ga.), junior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) and sophomores Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) placed second in 1:30.64.
In the women’s 1,000 free, sophomore Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won in a time of 9:47.27, while freshman Jessie Gvozdas (Henrico, Va.) placed third in 10:03.40. Brendan Casey touched second in the men’s 1,000 in 9:18.56.
Sophomore Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom) captured the women’s 50 free in 23.41, while Cooper was second in 23.68. In the men’s 50 free, senior Charlie Rommel (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Lockman finished second and third in 20.79 and 20.88, respectively.
Bartholomew touched first in the women’s 100 back in 52.60, ahead of freshman Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.), who was second in 55.82. Freshman Henrik Pohlmann (Beavercreek, Ohio) placed third in the men’s 100 back in 50.55.
Simon captured the women’s 200 breast in 2:12.99, while Kaeser claimed the men’s event in 2:02.15. Junior Eric Holden (Orange, Conn.) was third in the men’s race in 2:05.04.
The Cavaliers swept the women’s 100 fly, with Williamson winning in a time of 54.90, followed by Bartholomew (55.23) and Marrkand (55.29). On the men’s side, sophomore John Denning (Chesapeake, Va.) was third in 50.50.
In the 200 free, Quinn placed second in the men’s race in 1:39.83, while junior Hanne Borgersen (Frederick, Md.) and Thomas finished second and third in the women’s race in 1:50.66 and 1:51.44, respectively.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) led a 1-2-3 UVa sweep in the women’s 400 IM with a time of 4:19.95. Smith placed second in 4:22.64 and junior Haley Durmer (Decatur, Ga.) was third in 4:23.33. Casey won the men’s race in 3:59.71.
Virginia went 1-2 in the women’s 400 free relay with the team of Borgersen, Thomas, Williamson and Smith finishing in 3:23.68, just ahead of Cooper, Bartholomew, Jones and Marrkand in 3:23.80. The men’s team of freshman Nicholas Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Lockman, Quinn and freshman Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed second in 3:02.96.
Next up, the Cavaliers host North Carolina in their final dual meet of the season on Jan. 24 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.