Virginia Falls to North Carolina on Senior Day
Jan. 24, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams picked up 11 event wins, but fell to North Carolina on Senior Day Saturday (Jan. 24) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
The No. 6 Cavalier women (3-2) fell to No. 18 Tar Heels (5-1), 156.5-143.5, while the UVa men (1-5) dropped a 192-106 decision to No. 20 UNC (4-2).
The women’s meet came down to the final event, the 400 free relay, where the Cavalier team of sophomores Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.), Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom) needed to pull out a win, but placed second in 3:22.42.
In the first men’s event of the day, senior JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led a 1-2-3 UVa finish in 3-meter diving with a score of 382.50. Juniors Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) and Jordan Sacks (Wilmette, Ill.) placed second and third with scores of 369.23 and 349.73, respectively. Kolod and Buergler went 2-3 in the 1-meter event with scores of 332.18 and 306.15.
The women’s 200 medley relay of junior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.), sophomore Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany), senior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) and Thomas broke the AFC pool record in 1:39.02.
Bartholomew set AFC pool records in both the women’s 100 and 200 back, winning in 51.56 and 1:54.03, respectively. She also touched first in the 200 IM in 1:59.82, with Williamson finishing second in 2:01.36.
Smith and freshman Jessie Gvozdas (Henrico, Va.) went 1-2 in the women’s 1,650 free in 16:18.22 and 16:53.90, respectively. Smith also picked up the win in the 500 free in 4:45.01.
Simon swept the women’s breaststroke events, winning the 200 in an AFC pool-record time of 2:12.22, while touching first in the 100 in 1:01.37. On the men’s side, junior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) swept the men’s 100 and 200 breast events in 54.78 and 1:59.67, respectively.
Williamson won the women’s 100 fly in 53.85, while sophomore Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) finished second in 54.49.
Freshman Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) touched second in the men’s 1,650 free in 15:16.90.
In women’s 1-meter diving, junior Becca Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) placed third with a score of 263.55. She also placed third on 3-meter with a score of 310.72.
Next up, the Cavalier swimmers will travel to Christiansburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Invitational Feb. 7-8, while the UVa divers will host the Cavalier Diving Invitational Feb. 7 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center at noon.