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Oct. 31, 2015


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ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving team finished day one action against Michigan and Penn State Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) at the Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Cavaliers picked up seven event wins.

After the first day of action, the No 4 Cavalier women lead Michigan, 94-73, and Penn State, 117-50. The Virginia men lead Penn State, 107-60, but trail Michigan, 118-48.

The Cavaliers opened up the meet with a win in the women’s 200 free relay in a time of 1:31.04. The foursome featured freshman Kasey Schmidt (Saint Augustine, Fla.), junior Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom), sophomore Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) and senior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Michigan).

Junior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh) followed with a win in the women’s 500 free in 4:41.57, while freshman Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.) captured first in the women’s 100 breast in 1:01.61, which ranks sixth on UVA’s all-time top-10 list. Senior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) touched first in the men’s 100 breast in 54.48.

Bartholomew also won the women’s 200 back in 1:54.06, while sophomore Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass) placed first in the women’s 200 fly in 1:58.79.

In women’s 3-meter diving, freshman Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) won with a score of 298.60.

The trio of schools continue action Sunday (Nov. 1) at 11 a.m.

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