Virginia Women Defeat Michigan and Penn State, Men Earn Split
Nov. 1, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-The No. 4 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team defeated Michigan and Penn State Sunday (Nov. 1) at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich., while the Cavalier men earned a split.
UVA’s women (3-0) defeated No. 23 Michigan, 188-165, and No. 20 Penn State, 238-115, while the Virginia men (1-2) defeated Penn State, 248-104, but fell to No. 8 Michigan, 207-135.
“This was a good meet for both teams,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “We’re at the point in our season where our weight training is at its heaviest and most intense, so for such a large number of athletes to post not only season bests, but all-time in-season bests, is very encouraging. The energy we exuded from our team area was electric all weekend long, which shows the spirit of our team and the strong leadership we have coming from our captains and upperclassmen. All in all, I feel like we’re in a very good place as we look forward to the Georgia Invite in four weeks.”
In the first event of the day, the women’s 200 medley relay of senior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.), freshman Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.), junior Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom) and sophomore Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) touched first in 1:40.15.
The men’s 200 medley relay of junior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), senior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland), freshman Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) and junior Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) finished in a tie for second in 1:29.95.
The Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 fly with junior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) leading the way in 54.09, followed by junior Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) in 54.87 and 55.12, respectively. Jones picked up another win in the 400 IM in 4:15.41.
Junior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) captured the women’s 1,000 free in 9:42.23 and was second in the 200 free in 1:47.06, followed by Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Calif.), who was third in 1:48.69.
Kaeser also placed second in the men’s 200 breast in 1:59.51 and Bartholomew was second in the women’s 100 back in 52.99.
In final events of the meet, the both 400 free relays placed second with the women’s team of Moroney, Bartholomew, Rauth and Thomas finishing in 3:21.71 and the men’s relay of sophomore Nicholas Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Quinn, Lockman and sophomore Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) clocking a time of 3:01.17.
In Sunday’s diving action, seniors Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) and Becca Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) earned event wins. Buerlger claimed the men’s 3-meter with a score of 345.00, while Corbett won the women’s 1-meter with a mark of 273.20.
“It was nice to win three of the four diving events this weekend,” UVA head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “Collectively, 3-meter went well for us and we had some nice dives on 1-meter.”
Up next, the Cavaliers will compete at the Georgia Fall Invitational Dec. 4-6 in Athens, Ga.