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Dec. 3, 2015

Virginia at Georgia Fall Invitational
Date Fri.-Sun., December 4-6
Location Athens, Ga. | Gabrielsen Natatorium
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Athens, Ga., this weekend (Dec. 4-6) for the Georgia Fall Invitational at Gabrielsen Natatorium.

The Cavaliers will face both men’s and women’s teams from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and Penn State, the men’s team from California, the women’s side from Vanderbilt and the diving corps from Fresno State and Harvard.

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The meet will be contested under a championship format with preliminaries beginning at 9:30 a.m. each morning and finals starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The diving competitions will be held at 11:30 a.m. and during finals on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The Virginia women are currently ranked No. 1 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) national poll, while Georgia is No. 3, Auburn is No. 8 and Penn State is No. 20. On the men’s side, California is No. 2, Georgia is No. 4, Auburn is No. 9 and Florida State is receiving votes.

For the women, junior two-time NCAA Champion Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is currently ranked No. 1 in the 500 free and No. 2 in the 200 free, while senior All-American Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) is No. 9 in both the 100 back and 200 back and junior All-American Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) is No. 17 in the 100 breast. On the men’s side, senior All-American Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) is No. 12 in the 100 breast and 16th in the 200 breast.

Last year at the same meet, the Cavaliers broke 11 school records over the course of the three days and the Cavalier women came within 0.45 of three NCAA records on Friday alone – Smith in the 500 free, Bartholomew in the 100 back and the 400 medley relay. Smith went on to break the NCAA record at the NCAA Championships, while the relay placed second, but was under the previous NCAA record. Bartholomew’s time in the 100 back (50.01) was the best in the country last season and still stands as the second-best mark ever (49.97).

The Cavaliers return to action January 8-9 against Notre Dame for their final home meet of the season at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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