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Dec. 5, 2015


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ATHENS, Ga.-The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won five events on the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational Saturday (Dec. 5) at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. That brings the total after two days of action to 10 event wins and four school records for the Cavaliers.

After two days, the Cavalier women lead with 692.5 points, ahead of Georgia (621), Auburn (518), Penn State (363.5), Florida State (239) and Vanderbilt (118). The Virginia men sit in fourth place with 333 points, behind Georgia (663.5), California (599) and Auburn (583.5), but ahead of Florida State (310) and Penn State (116).

“Overall I think we had a solid day,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “We opened the night with two very strong medley relays, particularly the women who went incredibly fast, breaking our school record. Everyone is racing hard and our energy on the whole has been fantastic. These are two young teams, especially on the men’s side, and I’m proud of how we are battling. Day three looms tomorrow with chances to go more personal bests and hopefully qualify more people for NCAA Championships. We are excited for the opportunity.”

The women’s 200 medley relay of senior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.), juniors Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) and Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom) and sophomore Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) captured the win and broke the school record in a time of 1:35.69, the top time in the country so far.

Senior Becca Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) picked up the win in women’s 3-meter diving with a school-record score of 337.35. Fellow senior Katie Warburg (Wilton, Conn.) placed fifth with a mark of 295.70, while sophomore Corey Johnson (Ambler, Pa.) was seventh with a score of 251.20.

Smith won the women’s 200 free in 1:43.97, second-fastest time in the country this season. Freshman Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) was third in 1:44.91, while fellow freshman Eryn Eddy (Lovelace, Colo.) and senior Hanne Borgersen (Frederick, Md.) were sixth and seventh in 1:46.27 and 1:46.29, respectively. Moroney’s prelim time of 1:44.88 ranks fourth on UVA’s all-time list.

Bartholomew also won the women’s 100 back in a time of 50.85. Simon picked up the win in the women’s 100 breast in 59.35, while freshman Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.) placed third in 1:00.24, which ranks second on UVA’s all-time list.

In men’s 1-meter diving, senior Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) finished second with a score of 344.20.

“We had another great day today,” UVA head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “It was nice to gain some more experience diving in finals. The divers are really doing a good job of staying focused and setting themselves up for success. I’m especially happy for the women earning three spots in the top eight today and Becca’s school-record performance.”

The women’s 800 free relay of Smith, Moroney, Eddy and Borgersen finished second in a time of 7:04.87.

Sophomore Jennifer Marrkand (Westport, Mass.) was third in the women’s 100 fly in 52.66, which ranks fifth on UVA’s all-time list. Thomas was fourth (53.05), while junior Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) was fifth in 53.14. Senior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) placed third in the men’s 100 breast in a time of 52.72.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, the team of junior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Kaeser, freshman Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) and junior Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) placed fifth in 1:26.55, which ranks fifth on UVA’s all-time list.

The men’s 800 free relay also placed fifth, with the team of Quinn, sophomore Omer Tara (Istanbul, Turkey), Keblish and sophomore Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) finishing in a time of 6:28.64.

Senior Haley Durmer (Decatur, Ga.) placed sixth in the women’s 400 IM in 4:15.94. Sophomore Nicholas Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished eighth in the men’s 200 free in 1:39.42.

Quinn won the consolation final of the men’s 100 back in 47.60 to finish ninth overall. Keblish placed 10th overall in the men’s 100 fly in 47.96, while fellow freshman Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) was 11th overall in the men’s 400 IM in 3:51.25.

In prelims, junior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) broke the school record in the women’s 100 fly in 51.72, which ranks third in the country this year. She also swam 4:07.85 in the women’s 400 IM, which ranks sixth best in the country this season. She scratched the finals session.

The action concludes Sunday (Dec. 6) with the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, platform diving and the 400 free relay being contested.

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