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Jan. 29, 2016


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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team swept NC State and North Carolina Friday (Jan. 29) at Koury Natatorium.

The No. 8 Cavalier women finish the dual-meet season undefeated with an 8-0 record after defeating No. 15 NC State, 154.5-145.5, and No. 16 UNC, 178-122, while the No. 21 UVA men (3-5) fell to the No. 8 Wolfpack, 222-78, and to the No. 19 Tar Heels, 201.5-98.5.

“This was a fun meet to be a part of,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “The atmosphere in the natatorium was outstanding with a packed house. Although we certainly showed inconsistencies, I thought for the most part we fought hard. Our women’s relays are really in a good spot moving forward and we have some men stepping up and filling some big voids left by some significant injuries. We are looking forward to championship season now, the time of year that presents the opportunities we cherish the most.”

Junior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the women’s 1,000 free in a time of 9:34.21. Smith captured her second event in a row when she won the 200 free in 1:46.44, while freshman Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) was third in 1:47.36. Smith touched first in the 500 free in 4:43.74 for her third event win of the day.

Senior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) touched first in the women’s 100 back in a time of 52.64, while junior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) won the women’s 100 breast in 1:00.87. Later in the meet, Bartholomew won the 200 back in 1:54.84 and was followed by Simon’s 200 breast victory in 2:12.96.

The Cavaliers went 1-2 in the women’s 200 fly with sophomore Jennifer Marrkand (Westport, Mass.) and junior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) finishing in 1:57.67 and 1:59.56, respectively. Jones won the women’s 200 IM in 2:00.32, while Marrkand was third in 2:02.07. In the women’s 100 fly, Jones placed third in 54.15.

The 200 medley relay of Bartholomew, Simon, Thomas and sophomore Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) placed second in a time of 1:39.18, while the 400 free relay of Moroney, Thomas, junior Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Bartholomew was also second in 3:18.69.

In the men’s 100 breast, senior Yannick Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) finished second in 54.46.

In the men’s distance events, freshman Sam Magnan (Bethlehem, Pa.) placed third in both the 500 free (4:29.16) and the 1,000 free (9:13.74).

Freshman Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) tied for third in the men’s 200 fly in 1:47.64.

The men’s 400 free relay of sophomore Nicholas Magana (Scottsdale, Ariz.), juniors Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) and sophomore Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished third in 3:01.14.

In women’s diving, senior Becca Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) placed fourth in both 1-meter (270.95) and 3-meter (279.45, while fellow senior Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) finished fourth on men’s 1-meter (280.65) and senior Colby Shinholser (Burtonsville, Md.) was fourth on men’s 3-meter (295.95).

The Cavalier divers will be in action next weekend, with the women facing Richmond Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The full diving corps will be competing at the JMU Invite on Feb. 6.

The ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships will be held Feb. 17-20 in Greensboro, N.C., with the ACC Men’s Swimming Championships being held Feb. 24-27 in the same location.

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