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Feb. 28, 2016

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.-The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team captured the team title at the ECAC Championships Sunday (Feb. 28) in Annapolis, Md.

The Cavalier women, who had 11 swimmers and four divers competing at the meet, finished first with total of 751.5 points, ahead of Navy (413.5) and Army (390). In addition to the team title, UVA assistant coach Clif Robbins was named Women’s Coach of the Meet. On Saturday, freshman Kirsten Parkinson (Stamford, Conn.) was named Women’s Diver of the Meet. The UVA men, who had five student-athletes competing, placed eighth with 222 points.

Sophomore Jessie Gvozdas (Henrico, Va.) led off the final session with a win in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:32.33, while freshman Julia Durmer (Decatur, Ga.) was third in 16:49.04. In the men’s mile, senior Greg Stoffa (Manassas, Va.) placed third in 15:42.44.

Freshman Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) touched first in the women’s 100 free in 48.81, while sophomores Dina Rommel (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Laine Reed (Austin, Texas) were third and fourth in 50.29 and 50.53, respectively.

In the men’s 200 fly, junior John Denning (Chesapeake, Va.) won the race in 1:49.14.

In the final women’s race of the meet, the 400 free relay of Eddy, Reed, Rommel and senior Samantha James (Kenilworth, Ill.) finished first in an ECAC Championship-record time of 3:18.68. Eddy’s lead-off 100 free split of 48.58 was also an meet-record time and ranks fourth on UVA’s all-time list.

The Cavalier women went 2-3-4 in the 200 fly with freshman Payton Baldwin (Newport News, Va.), Gvozdas and freshman Rachel Politi (Bexley, Ohio) clocking times of 1:58.10, 2:01.47 and 2:01.78, respectively.

In the women’s 200 breast, freshman Sara Stranick (Charlotte, N.C.) placed third in 2:13.52, while in the men’s 200 breast, senior Matheus Martini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was fourth in 2:01.53.

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