Virginia Falls to NC State in Regular Season Finale
Jan. 28, 2017
RALEIGH, N.C.-The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to NC State in the final dual meet of the season Saturday (Jan. 28) in Raleigh, N.C.
The No. 5 Virginia women (6-1) fell to No. 9 NC State (3-1) in a hotly contested meet, 153-147, while the No. 13 Cavalier men (5-2) dropped the meet, 177-109, to No. 3 NC State (4-0).
“We knew this would be a stiff challenge for the men and women, but majority of people embraced it and competed well,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “It was a great dual-meet season for us. Now it is time to get some rest and put the focus on the meets that really matter to us and the program, ACCs and NCAAs.”
The women’s meet came down to the final race where NC State captured the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.77-1:29.84.
Virginia’s women won seven events on the day, including two each by senior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.). Smith won the 500 free (4:40.41) and the 1,000 free (9:32.67), while Jones captured the 100 fly (53.36) and 200 fly (1:55.93). Senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) in the 100 breast (1:00.59).
The other two wins came from sophomore Kirsten Parkinson (Stamford, Conn.), who swept the diving events. Parkinson won the 1-meter event with a score of 281.78 and the 3-meter event with 310.05 points.
“It was a great job by Kirsten today,” UVA head diving coach Jason Glorius said. “I’m very proud of her effort and she threw down a new dive very few women can do. Overall, we did some good things, but we are still working on consistency. Moving forward, I know we have put in the work and have set ourselves up well for ACCs.”
Next up is the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships Feb. 13-16 in Atlanta, Ga. The ACC Men’s Swimming Championships will also be held in Atlanta Feb. 27-March 2.