Nov. 11, 2017

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The No. 16 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team defeated Louisville and Princeton on Saturday (Nov. 11) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va., while the No. 23 men’s team split the meet.

The Cavalier women (6-0) defeated No. 10 Louisville (1-4), 224-146, and Princeton (2-2), 302-68, while the Cavalier men (5-1) topped the Tigers (1-2), 255-109, but fell to the No. 17 Cardinals (2-3), 197.5-166.5.

“We finished the two-day competition well against Louisville and Princeton” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “The women picked up this morning where they left off the last two sessions, yesterday, with some great performances. We are in a really good place. The hard work and fast training is paying off. These meets are just practice. The peak, where we want to be the best, is in March. So, any time we can compete against a team like Louisville and beat them is really good for the program. It shows us where we are at and puts the rest of the country on notice that UVA is on the rise.

“As for the men, they had a great competition against a tough Louisville team. We started the competition down 32 points with our divers not being able to compete this weekend due to some health issues, but our men outswam them (Louisville) over the course of the three sessions. Both Louisville and our men provided some great races. It great to see our guys fight and battle and carry themselves like champions. I told them in a pre-meet conversation, you have to act like champions before you become champions, and they fought like champions today, which that was good to see.”

Virginia won four individual events and two relays on the final day of competition. Freshman Emma Seiberlich (Audubon, Pa.) won the women’s 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA “B” Standard time of 1:55.99, while senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) won the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.28.

Freshman Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) finished first in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA “B” Standard time of 1:59.36, leading the field by over two seconds. Junior Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) won the men’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.05, for an NCAA “B” Standard.

The Cavaliers swept the final event of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The women’s team of sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.), freshman Anna Pang (SINGAPORE), junior Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) and senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.), respectively, recorded a time of 3:16.82, for an AFC pool record. The men’s team of junior Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.), freshman Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), sophomore Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.) and sophomore Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), respectively, edged Louisville for the win, recording a time of 2:56.65.

Virginia will return to action on Nov. 17 with a three-day diving competition at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. The full Cavalier team will compete at the UGA Fall Invite Dec. 1-3 in Athens, Ga.