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Jan. 12, 2018

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed the first day of a two-day meet against Virginia Tech on Friday (Jan. 12) at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va.

At the conclusion of the first day, the No. 11 Virginia women were tied with No. 25 Virginia Tech, 83.5-83.5, while the No. 21 Cavalier men trailed the Hokies, 110-56.

“We had a good start to our meet at Virginia Tech for the first session,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Both of our teams are still in the middle of some pretty heavy, intense training as we have not started classes yet. We are definitely swimming smart and racing hard. Virginia Tech has come out and swam and dove really well. They are putting up a good fight and challenging our teams, which is good. This is the time of year where we want to be challenged and need to be challenged. We are about six weeks away from the conference championships, and three weeks after that are the NCAA championships. We are happy to be challenged a little bit and are looking forward to finishing off the meet on some good notes tomorrow.”

Junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) led the Cavalier divers, recording the top score in the women’s 1-meter. Her score of 307.58 ranks second in Virginia history. Sophomore Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) finished second in the event with a score of 282.6.

Redshirt junior Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) recorded a time of 1:46.83 in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, capturing the top swim by over a second.

In the women’s 100-yard freestyle, freshman Anna Pang (SINGAPORE) and junior Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) placed first and second, respectively. Pang recorded a time of 50.04, while Eddy recorded a time of 50.26.

Senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) led the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.67, while junior Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) paced the men in the event with a time of 1:48.36.

The Cavaliers concluded the night with the women’s 400-yard medley relay team of freshman Emma Seiberlich (Audubon, Pa.), junior Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.), Pang and sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.), respectively, finishing first with a time of 3:40.76.

Virginia will return to action tomorrow for day two against Virginia Tech. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.

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