Jan. 13, 2018
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed a two-day meet against Virginia Tech on Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va. The No. 11 Virginia women’s team defeated No. 25 Virginia Tech, 189.5-163.5, while the No. 21 Cavalier men fell, 218-133, to the Hokies.
“We had a challenging day for the second day at Virginia Tech,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “The women came out with a win. We had some mishaps to end the meet yesterday with a disqualification on the men’s 400 medley relay, that we won, and likewise this morning on the women’s 200 medley relay, that we won as well and disqualified. That put us in a little bit of a hole, from a points perspective, so we had to dig out of that on both sides. Those are things we need to learn from, and be sure we correct and get better at as we head to next weekend and into championship season. Both teams fought well. We’re definitely tired and we can see it. Their legs are tired. They’re racing well. They’re racing smart. As we head into the next segment of our season, where ACCs are five and six weeks away, we are trying to fine-tune some things and continue to get better. The women came out and fought and won the meet. The guys fought hard, but came out with a loss. We definitely look forward to seeing both teams (Virginia Tech) at ACCs and giving them a run when all is even.”
Junior Rachel Politi (Bexley Ohio) finished first in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle, recording a time of 10:10.54.
The Cavaliers captured the top four times in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) pacing the event with a time of 22.54. Sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) finished second with a time of 23.00, while freshman Anna Pang (SINGAPORE) finish third with a time of 23.41 and senior Laine Reed (Austin, Texas) finished fourth with a time of 23.67.
Freshman Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.) topped the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.63 before junior Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.) and sophomore Mary Claire Tansill (Bristow, Va.) finished 1-2 in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. Tafuto recorded a time of 2:15.91, while Tansill recorded a time of 2:17.05.
Junior Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) finished first in the men’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.70, out-touching his junior teammate Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.Â) by one-hundredth of a second. Fong finished second with a time of 48.71.
Hill paced Virginia in the 200-yard freestyle, placing first with a time of 1:49.39, while freshman Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) finished second with a time of 1:49.74 and junior Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) finished third with a time of 1:50.04.
In the last individual event of the meet, sophomore Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.) and redshirt junior Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) recorded the top two times in the 400-yard individual medley, respectively. Schubert swam a time of 3:53.97 and Casey swam a time of 3:54.15.
The meet concluded with Virginia sweeping the 400-yard freestyle relay. The women’s team of Hill, Eddy, Pang and Cooper, respectively, recorded a time of 3:19.98, while the men’s team of sophomore Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), Keblish, senior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.), respectively, recorded a time of 2:59.55.
Virginia will host NC State on Friday (Jan. 19) and North Carolina on Saturday (Jan. 20). The Cavaliers will recognize nine seniors at Saturday’s meet for Senior Day.