March 16, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team concluded the third day of the NCAA Championships on Friday (March 16) at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with redshirt sophomore Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) earning All-America honors in the 200-yard freestyle.
The Cavaliers are in 10th place in the team standings with 106 points. Stanford ranks first with 414 points, while California ranks second with 268 points and Texas A&M ranks third with 186 points.
Moroney led Virginia during the day’s competition, finishing seventh in the top heat of the 200-yard freestyle. She recorded a time of 1:44.20 and captured the seventh All-America honor of her career with the performance.
“I am excited about our swims today,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “We put two women in the finals of the 200 free with Megan Moroney leading the way less than a year after having shoulder surgery, which is a phenomenal feat. It was also great having the medley relay score to cap off the evening. We have had a lot of first-year swimmers competing the last couple of days, getting great experience for the future. We are looking forward to finishing the job tomorrow and capping off a fantastic season for our women’s program.”
Senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) placed 13th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.64, earning All-America Honorable Mention with the performance. With tonight’s swim, Marrkand ranks 14th in program history in total All-America honors as an 11-time All-American.
Freshman Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.), junior Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.), freshman Anna Pang (London, England) and senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.), respectively, finished 15th in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.72.
All four swimmers would earn All-America Honorable Mention in the event.
Sophomore Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) placed 21st in the 3-meter dive with a score of 309.70.
Virginia will return to action tomorrow for the final day of the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The preliminary races will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.