March 21, 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team opened the NCAA Championships on Wednesday (March 21) at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center with a season-best performance in the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay.

“It was a great start for the Cavaliers tonight,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Our guys went almost two-seconds faster than what we went at the ACC Championships. The goal is just to come in here and try to be better than what we have been all year. We definitely were tonight. We are excited about how they performed tonight and are looking forward to the rest of the meet.”

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.), freshman Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), senior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Cooper Wozencraft (Houston, Texas), respectively, finished 18th with a time of 6:18.10.

The performance ranks fourth in school history as Virginia dropped 1.7 seconds off its entry time of 6:19.80.

NC State finished first in the event, setting an NCAA, American and U.S Open record with a time of 6:05.31. With the finish, the Wolfpack ranks first in the team standings with 40 points. Indiana is in second place with 34 points followed by Texas in third place with 32 points.

The Cavaliers will return to action tomorrow with the preliminary races beginning at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 7 p.m. All times are in Eastern.