CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will go head-to-head against Tennessee on Saturday (Oct. 19) at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Both programs enter the weekend with a top 25 ranking in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s preseason release. The Cavalier women enter as the No. 2 team in the country, while Virginia ranks No. 4 on the men’s side. Tennessee ranks No. 15 in the women’s poll and No. 16 in the men’s poll.
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Date: Saturday, Oct. 19
Location: Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center – Knoxville, Tenn.
Time: 11 a.m.
• This is the third consecutive head-to-head meeting between the two teams.
• The Cavaliers swept last year’s dual meet in Charlottesville, defeating the Volunteers 178-122 on the women’s side and 158-142 on the men’s side. UVA split the 2017-18 meeting in Knoxville with the UVA women defeating the Lady Vols 177-123, while the men’s team fell 198-100.
• The Cavaliers opened the season strong at the Trojan Invite, hosted by Southern California, with 20 swimmers posting a time in the top-10 nationally.
• Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) and junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) led the women’s team in the season opener as Douglass finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. Madden captured the top time at the meet in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle.
• Douglass and Madden also lead the nation in events as Douglass holds the top time in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.55), 100-yard butterfly (51.58) and 200-yard individual medley (1:55.15) and Madden ranks atop the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.51) and 500-yard freestyle (4:38.67).
• Freshman Maddie Donohoe (Annandale, Va.) also leads the NCAA in an event, pacing the mile with a time of 16:21.68.
• On the men’s side, five Cavaliers hold a time that ranks first in the NCAA. Junior Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) leads the team with the top time in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke (53.07; 1:56.74). Freshman Jack Walker (Charlotte, N.C.) swam the top time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:18.46), while sophomore Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va.) captured the top time the 400-yard individual medley (3:48.36).
• The Cavaliers lead the nation in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke with senior Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain) placing atop the 100-yard backstroke (46.51) and junior Cooper Wozencraft (Houston, Texas) ranking atop the 200-yard backstroke (1:43.79).
Hoos Diving In
• The meet will be the season opener for the Cavalier divers.
• The team returns All-ACC honoree Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) and NCAA qualifiers senior Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) and sophomore Walker Creedon (Cary, N.C.).
• Dusel was the ACC runner-up on the 3m board. During the season, she set a school record on the 1m board (335.00) and tied for the facility record (367.50) with former teammate Kylie Towbin (Class of 2019).
• Shelton advanced to the NCAA Championships in all three events. He captured the second-best dive in school history on the 3m board last season against Navy with a score of 405.85.
• As a freshman, Creedon advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 3m dive and platform. He holds the third-best score (377.90) in school history on the platform.
• Tennessee will compete in its third dual meet this weekend after sweeping both UNC Wilmington and South Carolina.
• Thirteen-time All-American Erika Brown, 12-time All-American Meghan Small and 10-time All-American Stanzi Moseley lead the Lady Vols.
• Braga Verhage leads the men’s team with seven All-American honors.
• Tess Cieplucha is the lone Volunteer to rank in the top-10 nationally in an event, holding the ninth-best time this season in the 200-yard breaststroke.
• Divers Grace Cable and Will Hallam swept the 1m and 3m boards against the Seahawks and Gamecocks.