CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are hosting Wisconsin at the Aquatic and Fitness Center for a two-day dual meet beginning on Friday (Oct. 25).
The men and women each competed in eight short course events Friday night, their first home action of the season. The Virginia men and women each won six races. The women will enter tomorrow’s final day leading 126-60 while the men are ahead 116-70.
Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) set a pool record in the 200 breast stroke with a time of 2:07.92, besting the previous record of 2:12.47 by over four seconds.
The Cavaliers won three of the four diving events with senior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) winning both the 1m and 3m dives. Senior Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) won the 1m event on the men’s side.
The Virginia women are currently ranked No. 4 while the men are No. 13. Neither Wisconsin team is currently ranked.
FROM HEAD COACH TODD DESORBO
“We had a good first session tonight against Wisconsin. The team is really proving to be a phenomenal team and a great group of teammates who support each other. They are performing really well even after some really intense training over the last couple of weeks. We are really excited with where they are at right now. There is a lot of energy and support on the pool deck coming from the team. We are improving week-to-week, which is really nice to see.
We had some first years win their first-ever collegiate dual meet races today with Maddie Donohoe in the 1,000, Kate Douglass winning the 200 breast and Konnor Klinksiek winning the 100 butterfly. It is fun to see them start thriving in the program.
I think we had an overall great team performance. Our medley relays at the beginning of the meet were really good for this early in the season. We are definitely excited about how we performed tonight and it gets us excited about the future, and that future is tomorrow morning when we have to come back and compete again pretty early with a quick turnaround. We are also going lone-course meters, which will prove to be an interesting dynamic as far as going from short course to long course in preparation of the Olympic year. That is one of our biggest focuses this year, the Olympic trials in June. I am looking forward to seeing the team perform again tomorrow and wrapping up this meet, hopefully with a couple of wins.”
FRIDAY FIRST-PLACE FINISHES – WOMEN (SHORT COURSE, YARDS)
- 400 Medley Relay: Gmelich, Wenger, Douglass, Madden, 3:35.76
- 1000 Free: Freshman Maddie Donohoe (Annandale, Va.), 9:55.63
- 50 Free: Senior Morgan Hill (Onley, Md.), 22.67
- 200 Breast: Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.), 2:07.92
- 100 Fly: Senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.), 53:27
- 200 Free Relay: Douglass, Hill, Valls, Cuomo, 1:31.26
FRIDAY FIRST-PLACE FINISHES – MEN (SHORT COURSE, YARDS)
- 400 Medley Relay: Clark, Barnum, Klinksiek, Baker, 3:12.81
- 1000 Free: Senior Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.), 9:19.13
- 50 Free: Senior Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.), 20.45
- 200 Breast: Junior Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.), 1:58.96
- 100 Fly: Freshman Konnor Klinksiek (San Antonio, Texas), 48.41
- 200 Free Relay: Klinksiek, Baker, Clark, Keel, 1:21.05
DAY II OF THE MEET
- Saturday, October 26. Events begin at 9:30 a.m.
- Events will be long course (meters)
- Events include 400 Free, 200 IM, 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 4×100 Free Relay
- Admission to Virginia swimming and diving meets is free to the public. Public parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at Slaughter Recreation Center and the parking lot closest to the West Gate at Scott Stadium
HOW TO FOLLOW
- Fans can follow the action with live results, linked at VirginiaSports.com, or on the Meet Mobile app. Updates throughout the competition will be provided on the team’s official Twitter account (@UVASwimDive)