CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams set five facility records in their win against North Carolina on Saturday (Jan. 25) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The No. 6 Cavalier women defeated No. 15 North Carolina 171.5-125.5 and the No. 17 Cavalier men topped the Tar Heels 181-118 to close out the regular season.
The Cavaliers opened the day by setting a facility record in both the men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay. Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.), sophomore Alexis Wenger (Detroit, Mich.), senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) and junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) went 3:34.93, while senior Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain), junior Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.), freshman Konnar Klinksiek (San Antonio, Texas) and senior Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.) went 3:12.25 to sweep the event.
The Cavaliers also set an AFC record in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay with Hill, freshman Lexi Cuomo (Clifton, Va.), junior Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.) and Douglass going 1:29.86.
Individually, Douglass and senior Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.) captured facility records in the 100-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley, respectively. Douglass surpassed Kylee Alons’ (NC State) record set the day prior with a time of 52.34. Schubert swam a time of 3:45.99, breaking Fran Crippen’s record from 2003.
Additionally, Virginia captured individual wins from freshman Maddie Donohoe (Annandale, Va.) in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:49.99) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:55.17), Madden in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.89), Wenger in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.54), Douglass in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.04), freshman Ella Nelson (Nashville, Tenn.) in the 400-yard individual medley (4:15.09) and senior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) on the 1m board (292.43) and 3m board (357.08) as Hill tied for a first-place finish with UNC’s Grace Countie in the 50-yard freestyle (22.69).
The men’s team saw wins from junior Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:12.97) and the 200-yard breaststroke (1:58.97), junior Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.63), Clark in the 100-yard backstroke (48.27), senior Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.89), Baker in the 50-yard freestyle (20.37) and 100-yard freestyle (44.50), sophomore Justin Grender (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.03), freshman Jack Wright (Wexford, Pa.) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:27.97) and Klinksiek in the 100-yard butterfly (48.56).
The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Baker, Clark, Schubert and senior Henry Keel (Memphis, Tenn.) closed the day with a first-place finish and a time of 1:20.34.
“Happy for our teams finishing off a tough weekend of racing with some great wins against a much improved UNC program,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Mark (Gangloff) is doing a great job with the Heels and they kept us on our toes the entire meet. It was a quick turnaround from last night, coming off the NC State meet and having to perform at a high level today. In addition to that, this was our recognition meet to honor our fourth-years, so there was emotion abound. I want to thank each of them as they’ve been such great ambassadors of UVA swimming and diving as well as the University itself.
“Both the men and the women bounced back great and backed up their performances. We had three of our four relays break pool records today, that says a lot with the history and tradition of this pool and program. I was impressed by our distance swimmers coming out today and outperforming what they did yesterday in the 1000. We also had quite a few people swimming some events that they don’t normally to show off their versatility. We had a handful of double event winners including Maddie Donohoe, Kate Douglass, Sydney Dusel, Ryan Baker and Ted Schubert. We are beginning to see quite a few of our first-years come into their own as well, which is what we always hope for this time of year. Now we begin to zero in on the championship season. I think there will be some good things in store for the Hoos coming up. Our squads are deep, and they are balanced. It’s going to be fun to see what they accomplish in February and March during championship season.”
The Cavaliers will head to the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., on Feb. 19 for the women’s ACC Championships. The men’s conference meet will begin on Feb. 26.