CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  The top-ranked Virginia women’s swimming and diving team and 13th-ranked Cavalier men’s team will open the season against Navy on Saturday (Oct. 31) at the Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md. Competition will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Due to health and safety considerations spectators will not be permitted to attend the meet.

Media Coverage
A link to live results is located at Updates throughout the meet will be provided on the team’s official Twitter account, @UVASwimDive

Meet Information
Date: Saturday, Oct. 31
Location: Lejeune Hall, Annapolis, Md.
Time: 12:30 p.m.

In the Rankings
• The Cavalier women enter the year as the No. 1 team in the country according to the preseason poll released by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA)
• The Cavaliers first topped the CSCAA poll in November of 2015 after the women’s team defeated Tennessee, Michigan and Penn State to open the season
• The UVA men’s team enters the meet ranked 13th
• Virginia finished the 2019-20 season ranked second on the women’s side and 15th on the men’s side, a ranking the program received before the cancelation of the NCAA Championships due to coronavirus pandemic

A Look at Last Season
• The Cavaliers won their 16th Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving title at the 2020 ACC Championships, setting an ACC record for most points scored at the women’s championship meet
• Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) was named the ACC Championships Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet after winning five conference titles and scoring 96 points for the Cavaliers
• Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) tallied five ACC titles during her conference championship debut, earning her the post-season title of ACC Freshman of the Year
• The women’s team won a total of 10 races at the meet which included four of five relay events
• The UVA men’s team placed second at the conference championships, its best team finish since 2013
• The women’s team set two ACC records and seven UVA records during the year, while the men’s team set five Virginia records

The Cavaliers
• Virginia returns 20 athletes from the 2019-20 roster that earned CSCAA All-America honors for qualifying for the NCAA Championships
• Additionally, Caroline Gmelich (Rumson, N.J.), Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.), Samuel Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.), Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va.) and Alexis Wenger (Detroit, Mich.) earned the honor for the second consecutive year, while Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) and Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.) were named All-America for the third year
• The Cavaliers also welcomed nine first-years to their men’s team and eight to their women’s team

Scouting Navy 
• Navy swept the Patriot League Championships last season
• The women set a conference record for most titles won by a team in a single sport, winning 18 Patriot League titles since the league’s first season in 1990-91
• The men’s team tied the conference record for most consecutive titles won by a team in a single sport, winning 16 straight titles
• The team returns Patriot League Swimmers of the Year Micah Oh and Sydney Harrington, as well as 2020 All-Americans Luke Johnson, Martina Thomas, Meghan Gerdes and Hannah Montau
• Harrington also earned All-America honors for qualifying for the 2020 NCAA Championships