BERKLEY, Calif. – The Virginia swimming and diving teams split in the season-opener at California on Friday night. The Cavalier women (1-0) won 141-121, while the Cavalier men (0-1) fell 168-94.

Virginia swept the top spots in both relays to bookend the meet. UVA’s women won 11 events and the men won the two relay events.


Virginia started the night strong with a win the 200-yard medley relay. UVA’s group of Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass, respectively, won with a time of 1:34.65.

The Cavaliers took the top two spots in the 1000-yard freestyle. Emma Weyant won her first collegiate event with a time of 9:52.33. Maddie Donohoe clocked in second in 9:54.12.

Gretchen Walsh picked up two individual wins in her first collegiate meet, taking the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 51.15 and winning the 100-yard freestyle in 48.02.

Wenger swept the breaststroke events, finishing first in the 100 (58.54) and 200 (2:10.96). Alex Walsh won the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.07) and 200-yard backstroke (1:53.47). Douglass took first in the 50-yard free (21.96) and 100-yard butterfly (51.51).

The Cavalier women took the top two spots in the 200-yard freestyle relay to close out the win. Wenger, Kate Morris, Reilly Tiltmann and Ella Collins, respectively, won the event in a time of 1:10.36. G. Walsh, A. Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Douglass, respectively, took second in 1:27.82.


The Cavaliers came in first with a time of 1:25.88 in the 200-yard medley relay, with the relay team of Matt Brownstead, Noah Nichols, Max Edwards and Matt King, respectively.

King had a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (43.87) and was second in the 50-yard freestyle (19.79) in his UVA debut. UVA went two-three in the 50-yard freestyle, with Brownstead taking third (20.09).

The Cavaliers also went two-three in the 200-yard backstroke. Justin Grender finished second (1:44.05) and Sean Conway was third (1:45.63).

In the 200-yard breaststroke, Nichols placed second in 1:58.91 and Casey Storch was third in 1:58.97. Conway clocked in with a 1:47.32 in the 200-yard individual medley to take second and Storch was third in 1:48.60.

Brownstead, August Lamb, Grender and King, respectively, closed out the night with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:18.24.


Virginia opens its home slate on Saturday, Oct. 30, hosting Army at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.