KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kate Douglass improved her own ACC and UVA record in the 200-yard breaststroke as Virginia swimming & diving closed out the 2021 Tennessee Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Virginia’s women finished with 809.5 points, behind Tennessee (1203.5) and Alabama (881.5). UVA’s men finished with 728 points, behind Tennessee (1004) and Alabama (980).
“Great weekend for both our men and women,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “It’s always a great test to compete against the SEC’s best and our teams rose to the occasion. Very pleased with our teams’ performances for this time of the season and we’ve got some great information to accelerate through the rest of the year. I was most pleased with the overall team effort, and we were pretty good top to bottom, which is what we need to see to build towards championship season. Shoutout to Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass for both setting ACC and UVA records in the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Those two, along with the rest of our squad, just continue to improve. The men continue to improve rapidly from last year to this year and our newcomers are beginning to thrive. I’m excited to watch the men make a run at UVA’s best NCAA finish this year (8th). Also saw some great promise from our diving squad and I’m excited to see them continue to progress and contribute at a high level through ACC’s and NCAA’s.”
- Douglass (2:03.58) joined Alex Walsh in setting a UVA and ACC record during the meet. Walsh also set a pool record with her win in the 200-yard butterfly on Saturday. Her time of 1:51.83 was .02 seconds off the UVA record.
- Emma Weyant and Maddie Donohoe went three-four, respectively, in the 1650-yard freestyle. Weyant’s time of 16:02.51 is the fourth-fastest time in UVA history and Donohoe notched the sixth-fastest time in school history with a 16:04.85.
- Reilly Tiltmann and Ella Bathurst finished second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke. Tiltmann finished in 1:51.04 and Bathurst swam a career-best 1:54.08.
- Ella Nelson swam a NCAA “A” time of 2:05.65 to finish third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Alexis Wenger was sixth in 2:08.81 and Anna Keating won the B Final in 2:10.67 to place ninth.
- Jessica Nava and Abby Harter were fourth and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly. Julia Menkhaus was 11th and Caroline Kulp finished 15th.
- The Cavaliers closed out the night with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Douglass, Lexi Cuomo, Tiltmann and Walsh combined for a NCAA “A” time of 3:12.04.
- UVA’s relay group of Matt Brownstead, August Lamb, Connor Boyle and Matt King, respectively, won the 400-yard freestyle relay with the third-fastest time in program history in 2:50.19.
- Josh Fong closed out the individual performances with a win in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:44.20 and Justin Grender finished third in 1:44.71.
- Tanner Hering finished seventh in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:25.98 and Peter Thompson was 11th in 15:40.79.
- In the 200-yard backstroke, Jack Aikins finished sixth in 1:44.22 and Sean Conway was seventh (1:44.46). Will Cole won the B Final with a time of 1:44.05 to finish ninth, while Max Edwards was 10th (1:46.21) and Colin Bitz was 13th (1:49.24).
- Matt King finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 42.54, the third fastest time in UVA history. Connor Boyle was eighth in 43.66 and August Lamb was 15th (43.90).
- Noah Nichols was third in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.08) and Scooter Iida swam the 10th fastest time in UVA history, finishing fifth in 1:55.02. Casey Storch was sixth in 1:56.82.
- On the platform, Charlotte Bowen scored a career-high 215.90 to place ninth and Lizzy Kaye recorded a 206.20 to take 10th in her first platform appearance. Amanda Leizman and Maddy Grosz were 14th and 15th, respectively.
- Walker Creedon led UVA’s men with a NCAA Zone qualifying score 302.95 to place sixth.
Virginia competes in the US Open in Greensboro, N.C., December 2-4.