AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 9 Virginia men’s and No. 1 Virginia women’s swimming & diving teams fell to No. 2 Texas men’s and No. 3 Texas women’s swimming & diving teams on Saturday at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The teams competed in a combined exhibition meet on Friday before swimming a regularly scored dual meet on Saturday.
Sophomore Gretchen Walsh highlighted the weekend as she won three individual events with three of the fastest times in the country over the two days. Walsh swam the fastest time ever recorded in the 100-yard IM (not an NCAA event) and followed that with top times on the season in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
The teams added some fun swims on Friday night, including the mixed 400-yard freestyle relay, which featured junior Matt Brownstead, junior Matt King, senior Kate Douglass and G. Walsh finishing in 2:58.50, three full seconds ahead of the field.
- UVA won six events on Friday night and took the top two finishes in three of those events. The Cavaliers won four events on Saturday and took the top two spots in two of those.
- Junior Alex Walsh won the 100-yard backstroke (52.10) and picked up UVA’s first event win on Saturday with a 1:56.59 in the 200-yard IM. The Cavaliers took four of the top five spots in the 200 IM.
- G. Walsh led a trio of Cavaliers at the top of the 100 free, with junior Maxine Parker and Douglass finishing second and third, respectively.
- Sophomore Reilly Tiltmann won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.16, topping her previous season-high against Florida by over a second.
- The Cavaliers finished the dual with a tie in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:28.34. G. Walsh, freshman Carly Novelline, senior Lexi Cuomo and sophomore Reilly Tiltmann, respectively, tied with Parker, A. Walsh, freshman Zoe Skirboll and Douglass, respectively.
- Freshman Claire Tuggle picked up her second dual meet win, finishing first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:46.27) on Friday.
- King matched his season-best time with a 42.46 to win the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.
- UVA’s relay of Brownstead, King, sophomore Jack Aikins and senior August Lamb, respectively, combined for the fastest time on the season to win the 200-yard freestyle relay to close out the weekend.
- Virginia swept the top three finishes in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Noah Nichols won with a 1:53.74, the second fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. Sophomores Max Iida and Matt Styczen were second and third, respectively.
- Senior Sean Conway and freshman Kamal Muhammad took two of the top three spots in the men’s 200-yard IM. Conway finished second in 1:47.15 and Muhammad was third in 1:47.31.
- Sophomore Jack Aikins finished second in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best 1:42.90, six seconds faster than his previous season-best. Junior Will Cole took third in 1:44.35, both recording NCAA B standards.
- Brownstead tied for the second-fastest time in the country with a 19.29 in his 50-yard freestyle win on Friday
- Nicholas Saunders won the platform event with a NCAA Zone score and the eight-best score in UVA history with a 314.55.
- Sophomore Lizzy Kaye had the top finish for the Cavaliers on Saturday, placing third on the 1-meter with a 283.65.
UVA will compete at the Tennessee Invitational on November 17-19, in Knoxville, Tenn.