CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Juniors Connor Boyle and Gretchen Walsh swept the ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors, the league office announced on Tuesday (Oct. 31).
Boyle won both individual events in No. 15 Virginia’s two-day meet with No. 7 Texas and was part of all four of UVA’s relay wins as the Cavaliers knocked off the Longhorns in the dual meet. Competing in “Super Finals” on Friday, Boyle was seeded in the top 1v1 heat in the 50 free. He cruised to the win with a season-best time of 19.97. Boyle also anchored the 200-yard medley relay and led off the 200-yard free relay in Friday’s win. On Saturday, Boyle won the 100-yard free in 44.20 and added wins with the 400-yard free relay and 400-yard medley relay.
Walsh swam some of the fastest times in the nation this season and in history throughout No. 1 Virginia’s dual meet vs. No. 2 Texas. The Nashville, Tennessee, native opened the weekend with an American Record with her 50-yard backstroke leadoff split (22.54) in the 200-yard medley relay win. She followed that with a pool record 20.95 to win the 50-yard free and added a pool record 49.11 to win the 100-yard butterfly by three seconds. She also anchored the 200-yard free relay to a victory to end the first night. On Saturday, Walsh posted another pool record with her 49.17 100-yard back leadoff split as UVA won the 400-yard medley relay. Walsh secured her fourth pool record of the weekend with a 46.42 in the 100-yard free to win by over a second in the sprint event. She closed out her weekend helping the 400-yard free relay to a win in 3:12.74, the only NCAA A time recorded nationally this season.
Virginia will compete in the Tennessee Invite, Nov. 15-17, in Knoxville, Tenn.