KNOXILLE, Tenn. – Junior Gretchen Walsh matched the NCAA record and improved her own American record with a time of 20.79 in the 50 free to lead Virginia Swimming & Diving’s six wins on Wednesday night at the Tennessee Invite.
Joining Walsh with individual wins were sophomore Aimee Canny, senior Alex Walsh, and sophomore Sebastien Sergile. UVA’s women also won both relays.
Virginia leads the women’s meet with 350 points and the men are second with 269 points behind Tennessee’s 346.
- UVA’s women improved their fastest time this season and in the NCAA with a 1:25.24 to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. Graduate student Jasmine Nocentini, A. Walsh, Canny and G. Walsh, respectively, combined for the win.
- Canny won the 500-yard free with the fastest time in the country (4:36.26) and a time that would have won NCAAs in 2023. Freshman Cavan Gormsen was second in 4:38.80.
- A. Walsh led a group of six Cavaliers in the 200-yard IM final. Walsh won with a time of 1:52.59. Graduate student Ella Nelson was second (1:53.95), junior Ella Bathurst was fourth (1:57.03), senior Abby Harter was fifth (1:57.47) and sophomore Zoe Skirboll was sixth (1:58.19).
- G. Walsh’s record tied Maggie McNeil’s NCAA record from the 2023 NCAA Championships. Walsh cut .04 seconds off her own American record and UVA record in the event. Senior Maxine Parker finished sixth (22.36) and freshman Aimee Crosbie was eighth (22.60) in the 50 free.
- The Cavaliers capped off the first night with a meet record in the 400-yard medley relay, with G. Walsh, Nocentini, A. Walsh and Canny, respectively, winning in 3:26.15.
- Junior Lizzy Kaye finished 10th on the women’s 3-meter board with a score of 273.50.
- Sophomore Sebastien Sergile won the 200-yard IM (1:43.42) and senior Noah Nichols finished second (1:43.73). Sophomore Kamal Muhammad finished fifth and junior Colin Bitz finished seventh.
- Senior Matt Brownstead, junior Connor Boyle, graduate student August Lamb and freshman Jack Madoch, respectively, finished third with a time of 1:17.95.
- Brownstead’s 19.30 leadoff split was his fastest time of the season, until he dropped .03 seconds for a 19.27 to finish third in the 50 free. Graduate student August Lamb placed sixth (19.88) and junior Connor Boyle was seventh (19.89).
- In the 500-yard free, sophomore Sam O’Brien was fifth (4:22.10) and junior Tanner Hering was seventh (4:24.09).
- Senior Will Cole, Nichols, junior Tim Connery and Brownstead, respectively, finished second in the 400-yard medley relay (3:05.60), just .08 seconds off Tennessee’s first place finish.
Virginia continues the three-day meet on Thursday with prelims at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.