CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavalier men and women’s swimming and diving teams set three AFC pool records on day one of a tri-meet with NC State and North Carolina on Friday (Jan. 19) at the Aquatic & Fitness Center.
After the first day of action, the Virginia women lead NC State by a score of 119 – 48 and lead North Carolina by a score of 125.5 – 41.5. The Virginia men lead North Carolina by a score of 95 – 72, but trail NC State by a score of 117 – 50.
The meet also featured the fastest 50 Free split in history, a mark hit by Gretchen Walsh in the 200 Free Relay.
- The Hoos set a new AFC pool record in the 200 Free relay with a mark of 1:26.47 from Jasmine Noncentini, Gretchen Walsh, Maxine Parker, and Carly Novelline.
- Walsh hit the fastest 50 free split in history with a mark of 20.19 in her leg of the 200 Free relay.
- Gretchen Walsh set an AFC pool record in the 100 back with a time of 48.77 in the opening leg of the 400 Medley Relay.
- The Cavaliers took first in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:28.03 as the team of Gretchen Walsh, Jasmine Nocentini, Alex Walsh and Maxine Parker combined for the top finish.
- Virginia claimed the top two spots in the 500 free. Cavan Gormsen finished first with a time of 4:43.41, while Sophia Knapp finished second with a time of 4:46.87.
• Aimee Canny took first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.75, while Emma Weber finished third with a time of 2:11.40. Zoe Skirboll tied for fourth with a time of 2:12.53.
- Abby Harter took first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.91. Maggie Schalow finished third with a time of 1:59.16 and Lainey Mullins finished fourth with a time of 1:59.68.
- Virginia again finished 1-2 in the 50 free with Gretchen Walsh at the top of the standings with a time of 20.98 and Nocentini behind her at 21.85. Maxine Parker finished fourth with a time of 22.43.
- Tess Howley finished first in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.47 to lead the Hoos, while Reilly Tiltmann took third with a time of 1:54.38.
- The Hoos went 1-2 in the 400 IM with Alex Walsh taking first with a time of 4:00.52 and Ella Nelson finishing second with a time of 4:04.24. Ella Bathurst was fourth with a time of 4:12.51.
- The Hoos took second in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:09.58. Matt Brownstead, Noah Nichols, Hayden Bellotti and Sebastien Sergile combined for the second-place finish.
- Noah Nichols took the top spot in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.15. Max Iida finished third with a time of 1:57.03 as the Cavaliers took two of the top three spots.
- Brownstead led the Hoos in the 50 free with a second-place finish in a time of 19.41.
- Will Thompson took third in the 200 back with a time of 1:46.13 to lead the Cavaliers.
- Jack Aikins set a new AFC pool record in the 200 back with a time of 1:41.49 in an exhibition swim before heading to Doha for the World Championships. His time would have won the event on Friday night.
- On the women’s side, Lizzy Kaye finished third in the 3m with a score of 309.00 to lead all Cavalier divers.
- Oliver Mills led the men with a score of 304.60 on the 1m to finish the day in fourth place.
Virginia continues the tri-meet on Saturday (Jan. 20). The teams will resume competition with diving at 10 a.m. and swimming at 12:30 p.m. The Cavaliers will honor members of the fourth and fifth-year classes at noon prior to the start of the swimming session.
Both swimming and diving will be streamed on ACCNX through the ESPN app and at WatchESPN.com.