CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams won six events and set a pair of Aquatic and Fitness Center pool records during the opening day of competition at the Cavalier Invite meet.

The highlight of the opening day of competition was UVA’s victory in the 200 Freestyle Relay to open the evening. Cavaliers Matt Brownstead, Connor Boyle, Tim Connery and August Lamb set an AFC record with a time of 1:16.37. Brownstead’s lead-off leg of 19.05 also established a 50 Free AFC record.

The meet’s format follows the NCAA Championships prelim/finals schedule and includes all NCAA Championship events. Finals consist of two finals heats, a consolation final (places 9-16) and a championship final (places 1-8).

UVA is one of 11 teams competing along with Duke, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, South Carolina, St. Bonaventure, Army, UNC Wilmington, Richmond and William & Mary.

Finals Highlights

  • The team of Matt Brownstead, Connor Boyle, Tim Connery, August Lamb set an AFC record in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:16.37. Brownstead’s leadoff time of 19.05 also established a 50 Free AFC record.
    • UVA swept the 500 Free with Aimee Canny posting the top time of 4:38.48. Kate Morris was second with a personal best time of 4:45.73 and Lainey Mullins was third (4:49.23)
  • Aimee Canny (4:38.48), Kate Morris (4:45.73) and Lainey Mullins (4:49.23) gave UVA a sweep in the 500 Freestyle. Morris’ time was a personal best.
  • Peter Thompson (4:22.16) and Jack Berube (4:26.81) captured the top two spots in the men’s 500 Freestyle. Berube set a person best time with his swim.
  • Gretchen Walsh impressed in the 200 Individual Medley with a personal best time of 1:52.34 to win the event. That stands third on UVA’s all-time performance list and is the best time by a Cavalier in the event this season.
  • Sam Baron (1:59.95) and Sienna Karp (2:01.20) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM.
  • Jack Moore (1:46.65) swam a personal best to take gold in the men’s 200 Individual Medley while Matthew Heilman also turned in a PB to finish as the runner-up at 1:47.29.
    • Aimee Crosbie took top honors in the 50 Free with a time of 22.60 while Izzy Bradley was second with a personal best of 23.01.
    • In the men’s 50 Free, Patrick Gilhool was the runner up at 20.57.
  • Several Cavaliers turned in personal bests in time trials. That included:
    Men’s 50 Free Time Trial: Noah Dyer – 20.47
    Men’s 100 Butterfly Time Trial: Tristen Davin – 48:04
    Women’s 400 IM Time Trial: Anna Keating – 4:10.11
    Men’s 100 Breaststroke Time Trial: Alex Hotta – 47.64

Prelim Highlights

A number of Cavaliers posted personal best times during the morning’s prelim races. Those included:

  • Kate Morris in the 500 free (4:48.58)
  • Gretchen Walsh in the 200 IM (1:54.71). Her time ranks as the third fastest for the Cavaliers this season.
  • Sam Baron in the 200 IM (1:59.40) and 100 breast time trial (1:01.09)
  • Noah Dyer in the 200 IM (1:47.71)
  • Jay Gerloff in the 200 IM (1:48.49)
  • Teddy Cross in the 200 IM (1:49.43)
  • Will Tenpas in the 200 IM (1:49.56)
  • Aimee Crosbie in the 50 free (22.59)
  • Tristen Dave in the 200 back time trial (1:44.96)

Up Next
Saturday the three-day meet continues with seven finals on the card. Races will be held in the 200 Medley Relay, 100 Butterfly, 400 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke and the 800 Freestyle Replay. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals are scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Aquatic Fitness Center.