Virginia defeats ACC foe North Carolina, Cavaliers' Kolod breaks diving record
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 15 Virginia defeated ACC rival and 22nd-ranked North Carolina 194-106 on Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The men improved to 4-1 on the season.
Sophomore diver JB Kolod broke the school record on the 3-meter board with a score of 392.17, while freshman Carl Buergler was second with a score of 377.85.
The foursome of juniors Jack Murfee and Taylor Grey, sophomore David Ingraham and senior Tom Barrett won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:30.32.
“We got off to a really great start,” head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We haven’t won the 200 medley relay against UNC in four years. Along with being energized by the divers [who] gave us momentum. Then Jan Daniec, Brad Phillips and Chris Webb sweeping the 1,000 gave us a lot of confidence.”
UVa went 1-2-3 in the 1,000 free, with junior Jan Daniec touching first in 9:07.13, classmate Brad Phillips second in 9:11.73 and freshman Chris Webb third in 9:14.27. Daniec and Webb’s times were season-best marks.
Junior Parker Camp won the 200 free in a season-best time of 1:37.10 before Virginia produced another sweep in the 100 back. Freshman Luke Papendick won the event in 48.92, Murfee was second in 48.93, while senior Brady Fox was third in 49.35.
Grey and senior Nick Montes de Oca went 1-2 in the 100 breast in 55.65 and 55.92, respectively. Montes de Oca’s time was a career-best mark.
UNC claimed the 200 fly and 50 free, with Ingraham finishing second in the 200 fly in a season-best 1:47.97 and Barrett placing second in the 50 free in 20.63 as UVa’s top finishers.
Kolod won his second diving event of the day, winning the 1-meter with a score of 348.53.
“I truly didn’t know how this young team would handle the environment of a UNC-UVa swimming and diving meet,” Virginia diving coach Rich MacDonald said. “Obviously, they handled it very well and I’m extremely proud. We’ve been working really hard to get better every meet and so far we’ve been successful at that. That’s all you can ask for. It’s also a lot of fun when you’re breaking records.”
Barrett placed second in the 100 free in 45.12, while freshman Nick Alexiou was third in a season-best time of 45.64.
Papendick picked up his second victory of the day in the 200 back, touching first in a time of 1:45.98.
“Luke has been one of the best surprises for us,” Bernardino said. “He’s a quiet kid and doesn’t say a lot, but he’s a confident racer and is a real smooth swimmer. He’s a great finisher and explodes in the last 25 percent of the race.”
Grey and Montes de Oca went 1-2 in the 200 breast, finishing in 2:00.72 and 2:02.15, respectively.
The Cavaliers swept the 500 free, with Phillips claiming the victory in 4:24.81, Daniec was second in 4:25.37 and Webb was third in 4:28.18.
Ingraham placed second in the 100 fly in 49.70, a season-best time.
Montes de Oca claimed the final individual event, the 200 IM, in a time of 1:50.51, while Grey was second in 1:51.16.
In the final event of the meet, the team of Camp, Barrett, Alexiou and junior Jonathan Buerger won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:01.99.