Virginia treads past Duke for win
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams celebrated senior day with dual meet victories against Duke Sunday at the Aquatic and Fitness center. The ninth-ranked UVa women recorded a 156-132 win against the Blue Devils while the No. 14 Cavalier men won by a score of 155-132.
Prior to the meet, Virginia's 16 seniors - James Barnett, Timmy Hayes, Zach Kohl, Matt McLean, Nathan Parker, Scot Robison, Taylor Smith, John Snawerdt, Katya Bachrouche, Claire Crippen, Hannah Davis, Amanda Faulkner, Jennings Grant, Kristen Moores, Anne Summer Myers and Liz Shaw - were honored for their contributions to the swimming and diving program.
The women's 200 medley relay team commenced the meet with a 1-2 performance. Jenny Lewis, Kelly Flynn, Shaw and Lauren Perdue teamed up to win the event in 1:44.14, followed by teammates Meredith Cavalier, Faulkner, Emily Lloyd and Moores, who touched in 1:44.93.
"It's always good when you can jump off to a big lead early in the meet," Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. "I think that allowed us to do some things later and swim some athletes in some different races. It makes the sport fun and I think the seniors were able to enjoy their last meet."
Virginia then officially produced 1-2-3 finishes in three events.
Shaw led a Virginia sweep in the 200 freestyle, finishing first in a NCAA 'B' time of 1:49.12. She was followed by Davis in second (1:51.11) and Flynn in third (1:51.20).
Crippen, another fourth year, paced UVa's 200 fly field with a winning mark of 2:01.13. Bachrouche (2:03.31) and Riley Flanagan (2:04.68) were second and third, respectively.
Lloyd won the 100 freestyle in a time of 50.89. She was followed by Flynn (51.45) and Meredith Perdue (51.52) to complete the sweep.
Lauren Perdue added individual wins in the 50 freestyle (23.10) and 500 free in (4:49.55, 'B'). Other event winners for the Orange and Blue included Caroline Kenney in the 200 backstroke (1:59.72), Naurath in the 100 butterfly (55.52) and Cavalier in the 100 backstroke (56.42).
The men also started strong with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Jack Murfee, Taylor Grey, Peter Geissinger and Robison took first-place honors in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:31.17. Matt Murray, Tom Casey, Tom Barrett and Kohl tied for second with Duke's 'A' relay, finishing in 1:32.55.
Virginia officially tallied five 1-2-3 individual event finishes against the Blue Devils.
The Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in the 1650 freestyle, led by freshman Brad Phillips' winning time of 15:36.76. Snawerdt placed second (15:44.88) and sophomore Nathan Vredeveld was third (15:56.07).
Robison clocked a 'B' mark of 1:38.28 en route to victory in the 200 freestyle. Geissinger (1:39.57) and Smith (1:40.06) placed second and third, respectively.
Sophomore Brady Fox won the 100 backstroke in 50.49, followed by teammates Parker Camp (50.84) and David Wren (51.31).
Vredeveld led a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 back (1:50.02) ahead of Wren (1:50.98) and Jack Murfee (1:52.76).
In the 200 butterfly, McLean claimed top honors with a winning mark of 1:50.34. Nathan Hart was second in 1:51.00 and Cody Brunette was third with a time of 1:52.93.
Camp went on to win the 500 freestyle (4:29.99), while Grey recorded two victories in the 100 breaststroke (56.69) and 200 breaststroke (2:01.66). Barrett was another double event winner for the Cavaliers with victories in the 50 free (20.28) and 100 free (44.77).
Both Virginia squads return to action with a dual meet at Pittsburgh next Saturday (Jan. 29). Competition is scheduled for 12 p.m.
"It's very important that we maintain very high levels of focus," Bernardino concluded.