Virginia men and women defeat second conference rival in two days
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Three school records fell as the Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs defeated Duke Sunday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The No. 10 UVa women (7-0) won 152-122 while the No. 15 Cavalier men (6-1) were victorious 153-140.
“We came off of a highly emotional and intense victory [against] North Carolina...and were more methodical and business-like [Sunday],” head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We need to be strong for seven sessions in a row at ACCs. The team that knows how to get prepared multiple days in a row is going to win and we failed to get where we needed to be emotionally [Sunday], so we can take this as a positive lesson.”
Freshman Katie Warburg broke the school record and won the 3-meter event with a score of 316.05, while Becca Corbett was second with a mark of 308.70. Both ladies were above Corbett’s school mark, which was set on Saturday against North Carolina.
“The divers were challenged to do two dual meets in one day,” diving coach Rich MacDonald said. “We did that so they could get experience for what it will be like at the ACC meet, so it was a long day, but they stepped up. I can’t say enough about how both teams dove. Especially JB [Kolod], to beat an Olympic bronze medalist is a pretty special feat and he did it twice. Top to bottom, it was a great day for Virginia diving and I am very proud that their hard work is paying off.”
“I thought our divers were tremendous this weekend,” Bernardino said. “We have a young core of divers, so if they can continue to push each other, I think they have a really bright future. That’s probably the best diving weekend I’ve seen as a coach at Virginia.”
In swimming action on Sunday, the Cavaliers went 1-2 in the women’s 1,000 free, with sophomore Alison Haulsee winning in a time of 10:01.77 and freshman Haley Durmer placing second in 10:05.69.
UVa swept the men’s 1,000 with freshmen Rodney Fentress (9:18.04) and Greg Stoffa (9:30.34) and senior Nathan Vredeveld (9:34.98) going 1-2-3.
Junior Emily Lloyd led the Cavaliers to a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 200 free in 1:50.84, while classmate Brad Phillips led a UVa 1-2-3 finish in the men’s 200 free in 1:39.48.
In the women’s 100 back, junior Charlotte Clarke won in a time of 55.97, while classmate Jack Murfee claimed the men’s race in 49.06.
The Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in both the 200 fly events, with junior Rachel Naurath winning the women’s race in a time of 2:00.96 and freshman Chris Webb claiming the men’s in 1:50.88.
Senior Lauren Perdue won two events back-to-back, taking the women’s 50 free in 23.17 and the 100 free in 50.23.
Sophomore Ellen Williamson touched first in the women’s 200 fly in 2:01.59, while the men went 1-2-3 with Murfee winning his second event of the day in 1:49.39.
Senior Christine Olson won the women’s 200 breast in 2:20.03 and junior Caroline Kenney led a UVa sweep in the women’s 500 free in 4:47.45. The men followed with a sweep in the 500 free, led by freshman Nick Alexiou (4:29.68).
Sophomore Shaun Casey touched first in the women’s 100 fly in 56.23, while senior Brady Fox finished first in the men’s 100 fly in 49.63.
Casey then went on to win the women’s 400 IM in 4:22.72 and Phillips won the men’s in 3:55.78.
The women’s team of Naurath, Lloyd, freshman Rachel Moore and junior Dana Nessler touched first in the 200 free relay in 1:34.48.