No. 7 Virginia sneaks past No. 9 North Carolina with 152-146 victory
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Virginia (9-1) prevailed against the No. 7 Tar Heels 152-146.
In the women’s 200 IM, juniors Ellen Williamson and Shaun Casey went 1-2 to give the Cavaliers a 146-135 lead. The women’s 400 free relay of senior Rachel Naurath, freshman Leah Smith, freshman Ellen Thomas and senior Emily Lloyd finished second in 3:22.61 to clinch the victory for the women..
On the diving boards, sophomore Becca Corbett swept the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 288.38 and 314.78, respectively.
No. 1 California 190, No. 10 Arizona 109
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Cal’s No.1 team closed out its home season with a convincing 190-109 victory against 10th-ranked Arizona on Saturday before a record and capacity crowd of more than 1,500 fans at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
The Golden Bears won 11 of 16 events, led by freshman Missy Franklin, who captured three individual races for the second day in a row.
Early in the meet, Cal posted a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome of Rachel Bootsma, Marina Garcia, Tran and Kaylin Bing reached the wall first in 1:41.59, with Au, Yvette Kong, Farida Osman and Camille Cheng holding off UA’s team by .02 seconds in 1:41.59 for second place.
Next in the 200 free, sophomore Rachael Acker went out quickly from lane 2 and came through to win in 1:47.03. Caroline Piehl (1:48.31) and Elizabeth Pelton (1:48.43) followed up to give the Bears a sweep of the top three places.
Perhaps the most notable victory for the Bears came in the 50-yard freestyle when Bing out-touched reigning NCAA champion Margo Geer of Arizona, 22.80 to 22.85.
No. 5 Florida 173.5, No. 12 Auburn 124.5
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida (5-2, 3-1 SEC) relied on the 2014 senior class to sweep No. 12 Auburn women (3-2, 1-1 SEC) in front of an overflow crowd at the O’Connell Center on Saturday. Florida topped the Tigers 173.5-124.5.
UF won 12 of 16 events, including a split of the relays and a sweep of the diving events. Senior Elizabeth Beisel paced the women with a trio of wins in the 200 backstroke (1:55.21), 200 butterfly (1:57.82) and 200 individual medley (1:59.20). All three of Beisel’s swims broke the NCAA ‘B’ standard.
Senior Marcin Cieslak led the men and had his hand in four wins, touching first in the 100 fly (47.68) and 200 freestyle (1:36.92) and swimming on the first place 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
No. 4 Georgia 177.5, Tennessee 114.5
ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs ousted the No. 15 Lady Volunteers 177.5-114.5, improving their season record to 9-0-1 (4-0-1 SEC).
Brittany MacLean pulled Georgia to an early lead by posting winning times in back-to-back events. MacLean finished with a time of 9:36.85 in the 1,000 freestyle. She turned around to claim the 200 freestyle, touching in at 1:46.93. Melanie Margalis was also a double winner for the Lady Bulldogs. She finished with a time of 59.82 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:55.56 in the 200 backstroke.
Other winners for the Lady Bulldogs were Olivia Smoliga, Hali Flickinger, Maddie Locus, Shannon Vreeland, Amber McDermott, Lauren Harrington and Nicole Vernon. Smoliga went 54.13 to win the 100 backstroke. Flickinger claimed the 200 butterfly as she stopped the clock at 1:58.51. Locus touched in at 22.67 to take the 50 freestyle. Vreeland posted a time of 50.04 in the 100 freestyle. McDermott went 4:46.56 to finish first in the 500 freestyle. Harrington touched in at 53.80 to take the 100 butterfly. In the 400 individual medley, Vernon claimed the victory with her time of 4:12.98.