Jan. 20, 2013
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 over North Carolina yesterday and were more methodical and business-like today,” 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 today, so we can take this as a positive lesson.”
In diving action on Saturday night, Kolod broke the pool and school record on the 3-meter boards with a score of 418.05. In addition, he broke the school mark in 1m diving with a score of 369.30 en route to a first-place finish.
On the women’s side, freshman Katie Warburg broke the school record and won the 3m event with a score of 316.05, while classmate Becca Corbett was second with a mark of 308.70. Both ladies were above Corbett’s school mark, which was set earlier 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, 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 afternoon, 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.
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).
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.
Before the meet, the Cavaliers honored their 12 seniors, including Tom Barrett, Tom Casey, Meredith Cavalier, Fox, Kelly Grant, Meg Hutchinson, Anais Menguy, Nick Montes de Oca, Matt Murray, Olson, Perdue and Vredeveld.
“They’ve been a group that’s achieved a lot and competed at a very high level,” Bernardino said. “The most important thing to me is that this year’s seniors have a chance to end their careers as the last five senior classes have, as ACC Champions and one of the elite teams in the country. That’s how I’d like to see their farewell end.”
The Cavaliers return to action next weekend when they face Wisconsin and Virginia Tech in a tri-meet with three sessions that will mimic the NCAA Championships in March. The action begins Friday (Jan. 25) at 5:40 p.m. and continues Saturday (Jan. 26) at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Diving will occur at 3 p.m. Friday and immediately after the first session on Saturday.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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