Jan. 20, 2018
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept North Carolina in a dual competition on Saturday (Jan. 20) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, Va. The No. 8 Virginia women (10-0) ended the year undefeated in dual competition with a, 196-104, win over No. 21 North Carolina (4-3). The No. 23 Cavalier men (6-4) defeated the Tar Heels (3-4) 192.5-101.5.
“We had another great competition today, backing up the good racing that we had yesterday against NC State, with a competitive battle with UNC,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Both teams coming out victorious was a good result for us. I think that there is an interesting rivalry between these two programs that stems back 20 or 30
The Cavaliers captured 21 first-place finishes in the meet with Junior Kylie Towbin (New Canaan, Conn.) and senior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) highlighting the day. Towbin set a Virginia record in the 3-meter dive, recording a score of 355.05, while Cooper set an Aquatic and Fitness Center record in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.13.
Additionally, five Cavaliers recorded two individual first-place finishes. Freshman Anna Pang (SINGAPORE) placed first in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.57 and the women’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.11, while sophomore Mary Claire Tansill (Bristow, Va.) finished first in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.74 and the women’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.05. Senior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) captured the top swim in the women’s 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.07 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:49.01.
Redshirt junior Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) and junior Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) led the men’s team with a pair of individual first-place finishes. Casey won the men’s 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:09.90 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.28. Fong won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.53 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49.69.
The women’s team rounded out the meet with senior Cece Williams (Tallahassee, Fla.) finishing first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:57.82, as sophomore Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) placed first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.07 and junior Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.72.
The men’s team concluded the day with freshman Sam Schilling (Excelsior, Minn.) topping the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.36. Sophomores Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain) and Ryan Baker (Arlington, Va.) led the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Clark recorded a time of 48.21, while Baker recorded a time of 44.63. Freshman Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) paced the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:58.60, while junior Sam Magnan (Bethlehem, Pa.) finished first in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) finished first in the 100-yard butterfly. Magnan recorded a time of 4:27.49 and Keblish touched the wall with a time of 47.51.
The Cavaliers captured three relay wins, including a sweep of the 200-yard medley relay. The women’s 200-yard medley relay team freshman Abby Richter (Henderson, Ne.), junior Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.), Pang and Cooper, respectively, recorded a time of 1:39.74, while the men’s team of Clark, freshman Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.), Keblish and senior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.), respectively, recorded a time of 1:28.02. The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Keblish, Clark, Baker
The Cavaliers will return to action on February 14 for the women’s ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
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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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