March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—UVa freshman Luke Papendick broke the 200 back school record as the Virginia men’s swimming and diving team concluded the NCAA Championships Saturday (March 30) at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Cavaliers finished with 22 points to place 27th in the team standings. Michigan took home the team title with 480 points, followed by California (406.5), Arizona (313.5), USC (289) and Texas (288).
“I’m proud of the way our guys battled and stayed positive as a team unit throughout the fastest NCAA meet in history,” UVa head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We brought a lot of student-athletes who were at their first NCAA meet and had numerous finishes from 17th to 24th. If we continue to grow, work hard as a team and build on this year, it bodes well for our future.”
Papendick broke the 200 back school record with a time of 1:41.50, winning the consolation final to finish ninth overall. That mark is the second-fastest time in Atlantic Coast Conference history. In the morning preliminaries, Papendick touched in a time of 1:41.56, lowering his previous best mark of 1:41.90, set at the ACC Championships. His two swims at the national meet are the two fastest times in the conference this year.
“I wanted to come in with the last race of the season and see what I could achieve,” Papdendick said. “I was bummed that I didn’t make the championship final, so I definitely wanted to go out and win the consolation final. I had a lot left in the tank for tonight’s swim, kicked it into gear and was able to pull out the win.”
“To win a consolation final as a freshman is an outstanding achievement,” Bernardino said. “Luke put together two extraordinary swims today and the poise he shows as a first-year is exceptional.”
With the ninth-place finish, Papendick earns honorable mention All-America honors. The freshman from Kinnelon, N.J., becomes the sixth Cavalier to earn All-America distinction in the 200 back, last achieved by Luke Wagner in 2004.
In the 200 breast, junior Taylor Grey placed 18th overall in 1:55.98. Barrett was 25th in the 100 free in 43.36.
On the platform diving boards, sophomore JB Kolod placed 21st with a score of 306.9.
Nick Alexiou – 800 free relay (honorable mention)
Tom Barrett – 800 free relay (honorable mention)
Jonathan Buerger – 800 free relay (honorable mention)
Parker Camp – 800 free relay (honorable mention)
JB Kolod – 3-meter diving (honorable mention)
Luke Papendick – 200 backstroke (honorable mention)
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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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