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Virginia Wins Nine Events Against Michigan and Penn State

Zach Fong

Nov. 4, 2016

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams won nine events against Michigan and Penn State on the first day of the two-day meet Friday (Nov. 4) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville.

After one day, the No. 6 Cavalier women lead No. 1 Michigan, 100-66, and Penn State, 128-39. The No. 25 Virginia men lead Penn State, 109-57, but trail No. 6 Michigan, 116-51.

Senior Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) broke the AFC pool record in the women's 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:38.06. Fellow senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) broke the pool record in the women's 100 breaststroke in 1:00.29. In the women's 200 butterfly, junior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.) set a new pool record in 1:55.61.

The women's 400 medley relay of sophomore Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Simon, senior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) and freshman Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) broke the pool record in 3:34.99.

Other swimming event winners for UVA were sophomore Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) in the men's 200 fly (1:46.30), Jones in the women's 200 IM (1:59.15) and Marrkand in the 200 back (1:56.90). In addition, the women's 200 free relay of Moroney, senior Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom), junior Caitlin Cooper (Atlanta, Ga.) and Hill touched first in 1:30.91.


 

 

In diving, freshman Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) won the men's 3-meter event with a mark of 337.85, while fellow freshman Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) placed second in the women's 1-meter event with a score of 261.05.

Two other pool records were broken Friday night. Michigan's Siobhan Haughley set a new women's 200 IM mark in 1:58.98, while Penn State's Shane Ryan won the men's 100 free in 43.09.

The action continues Saturday with diving at 9:30 a.m. and swimming at noon.

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