Dec. 3, 2016
ATHENS, Ga.—The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams broke three school records on the second day of the Georgia Fall Invitational Saturday (Dec. 3) at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.
After two days, the Cavalier women are in third place with 491 points, behind California (638) and Georgia (565). Michigan is fourth (404), while Florida State is fifth (284). The UVA men are in fourth place with 414.5 points, behind California (574), Georgia (520) and Auburn (472). Florida State is fifth (356.5) and Michigan is sixth (334).
“We continued to have great performances on both sides today,” UVA head coach Augie Busch said. “Those last relays (800 free) were exceptional in the way they fought. We are trying something different this year with a lot less rest for this meet and they’re swimming awesome nonetheless. We look forward to tomorrow and the chance to capitalize on many more opportunities.”
Senior Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) won the women’s 100-yard breaststroke in a school-record time of 58.41. Sophomore Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.) was fifth in 1:00.62, while freshman Madeleine Vonderhaar (Lakeside Park, Ky.) was eighth in 1:01.05. In the prelims, Vonderhaar’s 1:00.83 ranks fifth on UVA’s all-time list, while fellow freshman Mary Claire Tansill’s (Bristow, Va.) 1:01.43 ranks eighth.
Senior Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) finished second in the women’s 400 IM in 4:07.15 after breaking the school record in 4:06.33 during the prelims. Sophomore Rachel Politi (Bexley, Ohio) finished seventh in a time of 4:11.49, which ranks ninth on UVA’s all-time list. Jones also set a school record in the women’s 100 fly prelims in 51.58.
In the women’s 800 free relay, the team of Jones, junior Jennifer Marrkand (Westford, Mass.), freshman Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) and sophomore Eryn Eddy (Loveland, Colo.) placed third in an automatic NCAA-qualifying time of 7:04.80. The men’s team of freshmen Joe Clark (Worcester Park, Great Britain) and John Whiteside (Fairfield, Conn.), senior Austin Quinn (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Bryce Keblish (Fairfield, Conn.) also finished third in 6:23.71.
The team of Clark, sophomores Alex Albracht (Mission Hills, Kan.) and Zach Fong (Moorestown, N.J.) and senior Matt Lockman (Charlottesville, Va.) finished fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:26.18, which ranks fourth on UVA’s all-time list.
In the men’s 200 free, Whiteside finished third in a time of 1:35.37, which ranks 10th on UVA’s all-time list.
In men’s 3-meter diving, freshman Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) finished third with a finals score of 344.30. On the women’s 1-meter boards, sophomore Kirsten Parkinson (Stamford, Conn.) finished 10th overall with 246.25 points.
Keblish and Fong placed fourth and sixth in the men’s 100 fly, respectively. Keblish’s time of 46.65 ranks in a tie for second on UVA’s all-time list, while Fong’s 47.00 is fifth.
In the men’s 400 IM, freshman Ted Schubert (Ashland, Va.) placed seventh in 3:47.89, which ranks 10th on UVA’s all-time list, while Quinn was eighth in 3:49.52. Quinn’s prelim time of 3:44.86 ranks third on UVA’s all-time list and redshirt sophomore Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif.) posted a 3:47.50 in the B final, which is ninth on the same list.
Marrkand (1:45.45) and Eddy (1:45.74) finished fifth and sixth in the women’s 200 free. Marrkand’s prelim time of 1:45.11 and Eddy’s prelim mark of 1:45.73 rank fifth and eighth on UVA’s all-time list.
Clark touched fifth in the men’s 100 back in a time of 47.20. His prelim time of 46.31 ranks third on UVA’s all-time list.
Thomas placed eighth in the women’s 100 fly in 53.63.
The meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. Diving action is set to begin at 11 a.m.
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