Virginia's John Azar and Mei Christensen Take ACC Swimming and Diving Accolades

Jan. 26, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia seniors John Azar and Mei Christensen were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, announced today, for the period ending January 24. Azar and Christensen each guided their respective squads to a pair of ACC dual meet victories, as the Cavaliers defeated Duke (Jan. 22) and nationally-ranked North Carolina (Jan. 23) on consecutive days. Additionally, Azar is the fourth Virginia male to earn performer of the week honors this season, and Christensen—also taking Virginia’s fourth weekly honor—is earning the award for the second time in three weeks.

Azar won both the 100-yard breaststroke (57.03) and the 100-yard freestyle (46.13) in Virginia’s 159-133 dual meet victory over Duke, and posted national “B” cut qualifying times in winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.86) and guiding the 400-yard freestyle relay team to first place (2:58.40) in a 168-132 victory over No. 14 North Carolina (College Swimming Coaches Association of America). The El Paso, Texas, native’s times against the Tar Heels rank fourth and first, respectively, among the ACC’s top-10 performance lists this season.

Mei Christensen Christensen won two individual events, was part of three winning relay teams, and posted a national “A” cut qualifying time last week. In the Cavalier’s 157.5-127.5 win over Duke, Christensen placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.64) and aided the 200-yard medley relay team to a first-place finish in a national “B” cut qualifying time of 1:42.47. The Reston, Va., native then became the third individual in the ACC this season—and first in a backstroke event—to post an “A” cut time with a 52.93 first-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke in Virginia’s 185-113 win against the No. 15 Tar Heels. She also won the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.36) and helped the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.38) and 400-yard medley relay teams (3:19.77) to victories, all of which were good enough for “B” cut times.

Both the Cavalier men’s and women’s victories against North Carolina broke a tie for first place between the two teams, vaulting Virginia into sole possession of the top spot in the dual-meet standings. The Cavaliers conclude their regular season this weekend with dual meets at Navy on Friday, January 29 at 4 p.m., and at home against Pittsburgh on Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m.

The ACC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week will be announced by 5 p.m. each Tuesday during the season. More ACC swimming and diving information can be accessed at theACC.com.