Swimming & Diving ACCtion: January 24-25
Jan. 25, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia swimming and diving teams closed the home portion of its 2008-09 schedule Sunday with a win over Duke at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Cavalier women earned a 169-126 win over the Blue Devils while the men won by a score of 163-123.
The meet was the final competition at the AFC for eight Virginia seniors: Tony Colella, Megan Evo, Ryan Hurley, Pat Mellors, Haley Parker, Pat Reams, Lee Robertson and Kristen Wallace.
Third-year diver Alex D'Ambrosio set a school record on the 3-meter board, earning a score of 371.02. The previous Virginia record was set in 2004 by Andrew Barber (339.52).
The 200 medley relay team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Evo and Wallace put up a win in the first event of the afternoon, posting a time of 1:43.64.
Jan. 24, 2009
Virginia Sweeps North Carolina
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A Virginia victory in the 400 free relay, the final event of the afternoon, gave the No. 13 Cavalier men a 156-144 win over No. 14 North Carolina Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Virginia's team of John Azar, Peter Geissinger, Scot Robison and Matt McLean combined to finish in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:58.33 to give the Cavaliers the win over their ACC foe.
The 11th-ranked Virginia women's swimming and diving team defeated No. 14 North Carolina 182.5-117.5 Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. <
The 200 medley relay team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Liz Shaw and Kristen Wallace put up a win in the first event of the afternoon, posting an NCAA B time of 1:41.29.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's swimming and diving programs swept the days events at War Memorial Pool on senior and parent's day. The H2Okies beat ACC foe Georgia Tech 218-82 in women's action, while the men took home a 169-131 win. Tech beat UNC Wilmington convincingly by nearly identical scores, taking a 250-50 win for the women and 249-50 for the men. The teams combined for 23 wins with eight War Memorial Pool records broken, five by the H2Okies.
On a day in which the senior class was celebrated, senior Sara Smith went out in style in her final meet in Blacksburg. Smith took the 50 and 100 free titles, while breaking both pool records in the process and engraved her name in the ACC and the Virginia Tech record books in the 50 free event. The senior posted times of 22.18 and 50.06 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively.
CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson swimming and diving teams took on NC State in McHugh Natatorium in front of a crowd of 700, and came away with a hard-earned split. The Clemson women won 173-126, while the men dropped a 165-135 decision in the final few events. The Tigers honored their sixteen seniors prior to the meet, four men and twelve women. The women improve their record to 5-4 (3-3 ACC), while the men are 2-7 (0-6 ACC).
Junior David Giambra continued his strong diving efforts for Clemson, notching a school-record in the three-meter event for the second consecutive meet. The Yardley, PA native's 376.05 broke a pool record as well, held by David Ovelson of South Carolina, who had a 360.53 in 2005. The score is the seventh-best effort in the ACC this season, a perennially difficult diving conference.
CLEMSON, S.C. - The NC State men's and women's swimming and diving teams split ACC action at Clemson on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the Wolfpack men winning 165-135 and the women falling 173-126. The Wolfpack men now stand at 5-2 (3-2 ACC) on the year, while the women move to 5-4 (2-4 ACC).
Scott Blackwelder set a new personal record and qualified for the NCAA diving zones with a 333.83 in the 3-meter dive, good for third place overall and third best on the Wolfpack roster this season. Blackwelder's 261.60 for fifth in the 1-meter is also third best on the Pack this year. Austin Hampton's 370.65 in the 3-meter dive was good for second overall, and also marked the second best score ever at the Clemson pool. Hampton later won the 1-meter dive with a 320.40.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's swimming and diving team picked up another pair of wins and a stable of solid performances Saturday when it upended Richmond and Miami at the Eppley Recreation Natatorium.
The Terps moved to 9-3 on the year after dropping Miami, 183-104, in Atlantic Coast Conference action before narrowly edging Richmond, 149-144. In a tight race with the Spiders, the 200 free relay helped Maryland to the top, winning the event courtesy of a 1:34.03 first-place finish from the team of Yelena Skalinskaya, Annie Fittin, Ginny Glover and Jackie Davidson.
Recap to follow...