Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of October 26-28
Oct. 28, 2007
Clemson at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Clemson Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The 12th-ranked men downed Clemson 176-116 while the No. 19 women beat the Lady Tigers 178.5-116.5. Both squads move to 2-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season and are 2-1 on the year.
The women dominated Clemson, going 1-2-3 in six events. In the 1000 freestyle, Jenn Narum finished first with a time of 10:00.42. Claire Galdun (10:02.33) and Leslie Swinley (10:04.49) placed second and third, respectively. Jess Lewis, Jenna Harris and Megan Evo went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle, with Lewis finishing in a winning time of 1:50.32.
Mei Christensen led the field in the 200 back (2:01.75), closely followed by teammates Amanda Faulkner and Claire Crippen. Claire Galdun won the 500 free though swam it as an exhibition, with a time of 4:54.37. Narum took the event's first-place points, followed by Swinley and Harris.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's and women's swimming and diving squads each picked up wins on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Willis R. Casey Aquatics Center on the NC State campus in Raleigh. The men climbed to 3-0 (1-0 ACC) with a 217-82 decision over Duke, while the women moved to 2-2 (0-1 ACC) by topping Campbell (239-46) and falling to the Blue Devils (156-141).
The men took first in 15 of 16 events, as Stephen Mellor (100-back, 200-back, 400-IM) led the charge with three victories. Andrew Lester (1650-free, 500-free), Mason McGee (200-free, 100-free), Dan Forsythe (100-breast, 200-breast) and Mike Seiferth (100-butterfly, 200-butterfly) each had two a piece.
On the women's side, Jennifer Kopenitz fell just shy of the school-record (2:01.10 by Nancy Chapman in 1993) in the 200-back with a 2:01.78 to claim first. Kopenitz's mark takes third-place in State's record books. Anna Linkenauger finished second (2:06.17) in the 200-back, while Erica Smith (59.79), Allison Hagan (1:00.43) and Amanda Panty (1:00.48) placed second, fourth and fifth respectively in the 100-back.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Georgia Tech women's swimming and diving team swept a quad meet at Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated Florida Atlantic, 182-118, Florida Gulf Coast University, 183-117, and the University of Tampa 233-54. Tech won 12 of the day's 16 events led by sophomore Agatha Kwasnik and freshman Christine Chuang who had two individual wins apiece and were part of two more winning relay teams.
"This was a very good day for us," said head coach Stu Wilson. "Despite being tired heading into the meet, they really got it and were able to swim much faster than the last quad meet two weeks ago. Today was a good test of the mental toughness needed for the ACC Championship and we are very pleased with the results."
The Tech relay team of Kwasnik, Chuang as well as sophomores Ryann Kopacka and Lisa Pucci began the meet by winning the 200 yard medley in a time of 1:48.92. Senior Elizabeth Stowe followed that by winning the 1,000 yard freestyle in a time of 10:06.68. She also captured the 500 yard freestyle with a mark of 4:58.88.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's swimming and diving team rebounded from a hard-fought loss last weekend to nationally ranked Virginia to sweep Southeastern Conference member Kentucky by nearly identical scores, 167.5-132.5 on the women's side and 167-133 on the men's at War Memorial Pool on Saturday afternoon.
With a win in their first ever meet against the No. 18 Wildcats, the No. 25 Virginia Tech women move up to 3-1 (1-1 ACC), while the men are back at .500 with a 2-2 overall record (0-2 ACC).
"I thought it was a great day for the H2Okies," Head Coach Ned Skinner said. "It was just a lot of fun, from the senior leadership all the way to the hundreds of fans in attendance and the parents leading cheers and people contributing. Just the notion that our depth is really what made us pull away in the meet was really satisfying, knowing that we still have a few of our performers out. That's exciting."
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland men's swimming and diving team won their season opener against Johns Hopkins, 154-108. The meet took place on Friday, October 26 at the Eppley Recreation Center.
The Terps began the day by taking first place in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Nick Cordes, Eric Cullen, Captain Eric Thomasson, and Andy Dilz finished with a final time of 1:34.19.
The University of Maryland women's swimming and diving team won their season opener against Johns Hopkins, 264-137. The meet took place on Friday, October 26 at the Eppley Recreation Center.
The women began play by taking the top two spots in the 200-yard medley relay. Annie Fittin, Stephanie Parker, Blair Cross, and Maya Finkler took first place with a combined time of 1:48.34, while Patty DeScenza, Emily Smoak, Jen Vogel, and Kathryn Snedeker took second with a time of 1:49.68.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept all five events at the 2007 Tar Heel Invitational Friday evening at Koury Natatorium. The Tar Heel effort was led by freshman Tyler Harris of Richmond, Va., who captured both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1650-yard freestyle.
UNC finished on top in all four relay events as the men won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:26.90 and the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.86. The women won those two events in times of 1:34.57 and 1:47.07, respectively.
In the 400-yard individual medley, Carolina sophomore Alison Clemens won the women's race in a career best time of 4:19.02. That was also an NCAA "B" qualifying standard. Meanwhile, freshman Tyler Harris copped the men's event in an NCAA "B" standard time of 3:53.36.
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