Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of November 9-10
Nov. 11, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina's men's and women's swimming and diving teams posted victories Saturday afternoon in their first meet at Duke's Aquatics Center since 1985 as the Tar Heel men won 177-113 and the UNC women prevailed 178-115. Both UNC teams improved to 1-2 on the season after losing earlier dual meets to nationnally-ranked opponents Georgia and Minnesota.
The win provided UNC with a pair of points in the 2007-08 Carlyle Cup competition betwwen Carolina and Duke, upping the Tar Heels' lead in that tussle to 6 points to 1.5 points so far this school year.
The UNC men won 13 events and the Tar Heel women 12 events en route to the triumph.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Virginia men's swimming and diving edged Penn State (183.5-169.5) and defeated Michigan State (233.5-117.5) Saturday in University Park, Pa. The women notched a 2-1 record at the quad meet, downing Michigan State (262.5-90.5) and Purdue (238-115) but falling to the host Nittany Lions (218-134).
The win improves the men's record to 4-1 overall while the women are now 4-2 in dual meets this season.
Rookie Taylor Smith clocked a first-place finish in the 1000 free, finishing in a time of 9:17.80. Teammate Darren Ankosko finished second (9:19.10) behind Smith in the event. Ankosko went on to win the 400 IM in 4:00.09 and was followed by Tim Hayes (4:02.23) and Ian Vogt (4:02.67).
Jenn Narum led the Cavalier women with a first-place finish in the 1000 free, earning the win in a time of 9:56.65. Lewis also clocked a win in the 500 free with a mark of 23.47. Teammate Amber Bialas was second in the event (23.63).
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson men's and women's swimming teams hosted the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) on Friday night and won both matchups. The men improve to 6-1 (3-1) ACC while the women move to 2-5 (1-3 ACC) for the season. Both SCAD teams drop to 2-3 on the season.
The meet with SCAD served as a tune-up before the Tigers head to Chapel Hill, NC for the Nike Cup from Nov. 15-17. The meet featured many Tiger swimmers in events in which they don't usually partake.
Overall, Head Coach Chris Ip was happy, saying "I was pleased with the competition tonight. We saw some good times and it kept our kids sharp."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami swimming and diving team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 165.5-132.5 win over in-state opponent Florida Atlantic Friday afternoon at the Norman Whitten Student Union Pool.
Annika Saarnak, Britta Boesing and Kelly Peloquin all came away with two victories apiece for UM while Brittany Viola also won twice in sweeping both diving events on the afternoon.
"I am just so proud of this team," head coach Christie Shefchunas said. "They showed so much heart tonight. They fought for this win and showed the heart of true Hurricanes."
Saarnak's first win of the day came in the 200-yard freestyle event, when she came in at 1:53.44 before she later won the 100-yard freestyle event in a time of 51.20. Boesing took home the 100-yard backstroke event (57.04) and the 200-yard IM (2:04.74) while Peloquin clinched wins in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:05.59 and 2:23.23 respectively.
Yellow Jackets Fall To Georgia In Dual Meet
ATLANTA - Freshman Christine Chuang registered a NCAA B-cut time of 2:01.71 in the 200-yard fly as the Georgia Tech women's (4-3, 0-2 ACC) and men's (1-3, 0-2 ACC) swimming and diving teams fell to the nationally-ranked Georgia programs Wednesday evening. It was Chuang's second b-cut of the season as she also recorded one in the same event earlier this year at Florida Gulf Coast University. This time surpassed her personal-best by more than a half-second. The fifth-ranked UGA women won 139-94 while the eighth-ranked men's squad won 134-104.
"I think we did a great job against a very good Georgia team," head coach Stu Wilson said. "The national ranking did not phase them and I think we made some solid strides tonight. There is a very positive attitude now and we are going in the right direction."