Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of November 30 - December 2
Dec. 3, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Virginia Tech swimming and diving squad finished first in 18 of 32 events to sweep NC State as the No. 23-nationally ranked women won by a score of 184-116, while the men edged out the Wolfpack, 155-145, on Saturday afternoon at Casey Natatorium.
With the win, the women move up to 8-2 (2-1 ACC), and the men (6-3, 1-2 ACC) earn their first ACC victory of the year after two weeks ago finishing ahead of then-No. 16 North Carolina and Clemson to win their first-ever Nike Cup.
"Today was all about racing and competing," head coach Ned Skinner said. "It really wasn't about putting the fastest time on the board coming off Thanksgiving. We had a tough week of work getting back into the groove. We just wanted to come here to Raleigh and compete against a real good team. Our senior leadership showed through today, and the divers took care of business. It ended up being a real nice win for the team."
ATHENS, Ga. - Both the Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams placed second at the Georgia Invitational, which wrapped up Sunday in Athens, Ga.
Both squads finished second behind host Georgia. The women racked up 906 points to Georgia's 1180, while the men finished with 776 to the Bulldogs' 970.
The Cavalier women claimed 14 more NCAA `B' qualifying standards on the final day of competition, including five marks in the 1650 freestyle. Rookies Claire Galdun (16:25.62) and Claire Crippen (16:35.33) finished third and fourth, respectively. Teammate Jenna Harris (16:41.08) placed fifth, Jenn Narum (16:41.32) was fifth and Leslie Swinley (16:46.67) finished sixth.
Fourth year Kenton Harris claimed first-place honors in the 200 back, winning in an NCAA `B' time of 1:46.67, to help lead the men. Bryan Stahl had a fifth-place showing in the event, finishing in 1:49.49. Lee Robertson also picked up a `B' standard in the 200 fly, finishing third in 1:47.84.
ATLANTA - Members on the Georgia Tech men's and women's swimming teams posted solid outings this weekend at the 2007 Short Course National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Competing against some of the nation's top swimmers including Olympians Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Kara Lynn Joyce and Natalie Coughlin, several Yellow Jackets were able to turn in solid performances.
"We had some outstanding swims this weekend," Head Coach Stu Wilson said. "It was great to see all of our hard work paying off and have so many outstanding performances in front of all of our fans this weekend."
Noah Copeland advanced to the finals in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. In the 200, he touched the wall in 1:38.77 in the prelims, but topped that by almost three seconds in the final. His time of 1:36.06 was good for a first-place finish in the "B" race but the mark was actually better than a few swimmers in the "A" race. It also broke his own school record set last year and was a NCAA B-cut time.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Georgia Tech senior diver Stephanie England won the platform diving event Sunday in the final day of action at the LSU Invitational. England, who also won the three-meter event on Saturday, was going up against two of the top diving programs in the country in LSU and Auburn.
England edged out LSU's Paige Brown 238.25-236.55 to win the platform event. She posted scores of 42.00, 49.60, 54.00, 47.85 and 44.80 in her five dives.
On the men's side, Evan Stowers came in fourth with a combined score of 294.45. He posted scores of 58.50, 40.00, 42.05, 59.20, 52.70 and 42.00 in his dives.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Caroline Byron won three events to help the women's swimming team (7-3, 0-1 ACC) defeat Williams College, 162-138, Sunday afternoon. The men's team (5-4, 0-1 ACC) received two top finishes from John Maloy, but it was not enough as they fell to Williams, 181-115.
Byron swept the three sprint freestyles, finishing first in the 50-yard (24.75), 100-yard (53.77) and 200-yard (1:56.24) events. The three wins marks the second meet in a row that Byron won a trio of events.
On the men's side, Maloy placed first in the 500-yard free and 1,000-yard free. The freshman finished the 500 free in 4:44.66 and the 1,000 free in 9:48.74. Brett Bromann was the other men's team winner, finishing the 200-yard back, in 1:57.49.
HANOVER, N.H. - The Boston College men's and women's swimming teams split a dual meet against the Dartmouth Big Green on Friday evening. The men won in dramatic fashion taking the final event, 400-yard free relay, to capture the victory 152-148. The women were defeated by a score of 155-145.
The men's team improved its record to 5-3 overall, 0-1 in the ACC. The women dropped to 6-3 overall, 0-1 in ACC play.
On the men's side, the 400-yard free relay team of Dominick Boccio, Brett Bromann, William Schwitter and Alex Spaeth placed first in a time of 3:13.11, which edged out Darmouth's second place time of 3:14.02. The win proved to be the difference maker in the Eagles four-point victory.
The women's team was led by Caroline Byron, who placed first in three events. Byron took top honors in the 50-yard free (24.19), 100-yard free (52.92) and 200-yard free (1:55.39) on the evening.