Teams earn solid result against Indiana, Penn State
The No. 10 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team defeated Penn State and No. 14 Indiana in this weekend’s tri-meet in Bloomington, Ind., while the No. 8 Virginia men defeated No. 24 Penn State but narrowly fell to No. 7 Indiana.
The Virginia women (5-0) tallied 10 first place finishes en route to a 226-126 victory against Indiana (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) and cruised to a 210-141 victory against Penn State (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten).
The Cavalier women began Friday evening by capturing the first event, the 200 freestyle relay. Senior Lauren Perdue, who anchored that relay, went on to earn first place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free. Junior Rachel Naurath, who swam the first leg of the relay, went on to win the 500 free and the 200 butterfly.
The Virginia men (4-1) handily defeated the Nittany Lions (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) 198-155, but Indiana (4-2, 1-0 Big Ten) pulled out a one-point victory 177-176.
Junior Brad Phillips earned the team’s lone first-place finish in the 1000 free Saturday, but second-place finishes in the 100 fly, 200 breast, 200 free and 400 IM kept the Cavaliers close to Indiana going into the final event of the meet — the 400 free relay.
The top Virginia relay in the 400 free bested Indiana’s top time, but the next best Cavalier relay finished roughly five seconds behind the Hoosiers. To win the meet, the Cavaliers’ second best relay needed to defeat the top Hoosier squad.
Virginia will have a weekend off to prepare for its final fall meet, the Georgia Fall Invitational.