Teams finish 2012 with impressive showing against ranked opponents

Virginia swimming and diving squads maintain positions in standings with strong performances


The Virginia swimming and diving teams completed the 2012 portion of their seasons this weekend with impressive showings at the Georgia Fall Invitational.

The No. 9 Virginia (4-1) men finished in second place in the championship style meet, trailing only reigning NCAA champion No. 3 California. The other two ranked teams in attendance, No. 11 Georgia and No. 16 Auburn finished third and fourth, respectively.

The No. 10 Virginia women (5-0) finished in third place behind No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 California, but beat out No. 9 Auburn, who rounded out the ranked teams in attendance.

On the men’s side, senior Tom Barrett finished third in the 50 free, sophomore JB Kolod finished fourth in men’s one-meter diving and junior Jan Daniec placed sixth in the 500 free to set the tone for the meet Friday.

The Cavalier men maintained their position in the standings Saturday, buoyed by a third-place finish in the 800 free relay, sophomore David Ingraham’s fourth place in the 400 IM and freshman Yannick Kaeser’s fifth-place finish in the 100 breast.

Highlights Sunday included fifth-place finishes by Barrett in the 100 free, freshman Luke Papendick in the 200 back and junior Taylor Grey in the 200 breast.

For the women, senior Lauren Perdue finished second in the 50 free and junior Rachel Naurath finished third in the 500 free to begin the meet Friday.

Perdue followed that up with a second-place finish in the 200 free Saturday and freshman Courtney Bartholomew finished fourth in the 100 back.

On the final day Sunday, six Cavalier women finished in the top 10 in the 1650 freestyle and Bartholomew placed second in the 200 back behind California freshman Elizabeth Pelton, who broke an American record in the race.

Several Cavaliers earned NCAA Championship qualifying times, including Bartholomew in the 200 backstroke, Perdue in the 200 free and the women’s 800 free relay team consisting of Perdue, Naurath and sophomores Shaun Casey and Ellen Williamson.

The teams will not race again until late January.
__-compiled by Matt Comey

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