Swimming sweeps Auburn, diving competes at Tennessee

The Cavalier swimmers recorded a pair of ranked victories while several divers posted impressive scores

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The men's and women's swimming teams both defeated their ranked Auburn counterparts, as they enter a grueling ACC schedule. 

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams swept Auburn in a dual meet Jan. 4, while the Cavalier diving team competed in the Tennessee Diving Invitational from Jan. 3-5 to open the new year. 

Swimming vs. Auburn

The No. 3 women’s team took down No. 14 Auburn by a score of 253-195 while the No. 15 men’s team slipped by the No. 23 Tigers 235-213. Freshman Kate Douglass starred once again — winning three individual events as well as two relay events.

Douglass won both the 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle in the short course with times of 53.40 and 48.2, respectively. In the long course races, Douglass set a Virginia record in the 50-meter freestyle, posting a time of 25.18.

Douglass was also part of winning relay teams in the 200-yard medley and the 400-meter medley relay.

Junior Paige Madden recorded victories with times of 1:46.12 in the 200-yard freestyle and 4:43.85 in the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Ella Nelson won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:12.73 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.49.

Other female winners included junior Abby Richter in the 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Jessica Nava in the 100-meter butterfly and senior Megan Moroney in the 100-meter backstroke.

On the men’s side, junior Samuel Schilling, sophomore Casey Storch and sophomore Justin Grender all led the way by recording two wins each.

Schilling win the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:37.85 and the 100-meter freestyle by posting a time of 51.07. Storch’s two wins came in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-meter individual medley with times of 3:56.38 and 2:04.57, respectively. Grender captured wins in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:45.27 and in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 57.03

Additionally for the men, freshman Sean Conway won the 100-yard individual medley, junior Matthew Otto won the 200-yard backstroke and junior Keefer Barnum won the 100-meter backstroke.

The men also recorded victories in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-meter freestyle relay with times of 1:28.53 and 3:24.08 respectively.

"We had a great day down in Auburn," Coach Todd DeSorbo said. “They are a great team, and they competed hard and gave our team a really good run. I think both teams really stepped up, especially in this time of year when there is some really intense training going on.”

Diving at the Tennessee Diving Invitational

The Virginia diving teams at the Tennessee Diving Invitational also recorded some impressive results.

After winning the preliminary round with a score of 350.65, senior Sydney Dusel finished second on the women’s 3m board with a final score of 350.60. Junior Jocelyn Porter finished seventh and freshman Jennifer Bell finished eighth in the event.

Dusel also placed second on the 1 meter board with a score of 308.50.

Sophomore Walker Creedon dominated the men’s platform by posting a score of 332.80 — winning the event by over 20 points.

On the men’s 3 meter board both Creedon and sophomore Jake Greenberg advanced to the finals with Creedon finishing seventh and Greenberg finishing 12th.

"I'm really proud of all of our divers for their work this weekend," diving Coach Drew Livingston said. "In terms of attitude and effort, they put it out there and we're leaving Knoxville with some good results and plenty of positives.”

The Cavaliers will be back in action Jan. 18th in Christiansburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech, where both swimming and diving teams will compete. 

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