CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams both posted impressive victories over Atlantic Coast Conference rival N.C. State on Saturday afternoon at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The 10th-ranked men's team defeated the Wolfpack 140.5-98.5, while the eighth-ranked women's team downed N.C. State 134-101. With the victory, the Virginia men improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC and NCSU falls to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Cavalier women are now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, and improve their dual meet winning streak to 15-straight. The N.C. State women drop to 8-3 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.
The Virginia men's won eight of 13 events en route to its victory. Fourth-years Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) and Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O'Neal) both won two individual events for the Cavaliers. Ramirez was victorious in the 200 and 500 freestyles with times of 1:40.21 and 4:31.03, respectively. Finch won the 400 individual medley (3:57.11) and the 200 butterfly (1:47.74). Finch also swam a leg on UVa's winning 400-medley relay team that posted a time of 3:19.65. Second-years Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside) and Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and third-year Troy Johnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) also swam legs on the winning relay.
In addition to swimming on the winning 400 medley relay, Moses won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:59.13, more than seven seconds ahead of first-year teammate Jonathan Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) who finished second in 2:06.64. Third-year Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and first-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) were the other event winners for Virginia. Grimes won the 1000 free with a time of 9:09.91, while Yimsomruay was triumphant in the 200 backstroke (1:50.53).
N.C. State junior Andy Johnson swept the diving events. He won the one and three-meter competitions with 315 and 322.35 points, respectively. Junior Greg Solt also won a pair of individual events as he earned victories in the 50 free (20.68) and 100 free (45.97). The Wolfpack also won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:03.76 with Solt swimming the first leg.
The Virginia women's swimming and diving team also turned in an outstanding performance as it won the first nine events of the meet. First-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was the Cavaliers' only double individual event winner. She won the 400 IM with a time of 4:23.44 and the 200 fly in 2:02.60.
Fourth-year Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) won the 50 free in a time of 23.54, while third-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) touched in 2:02.77 to win the 200 back. Iffland and Cronk swam the lead and anchor legs, respectively, on Virginia's winning 400-medley relay (3:51.81). Second-year Caitlin Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) and fourth-year Kori Forster (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin) swam the second and third legs on the winning relay. Other individual event winners for the Cavaliers included first-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) in the 1000 free (9:54.71); fourth-year Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) in the 200 free (1:52.07); third-year Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer, Wisc./Rufus King) in the one-meter diving (277.50 points); and fourth-year Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va./Herndon) in the 100 free (52.30).
N.C. State freshman Katie Sheridan won the 500 free with a time of 5:06.66, while junior Natalie Jones captured the 200 breast in 2:24.79. Senior Shelly Cavaliere rounded out the Wolfpack's individual winners by scoring 297.37 points to win the three-meter diving competition.
The Virginia swimming and diving teams return to action on Saturday, January 22 when they travel to Durham, N.C. for a 1:00 p.m. meet against Duke.