For the fourth time this season (out of only nine weeks), Virginia has swept the ACC Swimming & Diving Performers of the Week honors. Seniors Matt McLean and Lauren Perdue each earned these honors for the fourth time (three of which were done so together).
McLean claimed two individual titles, both the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while he also took third in the 100 freestyle as the Cavaliers faced No. 15 Tennessee in dual meet action. His first-place time of 1:37.07 in the 200 free met the NCAA ‘B' standard. The Sterling, Va., native posted times of 4:28.60 in the 500 and 45.09 in the 100. McLean also led off the 400 free relay, guiding the squad to a second-place finish with a time of 1:31.53.
Perdue registered three 'B' qualifying times, taking first place in each event as the Virginia women traveled to No. 12 Tennessee. Her winning times of 22.70 in the 50 freestyle, 49.51 in the 100 freestyle and 1:46.91 in the 200 freestyle were each NCAA ‘B' cuts. The Greenville, N.C., native also led off the Cavaliers' 400 free relay. The squad finished with a ‘B' time of 3:22.18, good for second place.
Despite these stellar performances, both teams fell to Tennessee. The Cavalier men fall to 4-1 while the women drop down to 2-2.
The women are ranked No. 9 in the country, and the men are ranked No. 10. Both squads lead the ACC, and will open up ACC competition on January 22 at home against North Carolina. The Tar Heel men are ranked No. 12 in the country and the women are ranked No. 11.