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Virginia Defeats Seminoles in ACC Dual Meet

John Azar, courtesy UVa Media RelationsThe Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Florida State in a conference dual meet Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. The No. 9 UVa men downed the No. 15 Seminoles 161-134 while the No. 11 Cavalier women earned a 163-123 victory over No. 24 FSU.

Both 200 medley relay teams opened the meet with a victory, giving Virginia the momentum. Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Lauren Smart and Hannah Davis clocked an NCAA 'B' time of 1:42.44 while Eric Olesen, Casey Thomas, Peter Geissinger and Scot Robison also earned a win in 1:31.03.

The women went 1-2-3 in four events: the 100 free, 500 free, 1000 free and 100 breast. Senior Jen Narum led the pack in the 1000 free with a winning time of 9:50.69, followed by teammates Anne Summer Myers (9:59.58) and Katya Bachrouche (10:02.80).

Freshman Lauren Perdue won the 200 free in an NCAA 'B' time of 1:47.96. Senior Jenna Harris was second (1:49.86) and sophomore Meredith Perdue was third (1:50.58). Lauren Perdue, a Greenville, N.C. native, also claimed wins in the 50 free (22.73) and the 100 free (49.61), both of which were also 'B' marks.

McDonnell, a senior, won the 100 breast with a mark of 1:04.13 in front of junior Ellie Freeman (1:04.21) and freshman Christine Olson (1:05.14). Olson went on to win the 200 breast in a time of 2:16.89.

Junior Claire Crippen earned a victory in the 500 free with a winning time of 4:53.98, while Meredith Perdue (4:56.17) and Bachrouche (4:56.38) finished second and third, respectively.

Smart, a sophomore picked up wins in the 100 back (54.89, 'B') and 100 fly (55.43), a race that was exhibitioned. Junior Liz Shaw was also victorious in the 200 fly (1:59.85, 'B').

The Cavalier men went 1-2-3 in two events: the 100 back and 500 free. Sophomore David Wren led the way in the 100 back with a time of 50.80, followed by Olesen (50.91) and freshman Matthew Murray (51.57).

Junior Taylor Smith was victorious in the 500 free, finishing in 4:29.10. Darren Ankosko (4:30.87) and John Snawerdt (4:33.36) placed second and third, respectively. Smith also went on to claim the 1000 free with a mark of 9:06.93.

Senior John Azar picked up wins in three events: the 200 free (1:38.56) and 200 breast (2:01.03), in addition to the 200 IM (1:50.74), a race that was exhibitioned.

Other event winners for the Orange and Blue included senior Dan McMahon in the 100 fly (49.92) and 200 fly (1:49.39), and Robison in the 50 free (20.41) and 100 free (44.61).

Virginia is back in action on Friday, Jan. 22 with a dual meet against Duke in Durham, N.C. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start