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Cavaliers Down North Carolina

Mei ChristensenIn a conference dual meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, the eighth-ranked Virginia men and the eleventh-ranked Virginia women defeated the No. 14 UNC men and the No. 15 UNC women.  Virginia swimming and diving improved to 7-1 in dual meets this year, including undefeated 4-0 marks against ACC opponents.

On the men's side, the Cavaliers took care of business 168-132.  While the Tar Heels took first and second in the 200 medley relay to open the afternoon, the Cavaliers were quick to respond. 

Junior Taylor Smith claimed the 1000 free (9:01.84), his first of two event wins on the day, before senior John Azar won the 200 free (1:37.86, 'B'). Smith also earned a victory in the 500 free, clocking an NCAA 'B' time of 4:26.27.

Freshman Tom Casey also had a solid performance, winning the 100 breast (55.81) and 200 breast (2:00.01). He also took second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:50.55. Scot Robison claimed two victories in the 50 free (20.40) and 100 free (44.20, 'B').

In the 200 back, sophomore David Wren took first-place honors with a winning time of 1:47.93, while Daniel Johnson placed second (1:48.09)

Sophomore Briggy Imbriglia led Virginia on the boards, winning the 1-meter diving event with a mark of 324.68.

Virginia capped the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay. The team of Robison, Peter Geissinger, Azar and Matt McLean finished in an NCAA 'B' time of 2:58.40.

On the women's side, the Cavaliers flexed their muscles in the 185-113 victory over the Tar Heels.

Senior Mei Christensen posted an NCAA 'A' cut with her win in the 100 back, clocking a time of 52.93. That mark also set the pool record. She went on to win the 200 back with a mark of 1:56.30, an NCAA 'B' time.

Freshman Lauren Perdue picked wins in the 50 free (22.40, 'B'), and set the pool record in the 100 free with a winning time of 48.78, another 'B' mark.

Virginia's 200 medley relay team of Christensen, Ellie Freeman, Lauren Smart and Perdue teamed up to take first place in the event with an NCAA 'B' time of 1:39.38.

Senior Jen Narum led the way in the 1000 free, clocking a winning time of 9:49.37, while Katya Bachrouche finished second in 9:57.41. Narum went on to take first-place honors in the 500 free with an NCAA 'B' time of 4:49.16.

The Cavaliers also went 1-2 in the 100 breast. Christine Olson won the event with a time of 1:03.31 while teammate Ellie Freeman placed second in 1:03.67. Olson also finished second in the 200 breast, clocking a 'B' time of 2:14.65.

Smart paced Virginia in the 100 fly (53.99, 'B') while Shaw finished second (54.55, 'B') in the event. Shaw, a junior, also claimed victories in the 200 fly (1:57.44, 'B') and the 200 IM (2:01.65, 'B'). In addition, teammate Amanda Faulkner finished second in the 200 IM (2:03.05).

The Cavalier women ended strong, going 1-2 in the 400 free relay. The team of Kelly Flynn, Christensen, Moores and Perdue won the event in an NCAA 'B' time of 3:19.77. Hannah Davis, Anna Dobben, Meredith Perdue and Olson teamed up to finish second, also posting a 'B' time of 3:24.67.

The Cavaliers return to action this Friday at Navy.  The meet is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.