Most of you around Wahoo nation will be watching Bennett's Boys take on the N.C. State Wolfpack. But don't forget about the rest of the Cavalier action going on today. As we speak, No. 18 Virginia Wrestling is down in Hampton at the Virginia Duals, while the No. 9 men and the No. 11 women swimming and diving teams are at the AFC taking on No. 11, No. 13 respectively Tennessee Volunteers.
On the wrestling front, our boys have already beaten No. 23 Old Dominion this morning, 21-15. They are slated to take on No. 24 Virginia Tech at 4:00 p.m. Yesterday, Virginia opened with a 23-10 victory over Michigan, marking Virginia's first win ever over the Wolverines. In the second match, the Cavaliers' late rally against Oklahoma fell short in a 21-13 defeat to the Sooners (7-0-1).
In Swimming & Diving news, the Cavalier women (3-1 in dual meets) boast seven individuals who have the ACC's fastest times to date, including Lauren Perdue in the 50 (22.51), 100 (49.08) and 200 (1:46.34) freestyle events; Jen Narum in the 500 free (4:46.05); Mei Christensen in the 100 (53.09) and 200 back (1:55.11); Lauren Smart in the 100 fly (53.92); Liz Shaw in the 200 fly (1:56.84); Katherine McDonnell in the 200 IM (2:00.96) and Claire Crippen in the 400 IM (4:11.20). Additionally, four of the five relay squads have posted the fastest times in the conference through the first half of the season.
The Tennessee women are 3-1 in dual meets this season with victories over LSU, Kentucky and South Carolina and their lone loss to cross-state rival Louisville. The Lady Volunteers have been off since competing in the Tennessee Invitational Nov. 19-21, where they took third behind Kentucky and Virginia Tech.
The Virginia men, also 3-1 in dual meets this year, are represented by Scot Robison and Matt McLean at the top of the conference's most recent top times list. Robison has the fastest time in the 100 free (44.26) while McLean is the current leader in the 200 free (1:36.62). Additionally, the Cavaliers have the best time in the ACC in the 400 free relay (2:59.72) to date and rank second in the 200 free, 800 free and 200 medley relays.
Tennessee is undefeated in dual meets this year with an unblemished 4-0 record, including wins over LSU, Louisville, Kentucky and South Carolina. The Volunteers took first-place honors (defeating Kentucky, Alabama and Virginia Tech) at the Tennessee Invitational Nov. 19-21.
As I type this, Scot Robison anchors the 200 men's relay team to victory with a 19.48 split, his fastest 50 free of the season. Men's relay finishes in 1:30.28.