No. 1 UVA women’s swimming and diving dominates Virginia Tech

The Virginia swimming and diving teams traveled to Blacksburg on Saturday to take on Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

The top-ranked Virginia women were utterly dominant, claiming first place in all but three events of the competition and crushing the Hokies 193-107.

Freshman Gretchen Walsh won three individual events, finishing first in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Junior Maddie Donohoe won the 500 yard and 1000 yard freestyle events. Sophomore Alex Walsh placed first in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly.

Fresh off her five-medal performance at the FINA World Championships in Abu Dhabi in December, junior Kate Douglass won both the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Alexis Wenger won the 200-yard breaststroke and rookie Emma Weyant won the 200-yard freestyle.

The Cavaliers were equally successful in the relays, taking both first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay, with the team of Kate Douglass, Ella Nelson, Abby Harter and Alex Walsh finishing first with a time from 3:20.10. UVA’s team of Ella Nelson, Ella Bathurst, Reilly Tiltmann and Alex Walsh also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event of the competition.

The 17th-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team fell to 16th-ranked Virginia Tech 187-113.

The UVA men won three events during the competition. Sophomore Matt King won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.05 and sophomore Matt Brownstead finished just behind him in second place with a time of 20.06. Senior Justin Grender took first place in the 200-yard backstroke and second Noah Nichols won the 100-yard breaststroke.

Grender and King also earned second places in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle, respectively. Virginia recorded nine podium finishes in addition to three event wins, including second and third places in the 1,000-yard freestyle (sophomore Tanner Hering and freshman Peter Thompson) and 200-yard butterfly (junior Josh Fong and senior Casey Stork).

Virginia returns home to host North Carolina on Friday (1/21) and NC State on Saturday (1/22) at the Aquatics and Fitness Center.

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