CHRISTIANBURG, Virginia, November 16. SOUTH Carolina junior Michael Flach posted the nation's fastest time Thursday night in the 500 freestyle in winning the event at the Hokie Invite on the campus of Virginia Tech University.
Flach posted a quick 4:18.38 to become the first under 4:20 so far this season. Michigan's Connor Jaeger previously had the top time with a 4:21.20. Flach's time would have put him in the top 16 at last season's NCAA championships. He had no equal in the race, with teammates Marwan El Kamash placed second with a 4:24.50 and Gerald Rodriguez finishing third in 4:27.15.
Virginia Tech won seven of the 10 events on Thursday, claiming all four relays. The women won the 200 free relay with a 1:31.90, while the men claimed victory with a 1:19.49. In the 400 medley relay, Tech took the women's race with a 3:40.63, with the men winning in a time of 3:14.56.
Other wins for Virginia Tech included a 1:48.98 from Greg Mahon in the men's 200 IM, a 22.78 from Heather Savage in the women's 50 free and a 20.32 by Joe Bonk in the men's 50 free.
South Carolina also posted wins in the women's 500 free, with Annika Jonsson winning with a 4:51.64 and Amanda Rutqvist taking the women's 200 IM in 2:02.00.