CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, December 5. JUNIOR Claire Crippen broke her own pool record in the 400 IM and the women's 800 free relay team smashed a five-year old pool record as the second day of the UVa Invitational continued Friday from the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
To cap the second day, Cavaliers Lauren Perdue, Jen Narum, Jenna Harris and Kristen Moores teamed up to win the 800 free relay in 7:12.80, an NCAA 'B' time that broke rival North Carolina's mark of 7:13.33, set in 2004.
"That was a great last relay," Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. "They were really excited to try and go after the pool record. It was a superb swim by Kristen Moores on the end and Lauren Perdue on the front. Jenna Harris really hung tough and put Kristen in a position to make a run at the record."
The two-time ACC champion in the 400 IM, Crippen led a group of Cavaliers in the event, finishing in 4:11.20. That mark broke her own time of 4:11.91 set at the 2008 UVa Invitational. Classmate Liz Shaw placed second (4:16.72) while Katya Bachrouche was third (4:19.43); all three times were NCAA 'B' cuts.
"I was really happy with the swim," Crippen said. "I was even more excited about how everyone else swam in our heat. I got really excited during the breaststroke because that is the point of the race where you can hear everyone cheering."
The top four finishers for the Cavalier women in the 200 free all had 'B' cuts. Perdue led the field with a mark of 1:46.56, followed by Harris (1:48.20), Narum (1:48.67) and Moores (1:49.10).
Lauren Smart won the 100 fly in 53.92 and Christensen took first-place honors in the 100 back (53.09). Both were NCAA 'B' cuts.
The women's 200 medley relay team of Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Smart and Perdue also claimed an NCAA 'B' standard with a first-place finish in 1:40.36.
"The women continue to swim at an exceptionally high level," Bernardino said.
Junior Scot Robison led the Cavalier men to a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 fly, clocking an NCAA 'B' mark of 48.61. Dan McMahon (49.80) and Peter Geissinger (50.12) placed second and third, respectively.
Matt McLean posted a winning NCAA 'B' time of 1:36.62 to take top honors in the 200 free. Taylor Smith was second (1:40.31) and Tommy Inwood was third (1:40.99).
Rookie Tom Casey won the 100 breast in 56.40, while teammates Simon Norstedt (56.74) finished second and John Azar (56.88) placed third.
"We all swam well and I think that really shows where our training is," Casey said. "We were all focused on having good swims tonight."
Dan McMahon also took first-place honors in the 100 back with a mark of 49.73.
The 800 free relay team of Robison, Smith, John Snawerdt and Thibaud Pierre placed first with an NCAA 'B' time of 6:40.35.
Virginia's men were also victorious in the 200 medley relay. Eric Olesen, John Azar, Peter Geissinger and Scot Robison finished in a winning time of 1:31.65.
The Virginia women lead with 1013 points after day two, followed by Kansas (548), West Chester (348), Washington and Lee (166) and American (154). The Virginia men, with 1037 points, are in front of West Chester (474), Washington and Lee (409) and American (175).
The third and final day of the UVa Invitational continues Saturday with the 1650 freestyle, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. and finals begin at 5 p.m. from the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
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