Virginia Tech Downs UNC Wilmington, N.C. State

BLACKSBURG, Virginia, December 2. THE Virginia Tech men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated both UNC Wilmington and N.C. State, Saturday, in the War Memorial Pool. The women defeated NC State 201.50-96.50, while they won over UNCW 210-88. For the men, Tech took NC State 170-130, and UNCW 231-62. The women recorded 14 individual event wins throughout the meet, while the men had eight.

The Tech women opened the meet by taking first and third in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Katie Suhr, Jessica Botzum, Becky Horning and Courtney Walsh each combined for the top spot in the event, clocking a time of 1:45.60. Just seconds behind was the second Tech relay squad, touching the wall in 1:48.17, for the third-place finish.

Stephanie Jones had a finish in the Top 3 for Tech in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She stopped the clock at 10:22.73 for the third-place spot. Beth Byrum rounded out the Top 5, finishing in 10:29.25.

Sara Smith won her first event in the 200-yard freestyle. She notched a time of 1:50.97 for the top spot. Allison Luttermoser (1:53.80) and Kelly deMarrais (1:54.09) took third and fourth, respectively in the event, while Megan Newell was sixth in 1:55.94.

The women swept the Top 3 spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Suhr finished first with a time of 58.15. Jordan McHorney was just behind with a time of 59.54. Sarah Ameen claimed third place by clocking in a time of 59.59. Claire Dickey rounded out the Top 5 in 59.74.

The H2Okies had three swimmers in the Top 5 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Millie Campbell earned medalist honors, finishing two seconds faster than any other competitor. Her final time was recorded at 1:05.32. Jessica Earl was No. 3 in the event, finishing in 1:08.28. Finally, Morgan Kowalchuk was fifth in 1:08.64.

Botzum's time of 2:06.17 earned her the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly. Julie Sablik and Abby Barney finished right after their teammate, for second and third in the event. Sablik finished in 2:07.92, while Barney's time was recorded at 2:08.25. Horning made it four Hokies in the Top 5, finishing in 2:08.87. Walsh and McHorney were second and fourth, respectively, for the Hokies in the 50-yard freestyle. Walsh's time of 24.26 earned her second, while McHorney clocked in at 24.46.

Smith's second win came in a pool-record setting way. She finished the 100-yard freestyle in 50.48, breaking the previous record of 50.58. The time also qualified as an NCAA "B" cut time. Luttermoser and Walsh finished fourth and fifth in the same event, in times of 53.13 and 53.56, respectively.

It was another Top 3 sweep for the Hokies in the 200-yard backstroke. deMarrais stopped the clock at 2:02.14 for first place. Sara Shapiro and Ameen were second and third, with Shapiro finishing at 2:07.56 and Ameen clocking in at 2:07.99.

Botzum had first again in the 200-yard breaststroke. She clocked in the winning time of 2:18.54. Earl took fifth in the same event with a time of 2:28.73. Jones was the fastest of all competitors in the 500-yard freestyle. She took top honors with a time of 5:02.15. Byrum was two spots behind her teammate, finishing third in 5:08.86.

Smith made it three in the 100-yard butterfly. She took medalist honors in a time of 56.20. Horning (57.61), Newell (57.75) and Barney (58.34) took fourth thru sixth in the same event.

Campbell and Luttermoser finished in first and second place in the 200-yard individual medley. Campbell clocked in the top time of 2:06.51, while Luttermoser finished in 2:09.29. In the diving well, Lara Beth Elder took first on both the 1- and 3-meter boards. On the 1-meter, she finished with a score of 277.95. On the 3-meter her top score was 293.40.

The women wrapped up the meet with a first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Botzum, Walsh, McHorney and Smith combined for the finish in 3:31.60.

In the men's 200-yard medley relay, Tech earned the top spot after a finish that went down to the wire. Tech's squad of Gus Calado, Jake Bova, Scott Beard and Kaan Tayla out-reached the NC State relay team for a first-place finish of 1:32.00. NC State was under a minute behind with a time of 1:32.83.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, Griffin Lutterbein and Calado finished in tandem in the second and third spots. Lutterbein finished with a time of 9:36.14, while Calado finished in 9:39.42. Ben Miller took fifth in 6:56.60.

The men had three swimmers finish in the fastest five in the 200-yard freestyle. Zac Czaplicki had top honors in a time of 1:41.00, while John Riley and Neil Savage were in fourth and fifth, respectively. Riley recorded a time of 1:43.24, while Savage finished in 1:43.25.

The Hokies claimed second thru fourth in the 100-yard backstroke. Scott Beard led the trio, finishing in 50.10. Kevin Koehr and Ben Prue finished with 52.75 and 52.95, respectively, after Beard.

Jonathan Huss was the fastest Tech finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke. He led a trio of Hokies that finished 3-4-5. Andy Pelenberg was fourth with 59.84, while Savage took fifth in a time of 1:00.20. Huss's third-place time was recorded at 59.56.

Calado led the way, as four Hokies placed in the Top 5 of the 200-yard butterfly. Calado's winning time went down at 1:50.58. Czaplicki, Mike Lewis and Stephen Jensen then took 3-5 in the event.

Tayla's time of 20.70 in the 50-yard freestyle earned him medalist honors. Ian deToll took third in the event with a time of 20.96, and Bova was fifth with 21.20.

Tech swept the Top 3 spots in the 100-yard freestyle. It was deToll who earned the top spot, stopping the clock at 46.42, while Tayla was just behind in 46.58. Pete Cancila wrapped up the trio in 46.97.

Calado, Koehr and Prue took second, third and fourth, respectively in the 200-yard backstroke. Calado's time was recorded at 1:51.67. NC State's Stephen Mellor broke a pool record in the event, finishing in 1:48.97. The previous record was 1:49.28.

Savage and Huss combined for a 2-3 finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Savage's touched the wall in 2:10.97, while Huss finished in 2:11.61. Jensen finished fifth, while Andy Pelenberg took sixth. Lutterbein had the highest finish for the Hokies in the 500-yard freestyle. He clocked in a time of 4:44.02 for fourth place.

The H2Okies had four Top 5 finishes in the 100-yard butterfly. Beard and deToll went 1-2, finishing in times of 49.26 and 50.40, respectively. Lewis and Cancila were fourth and fifth in the same event. In the 200-yard individual medley, Jensen finished third in the event. He clocked in a time of 1:57.18. Beard finished fourth in 1:57.84, while Savage was fifth in 1:58.61.

Mikey McDonald took a first-place finish and second-place finish in the 1- and 3-meter springboards, respectively. On the 3-meter, his score maxed out at 361.45. On the 1-meter, his second-place score was recorded at 336.45. Chris Waldheim was one spot behind his teammate, finishing with a score of 305.05.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team finished the meet with a first-place finish. The squad of deToll, Czaplicki, Bova and Tayla pooled their talents for a time of 3:04.83.