Virginia Tech Men Set Medley Relay Record in Sweeping Penn State, Princeton

Carles Coll Marti; Photo Courtesy: NCAA Media

Virginia Tech Men Set Medley Relay Record in Sweeping Penn State, Princeton

Virginia Tech’s men’s medley relay set a pool record in Blacksburg Saturday in a tri-meet sweep of Penn State and Princeton.

The quartet of Youssef Ramadan, Carles Coli Marti, William Hayon and Brendan Whitfield set the pool mark of 1:23.81 in the win. It’s the sixth fastest time in the nation this season.


  • Virginia Tech 162, Princeton 138
  • Virginia Tech 218, Penn State 82
  • Princeton 172, Penn State 127


  • Virginia Tech 198, Princeton 102
  • Virginia Tech 208, Penn State 92
  • Princeton 208, Penn State 91

Half of that record-setting relay paved the way for a sweep in the 100 freestyle. Whitfield got the win in 42.75, followed by Coll Marti and Mario Molla Yanes. Ramadan won the 50 free in 19.51 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 45.58, with Hayon third in both. Coll Marti won the 100 breaststroke in 52.00 seconds and 200 individual medley in 1:43.61. Whitfield was third in the 200 free. Va Tech won the concluding 400 free relay with Ramadan, Whitfield, Luis Dominguez Calonge (500 free winner, second in the 200 free) and Molla Yanes in 2:52.48.

Carl Bloebaum won the 200 fly for the Hokies. Nico Garcia claimed the 200 backstroke and the 1,000 free. AJ Pouch prevailed in the 200 breast after finishing third in the 100. Lee Naber was third in the 1,000 and second in the 500 free.

Princeton’s Mitchell Schott won the 200 free in 1:34.14, then finished second in the 200 IM. John Ehling was second in the 1,000 free and third in the 500 free.

The Tigers dominated diving. Luca Fassi set a Princeton program record by scoring 394.40 points on platform to edge teammate Aidan Wang in a podium sweep. Wang tallied 397.70 to best him on 3-meter.

Penn State got a win thanks to Cooper Morley’s time of 46.91 seconds in the 100 back. Teammate Lachlan Byrne was third. Mariano Lazzerini was second in both breaststroke events, while Victor Baganha landed runner-up to Ramadan in the 50 free and 100 fly.

The Virginia Tech women had no shortage of contributors to the victories, but Caroline Bentz was the star. She went 22.43 to win the 50 free, 48.73 to best the field in the 100 free and showed her range with an impressive 1:58.28 to win the 200 IM. The latter was one of the races of the day, Bentz holding off Princeton’s Eleanor Sun by .26 seconds.

Chase Travis won the 1,000 free, in 9:43.61 for a 1-2 with Sydney Starnes, and the 500 free. Emma Atkinson went 1:46.78 to capture the 200 free and 1:54.50 to prevail in the 200 back, the latter over teammate and 100 back champ Carmen Weiler Sastre (53.36). Weiler Sastre, Atkinson, Emily Claesson and Bentz went 3:17.74 to edge Princeton by .25 seconds to cap the day with top honors in the 400 free relay.

Grace Austin scored 244.50 points to win platform diving for the Hokies. She was second on 3-meter.

Princeton showed its mettle by winning the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Isabella Korbly, Margaux McDonald, Margaret Hayes and Sabrina Johnston going 1:38.66.

Sun won the 200 fly in a 1-2 with Hayley Clark. She was second in the 200 IM and in the 200 breast, the latter to teammate Eliza Brown, who swept the breaststroke events. Heidi Smithwick won the 100 fly and was third in the 200 free. Maddie Seltzer won 3-meter diving for the Tigers with a score of 300.25 points after finishing as the platform runner-up.

Penn State got second-place finishes from Catherine Meisner in the 200 free and Margaret Markvardt in the 100 fly. Meisner was third in the 500.

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