Walsh Sisters Lead Virginia to win at California; Cal Men Top UVA

Gretchen Walsh; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Walsh Sisters Lead Virginia to win at California; Cal Men Top UVA

Two individual wins each by Alex Walsh and Gretchen Walsh led Virginia’s women’s swimming and diving team to a 141-121 win over the University of California Friday afternoon.

Cal’s men’s team beat Virginia, 168-94, in Berkley. Virginia entered as the No. 1 team in the first CSCAA women’s poll. The Cal men are ranked second.

The Walsh sisters got off to a quick starter, teaming with Alexis Wenger and Kate Douglass to win the medley relay in 1:34.65. Gretchen Walsh won the 100 back in 51.15 seconds and outkicked Isabel Ivey for the win in the 100 freestyle in 48.02. Alex Walsh was first in the 200 butterfly (1:55.07), then claimed the 200 backstroke in 1:53.47.

The Walshes joined with Douglass and Lexi Cuomo to win the 200 free relay in 1:27.82.

Douglass won the 50 free in 21.96 seconds and claimed the 100 fly in 51.51. Wenger won both breaststroke events. Emma Weyant and Madelyn Donohoe went 1-2 in the 1,000 free.

Ivey won the 200 free in a 1-2-3 Cal finish with Ayla Spitz and Robin Neumann to go with runner-up results in the 100 free and 100 fly. Spitz went on to outduel Weyant and Donahue in the 500 free in 4:46.83. Alicia Wilson won the 200 IM for Cal’s only other win.

On the men’s side, Trenton Julian and Destin Lasco flexed their versatility to lead the Bears.

Julian won the 200 free and 100 fly, the latter in a 1-2 with 100 back winner Hugo Gonzalez. Lasco won the 200 IM and 200 back and was second in the 100 back.

Will Roberts won the 1,000 free and was the runner-up to teammate Gabriel Jett in the 500 free. Robin Hanson was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free, a spot behind 50 free winner Bjorn Seeliger. Reece Whitley won the 200 breast and finished second to Liam Bell in the 100 breast, and Dare Rose and Jason Louser went 1-2 in the 200 fly.

The Cavaliers used their sprint depth to win the bookending relays. Matt Brownstead (third in the 50 free, fourth in the 100) led off both, and Matt King brought them both home. King got Virginia’s only individual win in the 100 free, and he finished second to Seeliger in the 50 free.