H2Okies sweep South Carolina in season opener
Men win 191-108, while women finish ahead 176-124
October 5, 2007

Results Men - 191, South Carolina - 108; Women - 176, South Carolina - 124
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Virginia Tech men's and women's swimming and diving team won a combined 21 of 32 events Friday night to sweep the South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 191-108 on the men's side and 176-124 on the women's at the Carolina Natatorium on Friday.

Both teams recorded just their third win against the Southeastern Conference member in 12 tries, with the series having started in 1982.

The Tech women started off the season with a bang in the first event in the pool, easily winning the 200-yard medley relay. All four participants on the winning team would later win at least one more event on the night.

2007 ACC Swimmer of the Year and three-time All-American Jessica Botzum scored victories in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while All-American Sara Smith captured the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Megan Newell won the 100 butterfly, and fellow 200 medley relay swimmer Sara Shaprio took the 100 backstroke event.

The women also had wins by Kelly deMarrais in the 200 backstroke and Allison Luttermoser in the 200 IM.

On the men's side, 2007 ACC Championships diving finalist Mikey McDonald won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events to set the stage for the swimmers.

Scott Beard led the team with victories in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly events. Fellow upperclassmen Griffin Lutterbein (1,000 free), Jonathan Huss (100 breaststroke), Kaan Tayla (50 free) and Ian deToll (100 free) also provided strong wins in their respective events. The squad ended the night with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

The freshmen also had a strong contribution, with Carter Moore and Robert Farr capturing the 200 breaststroke and 500 freestyle, respectively.

"It was a great start to our season today," Head Coach Ned Skinner said. "We were really excited about the way our freshmen stepped up and contributed multiple points in key times. That along with the awesome leadership of our upperclassmen made for a really fun day against a strong SEC opponent. We are now ready to turn our sights to our own conference and see how we measure up."

Tech continues the trip in South Carolina by visiting ACC foe Clemson on Sunday for an 11 a.m. start time.