H2Okie divers shine as Virginia sweeps Tech in ACC dual meet
McDonald breaks school record in the 3-meter, while Milton wins both of the women's diving events
October 20, 2007

Results Virginia - 172, Men - 128; Virginia - 188, Women - 110
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Perennially ranked Virginia and Virginia Tech combined for seven broken pool records in a strong day of swimming and diving for both teams as the Cavaliers swept the H2Okies at the War Memorial Pool with the men winning 172-128 and the women finishing ahead 188-110 on Saturday afternoon.

The meet was the home opener for Virginia Tech as the women drop to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the men fall to 1-2 (0-2 ACC). Both Cavalier teams earned their first wins of the season after being swept by Florida the previous weekend.

The Tech women were without the services of All-Americans Jessica Botzum (Raleigh, N.C.) and Sara Smith (McGaheysville, Va.), who were both out due to injury, but still had strong performances from several women, including freshman diver Sarah Milton (Plano, Texas) who won both diving events and was only one point away from breaking a pool record of 305.62 in the 3-meter. However, Milton's 304.88 mark did break the previous school record of 297.85 points, set by Laura Lunn in 2004.

On the men's side, sophomore diver Mikey McDonald (Annandale, Va.) shattered his own school record of 414.83 points in the 3-meter with a new score of 435.15, while Scott Beard (Chesterfield, Va.) won both the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, breaking a pool record in the butterfly with a NCAA 'B' cut time of 48.43 and tying his own in the backstroke at 49.55. The 200-medley relay squad also broke a pool record to start the day off for Tech.

"I was proud of the way our team raced today," Head Coach Ned Skinner said. "The men gave Virginia the best meet that we've had against them in years, certainly as long as I've been here. Our women, without Jessica and Sara, came together today and raced really hard and competed well. I totally give it up to our divers. They were magnificent and dominant today.

"Virginia has a long standing tradition of being one of the top teams in the ACC, and we learned a lot," Skinner added. "I'm really proud of the fact that we went toe-to-toe with them, and I think it's going to make us better in the long run."

In the first race of the day, both of the schools' top 200-medley relay women's teams bested the old pool record of 1:45.54, but the Cavs finished with the No. 1 time of 1:43.59. UVa would also break pool records in the 1000 freestyle, the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.

Though Milton won the only two events of the day for Tech, the women had 10 second-place finishes, led by Millie Campbell (Richmond, Va.) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and Julia Bradford (Mansfield, Mass.) in the 1m and 3m diving events.

For the men, Ian deToll (Culpeper, Va.) had a strong day along with Beard and McDonald, winning the 50 freestyle and helping the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams finish first. Jake Bova (Roanoke, Va.) also helped with both relay teams while finishing second in the 50 free and tied for second in the 100 free with Kaan Tayla (Ankara, Turkey).

Overall, Tech had seven event victories with six second-place finishes. The meet even featured a three-way tie for second in the 100 backstroke with Zach Holmes (Clifton, Va.) and two Virginia swimmers.

The H2Okies return next week to the War Memorial Pool with a showdown on Saturday at 1 p.m. with another strong program in Kentucky.

"I think today prepares us great for next week against Kentucky," Skinner said. "If you look at who we've faced so far - South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia - we are swimming against tough teams. We are trying to get better, and you get better by swimming against good teams. Kentucky is going to be a great challenge. It will be their first weekend of swimming, so it's going to be important for us to continue to accelerate into each weekend as we prepare ultimately for the Nike Cup in the fall and the ACC Championships at the end of the season."