October 25, 2008
H2Okies dominate in opening meet
Four War Memorial Pool records fall

Swimming & Diving vs. NC State (Men): W, 183-126

Swimming & Diving vs. NC State (Women): W, 202-107

Swimming & Diving vs. West Virginia (Men): W, 200-109

Swimming & Diving vs. West Virginia (Women): W, 199-93

BLACKSBURG, Va.- The Virginia Tech H2Okies opened the 2008-09 campaign in fashion by winning all four contests this afternoon at War Memorial Pool. The men took home a victory over ACC foe NC State 183-126, while the women posted a win against the Wolfpack 202-107. The H2Okies captured wins against West Virginia, 200-109 on the men’s side, and 199-93 on the women’s end. The H2Okies broke four records on the day in the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay events along with the women’s 200 IM and the men's 1-meter dive event.

“I am not surprised by the spirit of this team,” said head coach Ned Skinner. “This team never disappoints at home. I am a little surprised on how fast we swam this afternoon, especially with such a young core.”

To open the meet, the Hokies posted new War Memorial Pool records in the 200 medley relay in both the men’s and women’s competition. For the women, the team of senior Jordan McHorney, junior Jessica Earl, senior Megan Newell and senior Sara Smith captured a first place finish with a time of 1:42.10, edging the previous mark set last season by 1.49 seconds. Meanwhile, the Tech men touched in with a time of 1:30.69. The team of freshman Charlie Higgins, junior Jonathan Huss, senior Ian deToll and sophomore Stephen Hawkins broke last season’s record by .26 seconds.

In the 1000 women’s free, sophomores Lauren Ritter and Emily Tipton took first and third place in the event, respectively. The former touched in with a time of 10:08.09, while the latter crossed the line in 10:19.02.

Junior Griffin Lutterbein scored four points for the H2Okies, placing second in the 1000 free with a time of 9:30.97. Freshman Phillip LaRosa made his first appearance for the H2Okies, garnering a third place showing in the 1000 free event. The freshman touched in with a time of 9:41.35 to claim three points for Tech.

For the H2Okie women, Smith captured the 200 free crown at the opening meet. The senior finished the race in 1:50.31, and later in the meet, broke the 200 IM War Memorial Pool record. Smith, who previously set the mark in 2005 with a time of 2:04.62 in 2005, finished the race in 2:03.91 this afternoon to win the event.

In women’s 100 back action, junior Sara Shapiro placed first for Tech to claim nine more points for the H2Okies. Shapiro swam to a 57:15 finish, while on the men’s side, Higgins placed first with a time of 50.04.

The H2Okies swept the 100 breast event in men’s and women’s action. Freshman Katie Priess took home first with a time of 1:04.92. Meanwhile, Huss placed first for Tech touching in at 57.33.

The men’s 50 free event was won by deToll, who crossed the line in 20.90, while in the women’s 200 fly, Newell garnered first place with a time of 2:04.71.

The H2Okie divers were as impressive as the swimmers in the opening meet. On the men’s side, junior Mikey McDonald captured wins in the 1- and 3-meter events with scores of 383.95 and 377.10, respectively. McDonald's 1-meter dive broke the War Memorial Pool record, that he set in 2007. Sophomores Sarah Milton, Natalie West and freshman Cara Murnan went one-two-three in the one-meter event, while in the three-meter dive, West captured second place with a score of 279.95.

Next up for the H2Okies is a trip to Charlottesville to take on in-state and ACC rival Virginia on Wednesday Oct. 25. The start time is slated for 5 p.m.

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