BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech men’s and 23rd-ranked women’s swimming and diving team’s swept the day’s events at the War Memorial Pool on senior and parent’s day. The H2Okies beat ACC foe Georgia Tech 218-82 in women’s action, while the men took home a 167-133 win. Tech beat UNC Wilmington convincingly by nearly identical scores, taking a 250-50 win for the women and 246-53 for the men. The teams combined for 23 wins with eight War Memorial Pool records broken, six by the H2Okies.
“I was very proud of our seniors in embracing the days challenge,” said head coach Ned Skinner. “This senior class will be missed because they know how to race and always come to perform at their best. The have changed the face of this program.”
On a day in which the senior class was celebrated, senior Sara Smith went out in style in her final meet in Blacksburg. Smith took the 50 and 100 free titles, while breaking both pool records in the process and engraved her name in the ACC and the Virginia Tech record books in the 50 free. The senior posted times of 22.18 and 50.06 in the 50 and 100 free, respectively.
Fellow seniors Megan Newell and Jordan McHorney broke the pool and team records, as well. Newell swam the 100 fly in 53.99, shattering the record War Memorial pool top time she previously held, while McHorney captured the Tech team record that stood for nearly four years in the 100 back, touching in with a time of 55.87, to beat the previous top time by .03 seconds. McHorney also set a new team record in the 50 back with a time of 26.06, a record she previously held.
Freshman newcomer Erika Hajnal made waves in her first meet for the H2Okie women. Hajnal captured the 1000 free record and won the race in 9:47.12, destroying the previous top time of 10:03.15. The freshman also broke the 500 free pool record (4:51.81) and posted a win in the 200 fly.
The men combined to win nine events this afternoon with freshman Blake Trabuchi-Downey leading the team with two wins. Trabuchi-Downey had times of 9:24.72 and 1:51.38 in the 100 free and 200 fly, respectively.
Senior Ian deToll garnered a first place finish in the 100 fly event with a time of 49.50, in his final meet in Blacksburg.
The Tech relay teams posted a combined three victories. The H2Okie women placed first in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:40.95 to break the first War Memorial Pool record of the day. McHorney, Newell and Smith, along with junior Jessica Earl broke the record by .59 seconds. Smith, Newell, fellow senior Stephanie Jones and junior Katie Suhr posted a victory in the 400 free relay, touching in at 3:29.13. On the men’s side the team of deToll, junior Chip Hughes and sophomores Stephen Hawkins and Zach Holmes also posted a win in the 400 free relay, crossing the line with a time of 3:02.61.
For the diver’s junior Mikey McDonald continued to impress for the men’s team. McDonald posted wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 375.65 and 378.00, respectively.
The H2Okies will be back in action when they hit the road and travel to Pittsburgh on January 31. Diving competition begins at 11 a.m., with the swimmers taking the pool at noon.
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