BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech swimming and diving program welcomes Towson and UNC Wilmington for the annual two-day Virginia Tech Invitational at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center Saturday and Sunday. Each day begins with prelims at 10 a.m. followed by finals starting at 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Virginia Tech swimming and diving team traveled down I-81 to in-state rival Virginia when it hosted the H2Okies and Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 25. The Tech men came on top of Wisconsin, 204-155, but fell to the then-No. 11 Cavaliers. The women fell to both squads.
• The H2Okies finished the dual season with the men 9-2-1 on the season and 3-2-1 in the conference. The women completed the dual season with a 14th-straight winning record, 9-6.
• The Tech diving squad shined at the meet, Kaylea Arnett and Logan Shinholser were victorious on the springboards. Arnett racked in a total of 355.95 on the 3-meter to set a Virginia’s Aquatic Fitness Center record. The sophomore was named the ACC Female Diver of the Week for the fourth time this season for her performance.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
• Towson enters this weekend with a 10-2, 6-0 CAA women’s dual record. The women have only dropped meets to Penn State and Notre Dame. The men have a 3-8 dual season record and have not won a CAA meet.
• Kaitlin Burke leads the Tiger women as she has brought in four CAA weekly honors this season and is the 2012 CAA Champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyles. Freshman Matt McKenney leads a young Towson men’s squad as he holds school freshman records in the 50 and 100 freestyles.
SCOUTING THE SEAHAWKS
• UNC Wilmington concludes its regular season this weekend in Christiansburg, Va. The Seahawk women have posted a 2-12 dual season record, while the men are 5-5.
• This will be the second time the H2Okies have met the Seahawks this season. The two teams last met back in October when Duke hosted Tech, UNCW and Florida State in Durham, N.C. Tech defeated the men, 232-68, while topping the women, 243-57.
• Carly Tanner led the Seahawk women in the quad-meet, as she was the top finisher for UNC Wilmington with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. For the men, Valtteri Halonen added a pair of fifth-place showings in the 100 and 200 backstrokes.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Prelims: 10:00 a.m.
Finals: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Prelims: 10:00 a.m.
Finals: 4:00 p.m.
* There will be no relay or diving events at this weekend’s invitational.
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