November 9, 2013
H2Okies earn three team victories in Pittsburgh
Tech men remain undefeated against ACC opponents
Pittsburgh (Men)106
Virginia Tech 204
Pittsburgh (Women)98
Virginia Tech 202
Notre Dame (Men)119
Virginia Tech 181
Notre Dame (Women) 162
Virginia Tech138

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Virginia Tech swimming and diving won three of their four contests in Pittsburgh on Saturday evening, as the H2Okies defeated both Pittsburgh and Notre Dame on the men’s side, while the women defeated Pittsburgh.

On the men’s side, junior Morgan Latimer took first place in the 200 Butterfly and second place in the 100 Butterfly, while also swimming the second leg of the first-place 400 Freestyle relay.

Joe Bonk swam the opening leg of that 400 Freestyle relay, while also taking the top spot in the 100 Freestyle and second place in the 50 Freestyle, as well. Collin Higgins was also dominant in the backstroke events, bringing home wins in the 200 and 100 Backstroke.

In all, the men took home 22 top-three finishes en route to their victories over Pittsburgh (204-106) and Notre Dame (181-119). The H2Okie men moved to 3-0 against conference opponents with the wins.

For the women, Holly Harper took home a win in the 200 Backstroke, while also finishing second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 Backstroke.

Kelli Stockton earned her second win of the season, this time in the 3-meter diving event, as she finished first with a score of 339.35. Stockton also finished third in the 1-meter event, which Kaylea Arnett won with a score of 303.55.

Freshman Maggie Gruber won the 100 Butterfly by more than a second, while also swimming the opening leg in the first-place 400 Freestyle relay. The freshman also finished second in the 200 Butterfly and swam the third leg of the second-place 200 Medley Relay team.

The women earned 19 top-three finishes on the evening, as the H2Okies downed Pittsburgh in a dominant 202-98 performance. Tech dropped a tough 138-162 decision to Notre Dame, as well.

“We had many strong performances today on the boards and in the pool,” Head Coach Ned Skinner said. “Our team showed great energy and poise in a really long meet.”

The H2Okies will be back in the pool in two weeks, when they host the H2Okie Fall Invitational at Christiansburg Aquatic Center on Nov. 21-23. William & Mary, Ohio, Liberty, South Carolina and UConn will all join Virginia Tech at the CAC for a three-day meet.

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