January 16, 2015
H2Okies complete first day of meet against rival Virginia
Men's squad leads 114-72; women trail 120-66

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tech swimming & diving teams completed the first day of competition against rival Virginia on Friday with the men holding a 114-72 lead and the women trailing by 120-66.

“We had a real strong start tonight,” head coach Ned Skinner said. “The men were very sharp, and I am impressed by their desire to race. We had many men step up and help the cause. It’s swimmers like Ben Borgert that make this men’s team special. The women raced a very strong Virginia team tough tonight. Kaylea Arnett and Klaudia Nazieblo getting big wins for us were great moments, and Jess Hespeler continues to emerge as a superstar for us.”

Women’s Meet

The Tech women’s team (7-2) had their hands full against the sixth-ranked Virginia squad, but a few H2Okies picked up big wins in a tough meet.

Before the swimming began, Kaylea Arnett won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 323.40 and Kelli Stockton finished behind her in second with a score of 295.05. In the 3-meter, Stockton took second after posting a score of 324.30 and Ashley Buchter took third with a score of 323.02 with Arnett and Villarreal in the fourth and fifth spots.

The swimming began with the 200 free relay where Tech’s A-team finished second and third. A few races later, Jessica Hespeler finished second in the 500 free with a time of 4:55.62. In the 100 breast, Alyssa Bodin took second, Weronika Paluszek took third and Blaire Kinsey took fourth.

Tech picked up it’s first swimming win of the day when Klaudia Nazieblo won the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.91.

Men’s Meet

The 12th-ranked H2Okie men’s team (8-1) finished the day holding a commanding lead over No. 21 Virginia (1-3).

The day began with the 1-meter diving event, where Thomas Shinholser finished second with a score of 356.93 and Jared Butts finished third with a score of 336.52. In the 3-meter, Butts earned second with a score of 373.20 and Mauro Castro-Silva came in third, followed by Shinholser and Logan Stevens in fourth and fifth.

In the first swimming event, the 200 free relay, Tech finished first and third before Brandon Fiala picked up a win (1:49.56) in the 200 IM with Owen Burns right behind him in second.

Michal Szuba earned the win in the 500 free, touching the wall after 4:29.38, and Jake Ores took the third spot. Collin Higgins earned another win for Tech in the 200 back with a time of 1:46.19, and Robert Owen finished as the runner-up.

Morgan Latimer once again dominated the 200 fly, finishing in 1:46.93 with Chris Wang taking the third spot.

Friday’s portion of the meet concluded with the 400 medley relay, where Tech, again, finished first and third.

The meet will continue Saturday morning, beginning at 11 a.m. Live stats should be available online here.

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