January 17, 2015
No. 12 H2Okie men pick up win over No. 21 Virginia
Women fall to sixth-ranked Wahoo women
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(6) Virginia (women) 243
Virginia Tech110
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(21) Virginia (men)135
(12) Virginia Tech 218

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Tech swimming & diving teams completed their final day of competition against rival Virginia Saturday afternoon. The 12th-ranked Tech men earned a 218-135 over the No. 21 Virginia men while the Tech women fell to No. 6 Virginia, 243-110.

With the win, the Tech men improve their record to 9-1 on the year and the women fall to 7-3.

Women’s meet

“Jess Hespeler had an outstanding day for the lady H2Okies, as did Holly Harper and Maggie Gruber,” head coach Ned Skinner said about the women’s meet. “More importantly, our women competed with great spirit and fantastic attitudes. The coaching staff is so excited about this upcoming championship season.”

Saturday’s portion of the meet began with the 200 medley relay, where Tech’s A-team finished second with a time of 1:42.46. Jessica Hespeler immediately followed that race with her own second-place finish in the 1000 free.

Shortly thereafter, Tech picked up two third-place finishes from Margaret Parcell (50 free) and Holly Harper (100 back) before Weronika Paluszek and Blaire Kinsey finished second and third in the 200 breast.

Tech picked up a big win in the 200 free when Jessica Hespeler finished first with a time of 1:50.36. The meet concluded with the 400 free relay where Tech finished third and fourth.

Men’s meet

Owen Burns, Morgan Latimer and Collin Higgins showed us why they are outstanding leaders in and out of the pool,” Skinner commented. “I can’t say enough about the Fiala brothers and what they mean to this program. They are team-first swimmers, and they bring great energy to everything they do.”

The H2Okies began Saturday’s races with a win in the 200 medley relay from Morgan Latimer, Brandon Fiala, Drake Becksted and C.J. Fiala (9:14.29). Behind them, Tech’s B-team finished third.

In the next event, Jacob Ores won the 1000 free in 9:14.29 and Michal Szuba finished behind him in third. C.J. Fiala picked up another win for Tech in the 50 free when he touched in the wall in 20.66.

Collin Higgins picked up his second win of the meet in the 100 back when he finished with a time of 48.79. Robert Owen finished in second with a time of 49.94.

Tech earned another top-two finish in the 100 fly when Latimer picked up his second win with a time of 48.43 and Drake Becksted took second.

After a second-place finish in the 200 IM on Friday, Owen Burns won the 200 free with a time of 1:38.39 with Adam Stacklin behind him in third.

To close out the meet, Tech finished first and third in the 400 free relay with Burns, Latimer and the Fiala brothers winning with a time of 3:00.21.

Overall, the H2Okies finished the meet with 13 first-place finishes en route to their ninth win of the year.

The H2Okies return home next week for a dual meet against the men from Georgia Tech and UNC Wilmington and the women from Miami.

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