Tech turns in strong first day at H2Okie Fall Invite

Day 1 Results | Men's Diving Results

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech swimming and diving team used strong performances in the evening session to take early leads on both the men’s and women’s sides after day one of the H2Okie Fall Inviational.

The H2Okie men lead second-place Navy, 443.5-176, while the Tech women hold a 354-257 advantage over second-place Purdue. Day two will begin tomorrow with prelims at 10 a.m. and will wrap up with the finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Senior Fiona Donnelly took first in the 200 IM and in the 400 medley relay where she swam the first leg. Classmate Jess Hespeler joined Donnelly in the 400 medley A unit for the H2Okies and also turned in the fastest time in the 500 free.

In diving, sophomore Ashlynn Peters placed second in the three meter with a score of 308.5 to earn 17 points. Sophomore Ben Schiesl took first on the men’s side in the one meter with a 347.05 and junior Jack Gigliotti registered a 311.65 to take third.

-Hespeler went head-to-head with a tough opponent in Purdue’s Kaersten Meitz in the 500 free. Despite having a prelim time that was two seconds slower, Hespeler pulled away with a first place time of 4:40.51, tenths of a second off the school record of 4:40.03.
-In the prelims, sophomore Ian Ho topped his personal best that he set last week against Notre Dame and Pitt with a 19:87 in the 50 free.
-The H2Okies went one and two in the men’s 500 free and women’s 200 IM. Sophomore Michael Craddock set a new personal best with a 4:26.08 in the 500 free and he was followed by freshman Hassler Carroll who finished with a 4:28.62.
-Donnelly nearly matched her program record in the 200 IM with a B-cut time of 1:58.20. Junior Kladuia Nazieblo finished second also with a B-cut time of 1:58.41.

-Both of Tech’s A units took first in the 200 free relay with the women H2Okies posting a 1:31.73 and the men turning in an impressive time of 1:19.69. Senior Brandon Fiala started the race with a split of 19.98 in the first leg and sophomore Ian Ho followed with a 20.10 split, putting the race out of reach after the second leg.
-Tech dominated the men’s 200 IM as four H2Okies placed in the top four, all B-cut times, with sophomore Norbert Szabo leading the way with a 1:44.92.
-Finishing third in the 500 free finals behind Hespeler was freshman Jenna Beattie who posted a 4:51.40.

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