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The Virginia Tech swimming & diving teams won five of their six contests on Saturday in the Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving Challenge as the H2Okie men defeated Penn State and Old Dominion while the women defeated Old Dominion, Liberty and James Madison, but fell to Penn State. Owen Burns and Klaudia Nazieblo led the way for the H2Okies, winning three swimming events each. Tech also dominated the diving competition, withT.J. Shinholser, Kaylea Arnett and Ashley Buchter taking home victories.
(Swimming, Senior, Palmyra, N.J.)
In the Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving Challenge, Burns won all three of the individual events he entered: the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard individual medley. He swam the 100 IM in 50.26, breaking his personal record. He also contributed to the H2Okies’ first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, where he swam the third leg.
Virginia Tech's Ilinca Stoica advanced to the finals of the ITA Atlantic Regional after defeating Maryland’s Alexandra Stanova in Monday’s semifinal by a score of 7-6 (7), 6-4. Earlier in the day, Stoica topped Virginia’s Skylar Morton in the tournament’s quarterfinals with no trouble, winning in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. Stoica’s success was not limited to singles play, however, as she was joined by teammate Raluca Mita in the doubles semifinal.
Virginia Tech junior Amerigo Contini, ranked 14th in the ITA, advanced to the singles final at the 2014 ITA Atlantic Regional where he faced 28th-ranked Ryan Shane of host-team UVA. The Tech junior fell in the first set 6-2, but came back in the second looking to force a third, but the Cavalier junior held on in the tiebreaker for the 7-6(6) win. The Hokies also had several players advance into the final rounds of both singles and doubles as junior Andreas Bjerrehus made it to the quarterfinals before falling to Shane 6-4, 6-4 while Joao Monteiro and Jai Corbett teamed up in doubles, advancing to the semifinals before falling to UMBC’s Alex Drean and Daniel Gray, 6-3, 7-5.
Quarterback Michael Brewer threw for 265 yards and a touchdown for Virginia Tech, but a late Hokie rally came up short, and Tech fell 21-16 to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Oct. 16. Tech trailed 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but cut the lead to 21-16 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to receiver Cam Phillips. The Hokies got the ball back with 2:30 remaining, but their drive ended at the Tech 45 when Brewer couldn’t connect with Philliips on a fourth-down play. Brewer completed 26-of-45 for the game. The Hokies played without injured tailbacks Marshawn Williams, Trey Edmunds and Shai McKenzie. Tech returns to action Thursday night against Miami at Lane Stadium in the Hokies’ first home Thursday night game since the 2012 season.
Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams raced their way to second-place finishes at the Princeton Invite on Saturday morning, narrowly finishing behind two nationally ranked Villanova squads. The Hokie women came in second place behind No. 21 Villanova led by Sarah Rapp, who finished first overall in the women’s 6K race with a time of 21:11. Paige Kvartunas was just behind her with a time of 21:23, good for a fourth-place finish. For the men's team, which finished in second behind No. 8 Villanova, Stuart Robertson finished just one second behind Penn’s Thomas Awad, earning the second-place finish with a personal-best time of 24:01 in the 8K race. The next finisher for Tech was Darren Barlow, whose personal best of 24:19 was good enough for a sixth-place finish overall.
Virginia Tech student-athletes are participating in the Herma’s Readers program during October to promote the importance of reading to young students in their formative years. More than 20 student-athletes from nine Hokie teams have already been to Gilbert Linkous and Harding Avenue Elementary Schools to read to the students, and reading days at other elementary schools are being planned. These events are just a small part of the Herma’s Readers Foundation. Herma’s Readers is a literacy foundation created by Coach Frank Beamer and is named after Beamer’s mother, who was a teacher for more than 25 years. The program has delivered over 21,000 new and used books collected at Tech football games to young students throughout Virginia, and also has dispersed more than $100,000 for new book purchases for children.
The Virginia Tech men's soccer team settled for a 0-0 tie at home against Pittsburgh Friday evening, but the game started on a happy note. Drew Ranahan, one of the Hokies’ three captains this season who was sidelined earlier this year with a season-ending injury, earned the start for Tech in honor of his years of dedication and hard work. After a minute had passed, the ball rolled out of bounds and Ranahan exited the field to a standing ovation. Freshman goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard tied his career high of eight saves over 110 scoreless minutes to preserve the shutout and the tie.
At the Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving Challenge, Morgan Latimer explodes through the water to a win in the 200-yard butterfly event.