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H2Okies leave their mark in Charlottesville

The Virginia Tech swimming & diving teams split competition against rival Virginia over the weekend. 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. Tech swimmer Morgan Latimer led the H2Okies, winning two individual races, taking the 200 fly in 1:46.93 and the 100 fly in 48.43. He also helped the 12th-ranked H2Okies win three relay events: the 400 free relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay. Kaylea Arnett won the women’s 1-meter diving competition, setting a new pool record at Virginia’s Aquatic and Fitness Center with a score of 323.40.

Virginia Tech
Athlete of the Week

Morgan Latimer
(Swimming & Diving, Sr., Richmond, Va.)
In a meet against No. 21 Virginia, Latimer won two individual races, taking the 200 fly in 1:46.93 and the 100 fly in 48.43. He also helped the 12th-ranked H2Okies win three relay events: the 400 free relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay. In all his competition, he helped earn 62 points for the Tech team en route to its 218-135 victory over the Wahoos.

Hokies split in Iowa

The Hokie wrestling team split a pair of matches out in Iowa this past weekend to move to 9-2 on the season. On Friday night, despite falling behind 6-0 early, the sixth-ranked Hokies battled back and won a hard-fought dual match with Northern Iowa, snapping the Panthers’ 12-match win streak inside West Gymnasium with a 20-12 victory. Tech won six of the 10 matches, but Devin Carter’s technical fall put the Panthers in a precarious position and Tech finished with two strong performances at the end to seal the win. On Sunday, the team won just four of 10 matches contested and suffered a 21-12 setback to No. 13 Iowa State in front of 5,603 fans inside Hilton Coliseum. Sal Mastriani picked up a big win over No. 16 Gabe Moreno at 149 pounds to lead the way.Tech will be off next week and returns to the mat on Sunday, Feb. 1 against No. 13 Virginia. The match will be held in the Moss Arts Center on campus and the few remaining tickets can be purchased at vthoki.es/moss

Hokies faced two ranked ACC foes on the road

The Hokies dropped a pair of conference games this week at tough, nationally ranked opponents. Last Tuesday night, Tech lost to No. 6/7 Louisville, 78-63, at the KFC Yum! Center in the first ACC meeting between the old Metro Conference foes. Adam Smith led all scorers with 19 points and Justin Bibbs added 15 points. On Sunday night, Tech lost a hard-fought contest to No. 15/16 North Carolina, 68-53, in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Hokies were able to keep the game close throughout and cut the lead to eight points with two minutes remaining, before UNC secured the win. Smith once again led Tech with 11 points and Shane Henry came off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Young has nice week for women’s hoops

Junior forward Hannah Young put together a solid week for the Hokies. She started the week with nine points at No. 16/14 Duke and followed it up with a career-high 19 points versus No. 20/19 Florida State. Against the Seminoles, Young shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 3-of-7 from outside the arc. Taijah Campbell added 11 points and eight rebounds against the Seminoles and recorded a block, which gives her 82 career blocks, tying her for 10th all-time at Tech. Vanessa Panousis led the Hokies at Duke with 14 points.

Hokies soar at home opener


In his first meet competing in a Virginia Tech uniform, Manuel Ziegler leapt to the second best mark in the men’s triple jump in the nation en route to a first-place finish at the Virginia Tech Invitational, while several other Hokies posted quality performances to kick off the 2015 home meet schedule. Ziegler’s impressive mark of 53’00.75” (16.17m) also puts him atop of the ACC leaderboard in the triple jump and places him second overall in the Virginia Tech record book. Chris Uhle cleared 17’09.00” (5.41m), a new personal best, for the first-place finish in the men’s pole vault. Jared Allison hit a personal best of 5.31m as well, moving him into 11th place all-time at Virginia Tech, surpassing pole vault coach Bob Phillips on the list. In addition, Thomas Curtin, Neil Gourley, Patrick Joseph and Hanna Green won their respective races at the meet.

Women’s tennis squad starts off 2015 in style


The No. 57 Virginia Tech women's tennis team opened the 2015 spring season with back-to-back wins on Sunday, sweeping Radford and topping Davidson 6-1. The Hokies didn't drop a point in singles play through the two matches, and newcomer Caroline Daxhelet made an impressive debut for the Hokies, teaming up with Kelly Williford for an early doubles win and quickly blanking her opponent in singles action against Radford. Against Davidson, the Wildcats claimed the doubles point, but the pairing of Elena Cerezo-Codina and Sansitha Nandakumar, who saw success together in the fall, picked up a 6-3 win. Daxhelet, Williford and Katherine Butler all picked up two singles wins through the opening day of play.

Men’s tennis team sweeps opponents on opening day

The Hokies opened the season strong, sweeping both Coastal Carolina and James Madison on the opening day of competition. Tech opened by claiming the doubles’ point, winning two of the three matches against the Chanticleers and sweeping all three matches versus the Dukes. In singles, Tech’s 35th-ranked Amerigo Contini won in the No. 1 in both matches. Hunter Koontz, No. 94 Florian Nicoud and newcomer Edoardo Tessaro also each won both of their matches during the first day. No. 61 Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro played singes against the Chants, winning their matches. In the JMU match, Jai Corbett and Aaron Gomez stepped into the singles lineup, claiming wins.

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Junior Johnna Dominick soared to a personal record of 5’8” (1.73m) in the high jump at the Virginia Tech Invitational at Rector Field House Saturday.