Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving Dominates Season Opener at George Washington
WASHINGTON, DC – Virginia Tech swimming and diving started their season on a high note with an impressive performance against George Washington. Both the men’s and women’s teams secured victories, showcasing their talent and determination in the pool.
Technological Women: A Force to Be Reckoned With
The Virginia Tech women’s team made a strong statement right from the start of the season. In the 200 medley relay, Emma Atkinson, Fanni Gyurinovic, Emily Claesson, and Carmen Weiler Sastre claimed first place with an impressive time of 1:44.01(source).
Emma Atkinson continued her winning streak by securing victories in both the 200 freestyle (1:54.56) and the 200 backstroke (2:00.33). Carmen Weiler Sastre also showcased her exceptional skills by triumphing in the 100 backstroke (54.19) and the 100 freestyle (50.77). The dynamic duo of Emily Claesson and Fanni Gyurinovics finished first and second respectively in the thrilling 50 freestyle event.
Sophomore Alison Henry displayed her prowess in breaststroke events by winning both the 100 breaststroke (1:05.86) and the 200 breaststroke (2:20.69). Furthermore, Emma Inch contributed to Virginia Tech’s success by finishing first in the challenging 200 butterfly event with a time of 2:07.71.
In distance races, Chase Travis demonstrated her endurance by claiming victory in the 500 freestyle (5:02.99) and securing second place in the 1000 freestyle (10:16.92).
The Hokies also showcased their diving skills, with Peyton Guziec finishing second in the 1 meter event (251.70) and Grace Austin following closely behind in third place (241.05). Ava Gilroy impressed on the 3-meter board, securing a solid second-place finish with a score of 260.48.
Technological Men: A Display of Excellence
The Virginia Tech men’s team proved to be a formidable force as well, starting their season with an emphatic win in the 200 medley relay. Forest Webb, Carles Coll Martí, William Hayon, and Luis Domínguez combined their talents to achieve an impressive time of 1:29.57().
Carles Coll Martí continued his dominance by winning both the 100 breaststroke (54.23) and the 200 breaststroke (1:59.06), closely followed by AJ Pouch who secured second place in both events with times of 56.37 and 2:02.06 respectively. William Hayon displayed his speed by claiming first place in the fiercely competitive 100 freestyle event with a time of 44.74.
Nico García Saiz started his season on a high note by triumphing in the challenging 1,000 freestyle race with a time of 9:26.52, followed closely by Lee Naber at 9:29.06. García Saiz continued his winning streak by securing first place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.10.
Freshmen Brendan Whitfield and Daniil Pancerevas made an immediate impact on the team. Whitfield finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:39.11), closely followed by Pancerevas (1:39.73). Whitfield also showcased his speed in the 50 freestyle, finishing with an impressive time of 20.37.
Jacob Fisher dominated on the boards for the men’s team, securing first place finishes in both the 1-meter event (305.48) and the 3-meter event (381.15).
The Hokies’ successful start to their season has set high expectations for future competitions(). Their next challenge awaits them as they travel to Columbia, SC to compete against Texas A&M and South Carolina on Saturday, October 7th. With their exceptional performances at George Washington, Virginia Tech swimming and diving is poised to make a significant impact this season.