UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Hokies made their mark during their last dual meet of the season, breaking four pool records at McCoy Navatorium and adding four new top-10 times to the books. The No. 13 Hokie men won 172-121, and the No. 23 women won 155-140.
HEAD COACH SERGIO LOPEZ MIRO
“I think we swam very well today. Overall, I think the team reacted well, we saw some promising times, and the divers did very well too. We had a hard week of training, and it was a great transition to taper down times for some people in preparation for the VT Invite coming up where we’re going to decide our ACC roster. It’s shaping up to be a great season for the men and the women, and it’s really exciting for the team and all of the coaches.”
The Hokies started out the meet strong with a first-place win by Will Koeppen, AJ Pouch, Youssef Ramadan and Luis Dominguez in the 400 medley relay at 3:08.81, making it in the 10th spot on the Hokies top 10 board.
Dominguez showed his speed when he broke a pool record in the 200 free with a time of 1:33.87 and later went on to break another pool record in the 500 free with a time of 4:18.17. Proving that the Hokies have multiple top freestyle swimmers, Mario Molla Yanes placed first in the 100 free with a time of 43.30.
Ramadan broke another pool record in the 50 free with a time of 19.09. Dominating the 100 fly, Ramadan broke his second pool record of the day, placing first at 44.76. Continuing the first-place wins, Landon Gentry placed first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:44.48.
Finishing out the meet on a strong note, Ramadan, Dominguez, Molla Yanes, and Koeppen took first place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:18.83.
On the boards, Noah Zawadzki claimed first in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 370.88 and the 3-meter event with a score of 376.05.
The women’s relays never disappoint. Placing first in the 400-medley relay, Emma Atkinson, Fanni Gyurinovics, Karisa Franz, and Carmen Weiler Sastre finished with a time of 3:36.46. The women later went on to claim first in the 200-free relay with Madelyn Moore, Sarah Shackelford, Weiler Sastre, and Emily Claesson finishing at 1:29.29, making this relay tied for the third top time in Hokie history. Moore’s 50-free lead-off time of 22.30 made it into the fifth spot of the women’s top 10 times.
The Hokie women swept freestyle. Placing first, Chase Travis finished the women’s 1000 free with a time of 9:49.86. Atkinson followed the top finishes with a first-place win in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.96 and later went on to claim first in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.30. Sarah Shackelford took first place in the 100 free with a time of 49.47 and second in the 50 free with a time of 22.89.
On the boards, Izzi Mroz placed second in the 3-meter event with a score of 310.50 and second in the 1-meter event with a score of 288.90.
50 free Youssef Ramadan: 19.09; 200 Free Luis Dominguez: 1:33.87; 500 free Luis Dominguez: 4:18.17; 100 fly Youssef Ramadan: 44.76.
TOP 10 TIMES
M 400 medley relay: #10 – Koeppen, Pouch, Ramadan and Dominguez: 3:08.81
W 50 free: #5 – Madelyn Moore: 22.30 (R)
W 200 free relay: #3 – Moore, Shackelford, Weiler Sastre & Claesson: 1:29.29
W 400 medley relay: #10 – Atkinson, Gyurinovics, Franz & Weiler Sastre: 3:36.46
The Hokies will compete at their first home meet of the new year, hosting multiple schools during the Virginia Tech Invitational at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center fFeb. 3-5. The Hokies will celebrate their seniors in a ceremony on the second day of competition.