BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Southern Virginia University men's and women's swimming teams swam in their first competitive setting of the year in the form of an inter-squad scrimmage at the Rockbridge Aquatic Center setting nine school records.
"I'm pleased with the effort given tonight and the fact that we were able to get in some good swims tonight," said head coach Jennifer Moore. "We have a strong group of freshmen who were able to break some records tonight, and we were able to have fun and show great comradery while doing it."
The women's team impressed, breaking seven of the nine records broken on the night. Freshman Marren Nixon set three school records, setting new records in the 50 breaststroke (00:35.25), the 100 breaststroke (1:19.43), and the 200 breaststroke (2:52.18).
"I'm excited about the outcome tonight," said Nixon. "With surgery coming up for me, it was exciting to break some school records and prove to myself that I am capable of succeeding and accomplishing the goals that I have set for myself."
Along with Nixon, freshmen Uso Tagoa'i and Kayla Ralph both beat the previous record in the 100 backstroke of 1:07.28, with Tagoa'i setting the new record with a time of 1:02.20 and Ralph finishing shortly after with a time of 1:05.71.
In the 500 freestyle, freshman Brynne Stevens set the new record with a time of 6:19.51 while freshman Sally Osterman set new records in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:04.45 and the 200 IM with a time of 2:28.94.
On the men's side, freshman Michael Wallis beat the previous time of 2:06.34 in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.72.
"It feels great being able to break a school record tonight, but as a team, we love seeing the progress that we have made," said Wallis. "It was just great to see the whole team break so many records tonight, and it is very encouraging to see how far we have come as a team collectively."
In the 500 freestyle, freshman Stuart Burbidge beat the previous time of 5:06.46, setting the new record of 5:00.27.
"We saw a lot of great swims tonight," concluded coach Moore. "It was good to get some racing in, and we are excited and eager to come back next semester to prepare for future races."