LEXINGTON, Va. – Six school records fell as the VMI women’s swimming and diving team competed in a tri-meet against Howard and North Carolina A&T Saturday at Clark King Pool in Lexington. The Keydets (0-6) dropped both ends of the meet, losing 139-95 to North Carolina A&T and 137-81 to Howard. Howard went 2-0 on the day, knocking off NC A&T 132.5-110.5.
Both MacKenzie Perkins and Meghan O’Halloran broke two school records apiece, while Heather Magill did the same in the 1-meter diving event. In addition, Perkins and O’Halloran teamed with Celine Lazzaro and Katheryne Austin to break the 200-yard freestyle relay record in the final race of the day.
All six records were both varsity and freshman marks, and bump the total number of varsity records broken this season, including those bested more than once, to 12 through just three meets.
O’Halloran got the day off to a strong start, winning the 200 free in a VMI record time of 2:05.18. That gave her the win by more than four seconds, but Perkins bested that margin of victory just two events later, winning the 100 back in 1:01.96, a nearly nine-second cushion over her closest competitor. Perkins got her second record in the 50 free, winning at the wall in 25.86, while O’Halloran won a close race in the 100 free to take her second school mark, 56.30.
Magill’s performance in the 1-meter diving competition was nearly 30 points above her record, set in the season opener, as she posted a 246.80 score. Magill also won the 3-meter diving, competing unopposed with a 227.60 result.
The four freshmen – Perkins, O’Halloran, Lazzaro and Austin - wrapped up the day with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay, clocking in at 1:45.62 to post yet another school best. In other results, Austin was third in the 100 breast (1:18.05), while Lazzaro was third in the 100 free (59.31).
"It is always about the conference championship meet, but now there are two dual meets that stand out over my 13 seasons as a head coach," said VMI head coach Bill Nicholson. "Plattsburgh State vs. Norwich (Jan. 2000) and today's meet against Howard and N.C. A&T. I knew we would be good this weekend, but to travel to Maryland for a Friday night meet, then travel home and do a 3 p.m. meet the following day...I'm stunned by the performance the teams put together within a 24-hour period."
VMI women’s swimming and diving will return to action Thursday, Nov. 3, traveling to Roanoke, Va. to take on Hollins University. Action will get underway at 7 p.m.