LEXINGTON, Va. – Justina Dunne won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard IM, helping the VMI women’s swimming and diving team to a split of Saturday’s tri-meet with Washington and Lee and Ferrum, held at VMI’s Clark King Pool in Lexington. The Keydets fell to W&L 69-37, but defeated Ferrum 68-37 for the team’s second win of the season. With that second victory, the Keydets win two duals in the same season for the first time since becoming a varsity sport for the 2005-06 campaign.
Much like she did in VMI’s (2-12) other victory, a Dec. 4 win over Hollins, Dunne sparked the Keydets by winning her two best events. The California native touched the wall in 1:02.53 to win the 100 back and clocked in at 2:21.28 to prevail in the 200 IM.
The remainder of the meet saw the Keydets credited with two other first place finishes, which came in the 500 free and the 200 free relay. Caitlyn Jackson, Katheryne Austin, Ally Van Valen and Mia Cunicelli timed in at 1:49.16 in the relay, while Van Valen touched the wall in 5:50.15 to prevail in the 500 free.
Much of the meet saw W&L exhibition many of its swimmers, as the Generals won nine of the 14 events to pull away from the other squads, but the Keydets were able to use depth to outdo Ferrum. VMI posted 12 podium finishes to just five for the Panthers in earning its second win of the season.
W&L defeated Ferrum 74-21 in the other side of the tri-meet.
VMI women’s swimming and diving will return to action Feb. 21, opening competition at the three-day CCSA Championships being held in Athens, Ga.