Though the North Carolina men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams try to maintain their focus on the end-of-the-season championship meets, this weekend is all about one rivalry.
The meet against an undefeated Virginia team in Charlottesville Saturday represents one of the last conference meets for the seniors, and the first taste of a long-standing rivalry for the freshmen.
With all the hype that comes with this competition, coach Rich DeSelm is relying on his seniors to lead the team.
“I’m counting on them for their leadership, knowing what this meet is like, the intensity of it, the rivalry,” DeSelm said. “I hope their experience and wisdom from doing it three times will be helpful for them and the team.”
The No.16 women’s team (3-1) hasn’t beaten UVa. in the last three years, while the No.22 men’s team (4-0) won its dual meet last year for the first time since 2008.