The 2017 home campaign did not get off to a good start for the North Carolina swimming and diving teams, as the Tar Heels fell in both dual meets to Virginia over the weekend.
The Tar Heel men (1-4, 0-2 ACC) won six of their 16 events on Saturday in the 170-130 loss No. 13 Virginia men's team (5-1, 4-0 ACC) and tied in the 400-meter relay, while the UNC women (1-4, 0-2 ACC) won five of their 16 events in the 173.5-121.5 loss to the No. 5 Virginia women's team (6-0, 4-0 ACC).
Senior Jorden Merrilees excelled for the men’s side, winning the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle before anchoring his relay team to a tie.
“(The relay) really didn’t come down to me, to be honest.” Merrilees said. “Philip (Perdue) had a really good leg at number two and so did Lucas (Popp) at number three and I just watched them and executed a few extra skills.”
Juniors Craig Emslie and Michael McBryan captured the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. Senior Jack Nyquist won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, and junior Elissa Dawson won both events on the women's side to complete a sweep for UNC.