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Swimming Drowns Johns Hopkins

The Tar Heels' 15th-ranked women's team and 11th-ranked men's team won 195-84 and 187-97, respectively, but the meet appeared to be more of a practice session for UNC. The Division III Blue Jays failed to place in the top two places in any event except one, from which UNC was disqualified.

Almost every Tar Heel toward the end of the meet swam in exhibition, meaning that the individual finishes did not officially count toward the final score.

The victories boosted the women's record to 4-1, while the men improved to 3-2. Johns Hopkins' women's team fell to 3-3, and the men's team dropped to 3-4.

"Today (it) was much better for us to have a meet as we're preparing for Nike Cup than to have a practice," said UNC coach Frank Comfort. "There's no substitute for racing."

Even though some UNC swimmers did not swim their premier events, several of them had multiple victories.

Jessi Perruquet had the fastest times in the 50 and 500-yard freestyles, though her time of 4 minutes, 51.56 seconds in the 500 was in exhibition.

"Swimming in a meet like this helps us see what we can do when we're tired, because we've just come off of two hard weeks of training," said Perruquet, who will be competing in four solo events and several relays during the Nike Cup.

Perruquet also had her fastest time of the season, 23.33, in her 50-yard freestyle victory.

The meet gave Comfort a chance to experiment with his lineups on both squads. Judd Glasco, a distance freestyle specialist on the men's team, took advantage of the opportunity and won the 200-yard butterfly and backstroke events.

"I've been training a lot of butterfly this year," Glasco said. "It really helps my confidence a lot knowing that if I train I can (compete in other events)."

Diver Eric Poitras also won two events for the men; he was victorious in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.

"This meet was kind of an introduction to (Nike Cup)," Poitras said. "I get pretty psyched up for bigger meets, and next week's going to be pretty big."

The Sports Editor can be reached at sports@unc.edu.

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