On the men’s side, senior Jorden Merrilees was one of the few to capture first. He placed first in two events — the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle — with times of 1:37.61 and 4:26.27, respectively.
Breaststroke swimmers Craig Emslie and Michael McBryan also found success. Emslie placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.64 and third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.71. McBryan placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 55.13 and first in the 200-yard breastroke with a time of 1:59.79.
The diving squad had a great afternoon, as Tar Heels place first in all four events.
Junior Elissa Dawson captured first in both women’s diving events. She recorded a score of 309.68 in the 1-meter and a 354.08 in the 3-meter events.
Senior Jack Nyquist recorded first place finishes in 1-meter and 3-meter dives as well, scoring 356.85 points in the 1-meter and 394.73 in the 3-meter.
Who stood out?
Seniors Hellen Moffitt and Jorden Merrilees were the standouts against a very good Virginia swimming program.
Moffitt accounted for 22 of the women’s points against the No. 5 Virginia women's team (four of the points coming in the 200-yard medley relay).
Merrilees put up 29.5 points against the No. 13 men’s team, with 11.5 of those points coming in relays.
When was it decided?
The women and men’s losses seemed eminent early on, as the Cavaliers were dominant from the start.
The Virginia women got out to a very quick lead, scoring a whopping 55 points in the first four women’s events, compared to UNC’s 19 points.
The Tar Heel men kept it a bit closer, scoring 25 points in the first four men’s events, compared to Virginia’s 48 points.
Why does it matter?
This loss for the women means that in order to tie their record of 2-2 in the ACC last year, they have to win their last two conference matchups against a No. 9 N.C. State and a No. 22 Duke.
For the men, this loss means the team will not reach its 3-1 ACC record achieved last year. In order to finish at .500, UNC must beat No. 3 N.C. State and Duke.
Where do they play next?
The Tar Heels head to Raleigh on Friday to face off against N.C. State at 5 p.m.