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Emma Atkinson Breaks VTech Report At Final “Belt Problem” Meet (Race Movies)


Virginia Tech Hokies “Belt Problem” Intrasquad #3

The Virginia Tech Hokies have concluded their month-long, 2nd annual “Belt Problem” with crew Orange upsetting final yr’s champion, crew Maroon. The Problem, consisting of three intrasquad twin meets, provides us some perception to how the Hokies are swimming within the days main as much as the beginning of their regular season on November 7th at Duke.

2020 Belt Problem Sequence:

  • September 24th – Intrasquad #1, Quick Course Yards, Tie
  • October 4th – Intrasquad #2, Lengthy Course Meters, Orange gained
  • October 24th – Intrasquad #3, Quick Course Yards, Orange gained

This intrasquad meet was sanctioned, so these occasions will depend for USA swimming. Nonetheless, the best way the meet and its outcomes needed to be arrange with a purpose to be sanctioned meant that crew scores needed to be manually calculated and the crew every swimmer competed for isn’t included within the meet outcomes. This set-up did enable for the groups to mix-and-match swimmers on the relays although, creating some very quick swims which will higher signify relay setups for his or her common season. The crew additionally raced in tech fits for this twin meet to assist them readjust to the sensation, after not suiting up since March when the coronavirus pandemic cancelled NCAA’s.

As we examine occasions from the 2 brief course twin meets (#1 and #3), the extent of enchancment this Problem reveals over the course of 1 month is spectacular and team-wide. 

“I couldn’t be prouder of the best way our Hokie Group has embraced the Problem and the best way they swam at the moment,” head coach Sergio Lopez mentioned in an e-mail.

“They’re actually utilizing each alternative to problem themselves and to assist elevate the extent of the crew. I do know it is extremely early within the season however I’ve a very good feeling in regards to the finish of this 2020-21 season for each males’s and girls’s groups.” 

Twin #Three Particular person Group Scores:


  • Orange – 142
  • Maroon 107


  • Orange – 135
  • Maroon – 114


  • Orange – 277
  • Maroon – 221

Ladies’s Meet

Freshman Emma Atkinson (Maroon) swam sooner and sooner all through the month-long Belt Problem. Atkinson completed twin #Three with Four extra victories, Four extra finest occasions, and a college report: 

  • Her 50 again cut up on the 200 medley relay was a 24.75
  • 100 again – 52.52 
  • 200 again – 1:52.71
  • Her 50 free cut up on the 200 free relay was a 23.57

Her blistering 200 again broke each the Virginia Tech report and their pool report, whereas her 100 again established one other new pool report for the Hokies. Maroon might not have gained the Problem, which means the crew is not going to get to engrave their names onto the distinguished Hokies Belt, however Atkinson’s finest occasions within the 50 and 100 again stamped her title on the VT All-Time High Performers record in 2nd place.

For comparability, in twin #1, her victory within the 100 again was with a time of 53.17, about .65 seconds slower than the place she completed in twin #Three after a month of coaching. From twin #1 to twin #Three Atkinson improved her 200 again time by 2.Three seconds and her lead-off 50 again on the 200 medley relay by .18 seconds after swimming a lifetime finest at twin #1.

Caroline Bentz, one other class of 2024 member, additionally earned spots on the VT All-Time High Performers record, within the 100 again (seventh) and 200IM (eighth.) She confirmed up sturdy for crew Orange within the dash stroke occasions, splitting a 29.36 in her breaststroke leg on the 200 medley relay.  Then she rotated and snagged 2nd place within the 100 again with a 53.60 (.14 off of her finest time). Just one month in the past, in the identical occasion throughout twin #1, Bentz touched the wall at 55.39.

Bentz additionally gained the 200IM with a 2 second time drop, touching the wall at 2:00.64. She completed the meet with a 23.31 50 free cut up on the 200 free relay.

Senior Joelle Vereb was a significant a part of the successful 200 free relay, alongside Bentz, as she cut up a 22.88. Earlier, Vereb swam her 50 fly leg of the medley relay in 23.27. She additionally raced a speedy 100 breast (1:01.04) and 100 fly (53.38), ending 1st in each occasions for crew Orange.

Two days earlier than the intrasquad, Chase Travis, the #16 recruit on SwimSwam’s list of top recruits in her freshman class, won the 5K open water race on the West Coast Open Water Championships. Unfazed by fatigue, Travis then claimed spot #Four on the record of VT All-Time High Performers by successful the 1000 free on the intrasquad with a 9:53.93. That is 20 seconds sooner than her 1000 free from the first intrasquad of the Problem.

Travis pulled off a powerful double-swim by putting 2nd within the 200 free (1:50.90) solely 10 minutes after her victory within the 1000. She additionally gained the 500 free (4:52.21), taking 7 seconds off of her time from intrasquad 1, and scoring extra factors for crew Orange. 

Different occasion winners within the ladies’s problem:

  • Sophomore Rose Pouch gained the 200 free (1:50.46).
  • Morgan Miller, additionally a sophomore, took 1st within the 200 fly at 2:02.50.
  • Sophomore Julia Smith touched 1st within the 200 breast at 2:22.65.
  • Julia Bruneau gained each the 50 free (23.32) and 100 free (50.73).

Race Video: Ladies’s 50 Free


Males’s Meet

Junior Blake Manoff began the meet off on the correct foot for Maroon with a 50 fly cut up of 20.81 on the 200 medley relay. He adopted that with a 1:42.90 within the 200 fly and gained the 100 fly with a time of 46.50.

Manoff has additionally proven important progress all through the Belt Problem. His 50 cut up on the relay final weekend was .48 seconds sooner than his time at twin #1. His 100 fly victory (46.50) was a complete second sooner than his time from the first twin meet. On the ACC’s final season, Manoff  completed 4th within the 100 fly together with his finest time of 45.60 and 2nd within the 200 fly together with his finest time of 1:40.48.

On the 200 free relay, Manoff cut up the 2nd quickest 50 freed from 19.56 which is sort of 1 second sooner than his cut up in the identical relay at twin #1. That is additionally a lot sooner than his time on the ACC’s final yr (20.55).The one one sooner than Manoff final weekend was their anchor Thomas Hallock who cut up a 19.39.

That was the third 50 free Hallock swam that day. Earlier, he anchored the 200 medley relay with an excellent sooner 50 free cut up: 19.31. Within the particular person 50 free he positioned 2nd (20.11). 

Youssef Ramadan, a freshman on crew Orange, cranked out quick time after quick time. He cut up a 20.59 50 fly on the medley relay, then adopted that with a 44.31 100 free for 2nd place. For Ramadan that was about Four seconds sooner than the time he swam at twin #1. 

He touched the wall .30 second behind Yusuke Legard, and simply forward of Hallock. Ramadan then swam a 100 fly in a time of 47.85 and completed the meet with a 19.85 cut up within the 200 free relay. His 100 fly was .37 sooner than his time from the primary twin meet.

Junior Dylan Eichberg had a tricky lineup as nicely. He swam a 21.17 on the fly leg of the 200 medley relay after which gained the 200 IM with a 1:46.32. Eichberg touched the wall third within the 200 fly at 1:45.02, and cut up a 20.64 on the 200 free relay. 

 From twin #1 to the twin #3, Eichberg dropped over Three seconds in his 200 fly and practically Four seconds in his 200IM.

Different occasion winners within the males’s problem:

  • Jonathan Rutter touched 1st within the 200 free at 1:37.03.
  • Samuel Tornqvist gained the 100 again (47.58) and the 200 again (1:43.72).
  • Ilya Evdokimov gained the 100 breast (53.73) with sophomore AJ Pouch shut behind (54.16).
  • Evdokimov and Pouch completed 1-2 once more within the 200 breast with occasions of 1:55.81 and 1:56.51 respectively.

Race Video: Males’s 50 Free



Each crew Orange and crew Maroon gained a diver from the final intrasquad. This time on the ladies’s facet Regan Westwood represented Maroon whereas Orange retained Teagan Moravek and Izzi Mroz. For the boys, Maroon saved Noah Zawadzki and Joe Perreault whereas Taj Cole competed for Orange. 

Just like twin #2, Moravek gained each the 1-meter occasion (335.10 factors) and 3-meter occasion (333.38 factors.) Westwood and Mroz battled it out within the 1-meter for 2nd and third place respectively, separated by lower than one level. The outcomes flipped within the 3-meter occasion the place Mroz took 2nd (327 factors) and Westwood positioned third (229.43 factors.)

On the boys’s facet, Zawadzi dominated the 1-meter occasion and gained with 387 ponts. Perreault claimed 2nd (307.65 factors) and Cole third (203.03 factors.) 

Then, Cole took cost within the 3-meter occasion the place he snagged 1st place by lower than 1 level. Zawadzki positioned 2nd with 376.75 factors and Perrault completed third (344.85 factors.)