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OW Champion Chase Travis Wins 3/Three Races at Hokies Belt Problem (Race Movies)



  • October 10th, 2020
  • Christiansburg Aquatic Heart, Christiansburg, Virginia
  • Lengthy Course Meters (LCM)
  • Results (PDF)

On Saturday, Virginia Tech continued the Hokies Belt Problem with the 2nd out of three twin intrasquad meets, this time in lengthy course. The Orange girls’s crew received by a barely bigger margin this time they usually overtook the Maroon males’s crew for the primary time.



  • Orange – 140
  • Maroon – 137


  • Orange – 148
  • Maroon – 125


  • Orange – 288
  • Maroon – 262

Every victory (for ladies’s, males’s, and mixed scores) earns the crew 10 factors general. Following Twin #1 the groups have been tied.

Final season, Crew Maroon received the Belt Problem. To date, Orange has claimed 2 out of three Twin Meet victories and now leads in general level scores, however Maroon nonetheless has the ultimate twin meet of the Problem on October 24th to catch up. 


Open water U.S. Nationwide Crew member Chase Travis received back-to-back occasions for Orange beginning with the 800 free the place she touched the wall at 8:50.65. Travis is ranked #16 on SwimSwam’s list of top recruits in her class.

Proper after the 800 free, Travis outtouched Marroon’s Reka Gyorgy for 1st place within the 200 free with a time lower than Three seconds off of her lifetime finest (2:05.22). Travis ended the meet by profitable her third particular person occasion, the 400 free, with a time of 4:23.74.

For Travis, Twin #2 of the Belt Problem was a repeat of her sweeping the space occasions at Twin #1 the place she received the 500 and 1000 free. In each the 500 free at Twin #1 and Saturday’s 800 free, Travis went 1-2 together with her older sister Brooke Travis (Maroon) who touched the wall in 2nd at 9:07.90.

Freshman Emma Atkinson led off Maroon’s profitable 400 medley relay with a lifetime finest 100 again break up of 1:00.97. Atkinson is listed as an honorable point out on SwimSwam’s list of top 16 recruits within the class of 2022 for her versatility as a backstroker, mid-distance, and dash freestyler.

At Twin #1 of the Problem, Atkinson scored main factors by profitable all of her particular person occasions (200 free, 100 again, and 200 again). Twin #2 was no completely different for Atkinson within the backstroke occasions the place she received the 100 again with what would have been a finest time if it weren’t for her relay break up earlier (1:01.13). Her victory within the 200 again (2:13.10) was simply over a 2 second add to her finest time.

Atkinson’s 56.55 break up on the 400 free relay helped Maroon to a different massive point-scoring win. She didn’t race within the 200 free on Saturday.

Sarah Shackleford, a sophomore for Maroon, received the 50 free with a brand new lifetime finest (26.35) and the 100 free (57.55). Atkinson, Morgan Miller, Gyorgy, and Shackleford led Maroon to victory within the 400 medley relay, touching 6 seconds earlier than Orange at 4.17.10.

Freshman Caroline Bentz earned extra factors for Orange by main off the 2nd place 400 medley relay with a lifetime finest 100 again of 1:01.66. She adopted this swim by putting 2nd within the particular person 100 again with a time of 1:01.92 behind Atkinson. Bentz is listed as an honorable point out on SwimSwam’s list of the top recruits in the highschool class of 2019. 

On Saturday she stayed comparatively near her finest time in her 200IM the place she touched the wall at 2:21.26, behind 1st place finisher Gyorgy (2:19.23). Bentz ended the meet by splitting a 59.55 on Orange’s 400 free relay.


Maroon’s Blake Manoff break up a blistering 52.35 100 fly on the 400 medley relay. Later, he continued his profitable streak from Twin #1 by taking 1st within the 200 free (1:53.29) and 100 fly with one other strong time (53.05). At Twin #1 Manoff received the 100 again and 100 fly, touching the wall .03 sooner within the butterfly occasion than the backstroke. On Saturday he didn’t race the 100 again.

AJ Pouch, a sophomore for Orange, helped even the rating by splitting a 1:01.67 on the 100 breast leg of the profitable 400 medley relay. He then received the 100 breast (1:02.44) and 200 breast (2:16.20).

As head coach Sergio Lopez put it, freshman Youssef Ramadan “had an fascinating day.” First, Ramadan helped Orange to victory within the 400 medley by splitting a 51.40 on the freestyle leg (in a apply go well with.) He placed on a tech go well with for the 100 free, received with a time of 50.80, and all was effectively till his go well with ripped.

Regardless of unexpectedly having to race in a apply go well with for the remainder of the meet, Ramadan swam a 100 fly in 56.90 and helped the Orange 400 free relay to a different win by splitting a 51.01 (the quickest 100 break up on the relay.)

Junior Antani Ivanov was additionally on Orange’s profitable 400 medley relay, splitting a 53.86 on the butterfly leg. He received the 200 fly (2:01.75) and snagged 2nd place behind Manoff within the 100 fly (54.62). He ended the meet with a 51.10 break up on the profitable 400 free relay.

Forrest Webb, a sophomore for Orange, widened the crew’s lead with two finest occasions in the identical occasion: his 100 again break up on the 400 medley relay (56.31) and his profitable particular person 100 again time of 56.13. 

Fellow Orange teammate Samuel Tornqvist received his revenge on Webb for outtouching him within the 200 again at Twin #1. Within the 200 again on Saturday, Tornqvist touched the wall .10 seconds forward of Webb with a time of two:06.71, about Four seconds off of his finest time.


Four divers competed within the intrasquad on Saturday: Teagan Moravek, Izzi Mroz, and Joe Perreault for Orange, and Noah Zawadzki for Maroon. 

Within the girls’s 1 meter and three meter occasions Moravek took 1st place and Mroz positioned 2nd.

Zawadzki received each the lads’s 1 meter and three meter occasions, whereas Perreault positioned 2nd.

“For my part we had an excellent meet posting some spectacular occasions for this time of the season and never coaching a day of lengthy course to date, this 2020-2021 season,” head coach Lopez stated in an e mail.

 Two crucial issues for me to see are the truth that the swimmers have embraced the ‘Hokie Belt Problem’ out and in of the pool and to date the 2 Intrasquad Duals we’ve got had have been a number of enjoyable and an important crew constructing exercise.”

You will need to acknowledge that athletes are nonetheless coming off of an unprecedented coaching hiatus and added coaching difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lopez is specializing in the positives. 

He defined, “I’m very comfortable watching the crew being so excited to maintain taking steps ahead and preserve getting higher someday at a time.  Each women and men are doing an important job coaching and protecting their thoughts in having their finest season ever.”


Girls’s 400 Medley Relay

Males’s 400 Medley Relay

Girls’s 100 Again

Males’s 100 Again

Males’s 100 Breast

Girls’s 50 Free

Males’s 100 Free

Girls’s 200 Again

Males’s 100 Fly

Males’s 400 Free Relay