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March 26, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS – Through two days of competition here at the 1999NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the University of Virginia isin 16th place. The Cavaliers picked up 21 points Friday and now have 50total points in the championship. Auburn continues to lead heading into thefinal day of competition with 341.5 total points.

Freshman Ed Moses (Burke, Va.) led the UVa charge Friday with asecond-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to earn All-Americahonors. He posted a school-record time of 53.50 seconds and was just edgedby Florida State’s Brendan Dedekind, who finished in 53.16 seconds. Mosesfinished third in the afternoon preliminaries with a 53.75 mark.

Senior Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta) placed 13th in theconsolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 48.42 secondsand thus earned honorable mention All-America honors for the secondconsecutive year. Pietucha moved up in the evening after finishing 16th inthe preliminaries with a time of 48.31 seconds.

Virginia’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of junior Austin Ramirez(Brookfield, Wis.), freshman Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.), Pietuchaand sophomore Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md.) placed 17th with a time of sixminutes, 39.35 seconds.

Also placing in the preliminaries was Finch with a time of 3:52.69in the 400-yard individual medley relay. Pietucha finished 31st in the100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.80 seconds, the second-fastest time inschool history.

Competition concludes here Saturday with the final seven events.

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