November 22, 1998
LINCOLN, Neb. – Virginia’s men’s swimming and diving team took second place in the final event here Sunday to stave off a late push by the University of Nebraska for a three-point victory in the 1998 Husker Shootout. The women’s team also fared well, finishing in second place of a five-team field.
UVa posted 335 total points, just ahead of the Cornhuskers’ 332. Florida Atlantic finished a distant third with 223 points, Arizona state took fourth with 199 points and Kenyon College rounded out the field with 196 points.
The Cavaliers and Huskers were locked in a first-place tie after the first day of competition with 239 points. However, UVa took first in each of the first three events on Sunday to pull ahead. After the Wahoos won first place in the B finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay, Nebraska took first in the A finals. It was not enough, though, as a second-place finish by the Cavaliers insured the victory. Virginia’s men’s team entered the event ranked No. 18 in the CSCAA Top 25. Nebraska toted at No. 15 ranking, while Florida Atlantic was amongst those receiving votes. Arizona State, which finished a disappointing fourth, was the highest-ranking team entering the weekend with a No. 10 billing.
On the women’s side, the Cavaliers positioned themselves in good water Saturday. UVa finished the first day of competition in second place, 18 points shy of Nebraska and 27 points ahead of UCLA. Things remained much the same through Sunday’s events, although the Cavs did pull away from the Bruins.
Nebraska posted a team score of 349, while UVa compiled 329 points. UCLA took third with 294 points, Kenyon finished fourth with 185 points and Florida Atlantic completed the field with 182 points. The women’s team entered the weekend with a No. 19 ranking, two spots behind UCLA. The host Cornhuskers were ranked ninth nationally. Virginia will return to action Dec. 4-6 for its final competition of the 1998 calendar year. The men’s and women’s teams will be in action at the Princeton Invitational along with Brown, James Madison and the host Tigers.