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March 19, 1999

ATHENS, Ga. – Rebecca Cronk of the University of Virginia finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and the Cavaliers’ 400-yard medley relay team finished seventh to lead UVa into ninth place after the first day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Georgia.

Cronk, a junior from Charlottesville, Va., finished seventh in a time of 22.69 seconds and earned All-America honors. Catherine Fox of Stanford won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.13 seconds.

Virginia’s 400-yard medley relay team of sophomore Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del.), freshman Danica Wizniuk (Alberta, Canada), junior Kori Forster (New Orleans, La.) and Cronk finished seventh with a time of 3:39.69. Stanford won the event with a time of 3:33.75. Cronk, Iffland, Wizniuk, Forster and junior Meg McCubbins (Richmond, Va.), who swam Forster’s leg of the relay in the preliminaries, all earned All-America honors.

The Cavaliers finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:32.00. The Virginia 200-yard freestyle relay team was comprised of junior Julie Gehm (Richmond, Va.), Cronk, Iffland and McCubbins. Gehm, Cronk, Iffland and McCubbins all earned honorable mention All-America honors. Southern Methodist University won the event with a time of 1:28.94.

UVa had four other swimmers competing in the 50-yard freestyle. Iffland finished 40th (23.50 seconds), freshman Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md.) finished 43rd (23.53 seconds), Gehm was 46th (23.63 seconds) and McCubbins was 49th (23.73 seconds).

Virginia freshman Kate Slonaker (Summit, N.J.) finished 43rd in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:05.61.

Georgia leads the team competition with 143.5 points followed by Southern Methodist University with 137.5 points and Stanford with 129 points. Virginia is ninth with 50 points. The championships continue through Saturday (March 20).

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