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March 19, 1999

ATHENS, Ga. – Danica Wizniuk of the University of Virginia finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke and the Cavaliers’ 200-yard medley relay team finished fifth to lead UVa into eighth place after the second day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Georgia on Friday (March 19).

Wizniuk, a freshman from Alberta, Canada, finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a school-record time of 1:00.45 and earned All-America honors. UVa’s Kate Slonaker, a freshman from Summit, N.J., finished 14th with a time of 1:02.51 and earned honorable mention All-America honors. Kristy Koval of Georgia won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.25.

“I wasn’t very happy with my race in the preliminaries this morning,” Wizniuk said. “I had to come back and get positive again. I hit my turns well tonight, had good pull-outs and my second 50 was good for me. I saw my split and I’m happy with how I brought back the second 50. I’m happy with the race overall.

“This morning I was too into it, which sounds weird I guess, but for me I like to go into my race relaxed. That’s how I did it this evening and I was much happier. I went in much more relaxed and I came out with a better time.

“The competition is great. To be able to race against the top breaststrokers in the country is amazing. They really push you to the limit.”

Virginia’s 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del.), juniors Kori Forster (New Orleans, La.) and Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va.), and Wizniuk finished fifth with a time of 1:40.27. Stanford won the event with a time of 1:37.77. Iffland, Forster, Cronk and Wizniuk all earned All-America honors.

Virginia’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va.) and Cronk, and freshmen Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md.) and Slonaker finished 13th with a time of 7:23.27. Stanford won the event with a time of 7:06.22. Trakas, Cronk, Roesch and Slonaker all earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Iffland finished 14th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.48 seconds and earned honorable mention All-America honors. She established a school record with a time of 55.25 seconds in the preliminary competition. Marylyn Chiang of California-Berkeley won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.36 seconds.

Forster finished 24th for UVa in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.75 seconds and junior Meg McCubbins (Richmond, Va.) was 25th in that event with a time of 55.76 seconds.

Roesch was 50th for Virginia in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.61) and Trakas was 51st (1:51.62) in that event.

Georgia leads the team competition with 323.5 points followed by Stanford with 312 points and Southern Methodist University with 273.5 points. Virginia is eighth with 109 points. The competition ends on Saturday (March 20).

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