Aug. 6, 1999
Winnipeg, CANADA– UVA alum Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta /Louis St. Laurent), who earlier this year bcame Virginia’s first-ever NCAAmen’s swimming champion by winning the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA meet,won the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly tonight at the 1999 Pan AmGames, swimming a 1:59.10, besting the silver medalist from the UnitedStates by a .42 margin. It was Pietucha’s second medal of the games.
Earlier in the competition Pietucha won silver with his performancein the 100-meter butterfly, swimming a 53.40, just .07 behind the goldmedalist from Venezuela, F. Sanchez.
Pietucha’s medal brings to six the total number of medals won byCavalier athletes at the 1999 Pan Am games, and four of those medals werewon by the men’s swimming team. Along with Pietucha’s silver in the100-meter butterfly and his gold tonight, Virginia’s Ed Moses (Burke,Va./Lake Braddock) took the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke and AustinRamirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) took the silver in the400-meter freestyle.
UVA’s Lori Lindsey (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) won agold medal with the women’s soccer team and and Michelle Vizzuso(Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) was on the silver-medalist field hockey team.