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Nov. 4, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’sswimming and diving teams will host Big East rival Pittsburgh on Fridayafternoon, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. in UVa’s Aquatic and Fitness Center.The 2:00 p.m. starting time is one hour later than originally scheduled.The meet marks the home season-opener for the Virginia women’s team.

In the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Pollsreleased on November 4, Virginia has moved up to ninth in the men’s poll,garnering 222 points. Michigan is eighth with 229 points, while Auburn andStanford are tied for the top spot in the poll with 331 points apiece,edging Texas by one point. The Cavalier men had been ranked 11th in thepreseason poll, but climbed two spots to ninth after upsettingseventh-ranked Tennessee on October 22. On the women’s side, Virginiaremains 11th with 211 points. Northwestern is 10th with 220 points andGeorgia remains the number one team with 346 points.

The Virginia men’s team stands at 1-1 this year. After opening the seasonwith a 138-103 victory over seventh-ranked Tennessee on October 22, the’Hoos fell at Clemson 136-107 on October 30. Last year, UVa defeatedPittsburgh 131.5-111.5 on November 14, at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In the Clemson meet, Virginia sophomore Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock)won the 100 breast with a NCAA provisional time of 55.36. Junior JamieGrimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) led a top-four UVa sweep in the 1000 free(9:19.78), and freshman Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/GermantownAcademy) was first in the 200 I.M. with a time of 1:51.66. Senior DoakFinch (Southern Pines, N.C./O’Neal) won the 100 fly with a time of 50.06and senior Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) won the500 free in 4:33.59.

In addition to competing against Pittsburgh on Friday, the Virginia women’steam will also have eight swimmers and one diver compete in the DallasMorning News Classic, hosted by Southern Methodist on November 6-7. TheCavaliers successfully opened the 1999-2000 season by defeating Clemson147.5-97.5 on October 30, in Clemson, S.C. The win over Clemson markedUVa’s 12th-consecutive dual meet victory dating back to the 1997-98 season.Virginia won the final three dual meets during the 1997-98 campaign and allnine dual meets last year. In last season’s meeting with Pittsburgh onNovember 14, the Cavaliers came away with a 133-104 road win.

Against Clemson, freshman Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) won threeevents in her first collegiate meet to help lead the ‘Hoos to the victory.Lane won the 500 free with a NCAA provisional time of 4:53.51 and the 1000free by more than 21 seconds, finishing in 9:53.47. She also won the 200fly with a NCAA provisional time of 2:01.49. Senior Rebecca Cronk(Charlottesville, Va./ Albemarle) won three events for the ‘Hoos as well.

Individually, she won the 50 free in 23.66 and the 100 free with a time of51.95. Cronk teamed with sophomore Meghan Roesch (Columbia, Md./WildeLake), senior Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and senior MeghanMcCubbins (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) to win the 400 free relay with atime of 3:30.66. Senior Laura Sullivan (Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) tookfirst in the 200 free in 1:52.03, while freshman Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje,Macedonia/ Trinity Prep) was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:04.62.Junior Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) won the 200 back with atime of 2:02.57. Freshman Allison Sharp (Newton, Pa./Council Rock) won theone-meter competition with a score of 264.53.

Virginia’s men’s and women’s teams, under the direction of 22nd-year headcoach Mark Bernardino, are coming off outstanding 1998-99 campaigns.

The men’s team placed 14th at the 1999 NCAA Championships, the highestfinish ever for the UVa men’s program. The Cavaliers won the 1999 ACCChampionship, their third overall, after placing second in 1998. In dualmeet competition, the ‘Hoos were 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the ACC.

The women’s team finished 10th at the 1999 NCAA Championships, thesecond-highest showing in school history. In 1988, Virginia was seventh atthe NCAAs. The Cavaliers also won the Women’s ACC Championship in 1999,their second straight and third title overall. Virginia was perfect indual meet competition as well, posting a 9-0 overall mark and a 6-0 recordagainst ACC foes.

The entire men’s and women’s CSCAA Polls follow.


Rank   Team                 Points1.     Georgia              3462.     Arizona              3273.     Stanford             3214.     Southern Cal         3055.     California           2956.     Southern Methodist   2677.     Auburn               2568.     Michigan             2499.     Florida              24510.    Northwestern         22011.    Virginia             21112.    Nebraska             19313.    Texas                18514.    UCLA                 14015.    Wisconsin            13616.    Minnesota            12317.    Tennessee            11818.    North Carolina       11419.    Nevada-Reno           8120.    Kentucky              6621.    Arizona State         6322.    Villanova             52 23.    Notre Dame            4424.    LSU                   2425.    Illinois              22

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M, Clemson, Maryland, Miami of Ohio,Kansas, Indiana, Miami, Columbia, Florida State, Washington, SouthCarolina, Purdue, Penn State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Washington State.


Rank   Team                Points1.     Auburn              3312.     Stanford            3313.     Texas               3304.     Arizona             2985.     Southern Cal        2896.     California          2757.     Georgia             2608.     Michigan            2299.     Virginia            22210.    Tennessee           20911.    Texas A&M           19912.    Minnesota           19013.    Florida             18014.    Arizona State       17215.    Nebraska            16016.    Hawaii              12617.    Penn State          12218.    LSU                 10919.    Southern Methodist   8520.    Florida State        8221.    Harvard              4722.    Indiana              4523.    North Carolina       4224.    Miami of Ohio        3125.    Purdue               30

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa State, Miami, N.C. State, Kansas, Clemson,Wisconsin, Ohio State, Cincinnati, South Carolina, UNLV, Alabama,Northwestern, UCSB, BYU, Kentucky, Missouri, Washington, Georgia Tech.

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