Nov. 5, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’sswimming and diving teams both posted impressive victories over Pittsburghon Friday afternoon at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. Theninth-ranked men’s team defeated the Panthers 137-104, while the11th-ranked women’s team downed Pittsburgh 132-110. The Virginia menimprove to 2-1 with the victory, while the Cavalier women are now 2-0 andimprove their dual meet winning streak to 13-straight. Both Pittsburghteams fall to 2-1.
The Virginia men won eight of 13 events en route to the victory, which doesnot include an exhibition win by sophomore Ed Moses (Burke, Va./LakeBraddock) in the 200 breaststroke. Moses swam 1:58.50 in the 200 to breakhis own pool record he set on October 22 against Tennessee. His time isalso the fastest collegiate time this year.
Junior Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and freshman Guy Yimsomruay(Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) were both double winners for theCavaliers. Grimes won the 1000 and 500 freestyles with times of 9:16.44and 4:31.00 and, respectively. Yimsomruay took the 200 individual medley(1:50.84) and the 200 backstroke (1:50.16). Virginia’s three otherindividual event wins came from senior Austin Ramirez (Brookfield,Wisc./Brookfield Central) in the 200 free (1:41.53), senior Doak Finch(Southern Pines, N.C./O’Neal) in the 200 fly (1:49.48), and sophomore JoePiorkowski (Easton, Pa./Easton) in the one-meter diving (267.075 points).Ramirez was also second in the 500 free, clocking a time of 4:31.18, just18 one-hundredths of a second behind Grimes. Finch earned runner-up honorsin the 200 I.M., posting a time of 1:52.44. The Virginia foursome ofsophomore Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside), Moses, Finch andjunior Troy Johnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) teamed to win the 400 medleyrelay with a time of 3:19.98.
For Pittsburgh, freshman Mike Grube led the way with wins in the 50 and 100free with times of 20.90 and 46.03 seconds, respectively. Senior MichaelProne won the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.84, more than seven secondsbehind Moses’ exhibition time. Freshman diver Blair Beal won thethree-meter diving competition with a score of 271.875 and took secondplace in the one-meter event with 251.10 points.
On the women’s side, Virginia posted a 132-110 victory despite not havingthe services of nine members of the team, including five All-Americans, whoare participating in the Dallas Morning News Classic at SMU tonight andSaturday. The ‘Hoos won eight of 13 events in the meet.
Leading the way for Virginia were senior All-Americans Emily Carrig(Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and Meghan McCubbins (Richmond, Va./DouglasFreeman). Carrig won three individual events, while McCubbins took twoindividual firsts and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay. Carrigshowed her versatility by winning the 200 I.M. (2:07.45), the 200 butterfly(2:05.47) and the 500 free (4:59.79). McCubbins was victorious in the 50free (24.05), the 100 free (52.32) and also swam a leg on the winning 400free relay that finished in 3:32.16. A pair of freshmen stepped up in theabsence of the All-Americans as Katey Danforth (Severn, Md./Glen Burnie)won the 1000 free with a time of 10:10.43, and Lisa Favreau (Alamo,Calif./Monte Vista) took the top honor in the 200 free (1:54.20). Favreau,freshman Lindsey Crane (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), freshman Courtney Massaro(Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School) and McCubbins swam legs on thewinning 400 free relay.
Pittsburgh senior diver Jamie Tomazich won the one and three-meter divingcompetitions with scores of 277.8 and 302.62, respectively. Otherindividual event winners for the Panthers included senior Beth Grube in the200 back (2:03.60) ad senior Nicole Palombo in the 200 breast (2:24.70).
The Virginia women’s swimming team returns to action tonight andSaturday at the Dallas Morning News Classic, hosted by Southern MethodistUniversity.