Nov. 6, 1999
DALLAS – The 11th-ranked University of Virginia women’s swimming and divingteam finished in fifth place with 273 points at the SMU Women’s Swimming &Diving Classic at Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU Saturday evening.Freshman Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) won the 500freestyle and the 200 individual medley with times of 4:49.16 and 2:04.48,respectively, to pace the Cavaliers. Bosevska was the highestpoint-scoring swimmer during the two day-meet as she posted 50 points. OnFriday night, she won the 400 I.M., in addition to her two victories onSaturday evening.
Fifteenth-ranked Wisconsin won the two-day meet with 317 points, while14th-ranked UCLA was second with 296 points. Thirteenth-rated Texas wasthird (284 points), while host and sixth-ranked SMU was fourth (274).Eleventh-ranked Virginia finished a point behind SMU in fifth place (273),while 17th-ranked Tennessee rounded out the outstanding field in sixthplace with 230 points. Each of the six teams competed with eight swimmersand one diver.
Freshman Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) also won an event for theCavaliers as she posted a time of 1:59.42 in the 200 butterfly. Inaddition, Lane set a meet record in winning the consolation finals of the500 freestyle, turning in a time of 4:48.84. Senior Megan Iffland(Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) was the other top individual finisher forVirginia as she took third place in the 200 backstroke with a time of2:02.26.
Virginia finished fifth and sixth in the 200 free relay and the 400 freerelays with times of 1:36.15 and 3:30.57, respectively. Senior RebeccaCronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), Iffland, sophomore Caitlin Anderson(Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield), and senior Emily Trakas(Herndon, Va./Herndon) each swam legs on the fifth place 200 free relay.In the 400 free relay Cronk, Trakas, Iffland and senior Laura Sullivan(Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) teamed to finish sixth. Cronk was alsosixth in the 100 free (52.21), while Anderson was sixth in the 200breaststroke (2:26.81).
In the three-meter diving competition, junior Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer,Wisc./Rufus King) finished sixth with 232.85 points.
The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team returns to action on Friday,November 19, when it hosts James Madison at 6:00 p.m. in the UVa Aquaticand Fitness Center.