Nov. 6, 1999
DALLAS – The 11th-ranked University of Virginia women’s swimming and divingteam stands in third place with 140 points after the opening day ofcompetition Friday evening, November 5, at the SMU Women’s Swimming &Diving Classic at Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU. Junior MeganIffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) and freshman Mirjana Bosevska(Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) won the 100 backstroke and 400 individualmedley, respectively, to lead the Cavaliers.
Fourteenth-ranked UCLA is winning the two-day meet with 154 points, while15th-ranked Wisconsin is second with 153. UVa is third with 140 points,while 13th-ranked Texas is fourth (139) and sixth-ranked SMU is fifth(138). Seventeenth-rated Tennessee rounds out the outstanding field insixth place with 113 points.
Iffland won the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.85 seconds, while Bosevskagrabbed the top spot in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:18.52, just onesecond shy of the Virginia school record. Iffland also finished ninth inthe 50 freestyle with a time of 24.35, while Bosevska clocked a time of59.53 to take 11th place overall and fifth in the consolations of the 100back. The ‘Hoos took fifth place in the opening event of the meet, the 400medley relay (3:52.13) with Iffland swimming the leadoff leg. SophomoreCaitlin Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield), senior KoriForster (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin) and senior Rebecca Cronk(Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) also swam legs on the relay. Cronk alsofinished fourth in the 50 free as she touched in 23.61 seconds and 10th(fourth in the consolations) in the 100 butterfly (58.43). Forster wasfifth in the 100 fly at 57.83 seconds and 10th overall, fifth in theconsolations, in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.31. Anderson wassixth in the 100 breast, posting a time of 1:07.52.
The Virginia foursome of senior Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va./Herndon),freshman Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), Bosevska, and senior LauraSullivan (Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) clocked a time of 7:26.51to takesecond place in the 800 free relay to close out the first day ofcompetition on a high note. Trakas was also fourth in the 200 free with atime of 1:51.53, while Sullivan was 10th overall and fourth in theconsolations at 1:51.89. In the consolations of the 400 I.M., Lane was thetop finisher (seventh overall) with a time of 4:19.06.
In the one-meter diving, junior Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer, Wisc./RufusKing) finished fourth with an NCAA qualifying point total of 255.35.
The meet concludes on Saturday night with nine more events starting at7:30p.m. Central Time.