Nov. 16, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’sswimming team will be represented by six current swimmers and two alumni inthe 1999 FINA World Cup on November 17-18 in College Park, Md., at theUniversity of Maryland Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. The World Cupis a series of 12 meets held all over the world and are conducted in anexciting 25-meter (or short course) format. Swimmers from 38 countries aswell as the top U.S. swimmers are competing in the meet.
In the men’s competition, Virginia will be represented by sophomore EdMoses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), senior Doak Finch (Southern Pines,N.C./O’Neal), senior Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central)and junior Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood). Freshmen Cara Lane(Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje,Macedonia/Trinity Prep) are representing the Virginia women’s swimmingprogram in the meet.
Moses, who holds the fastest time in the world in the 100-meterbreaststroke in 1999, will swim three breaststroke events, the 50, 100, and200. Moses set the Pan Am Games record in the 100-meter breast in Augustwith a gold-medal winning time of 1:00.99. He was named to USA Swimming’s1999 All-Star team as the top-ranked American in the 100 and 200 breast.Moses earned All-America honors at the 1999 NCAA Championship withrunner-up finishes in the 100 and 200 breast, and in the process, becamethe Cavaliers’ first NCAA runner-up in school history.
Finch, a quad-captain for the Cavaliers’ in 1999-2000, will swim the 200butterfly and 200 individual medley, at the FINA World Cup. Finch holdsthe UVa record in the 200 I.M. (1:47.97) and ranks second in the 200 fly(1:44.95). He placed sixth at 200-meter fly at the 1999 World UniversityGames.
Ramirez, a quad captain, and Grimes will both be competing in the 400 and1500 freestyle, while Ramirez will also swim the 200 free. Ramirez andGrimes are among the top distance freestyle swimmers in the ACC and NCAA.Both swimmers earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 1650free at the 1999 NCAAs, with placing Grimes ninth and Ramirez 11th.Ramirez was also 10th in the 500 free to capture honorable mentionAll-America honors in that event.
Bosveska will compete in the 200 I.M., 400 I.M. and the 400 free, whileLane will swim the 200 fly and 800 free. Bosevska and Lane have beenimpressive during the first part of the collegiate season. Bosevska wonthree events at the SMU Swimming and Diving Classic, while Lane won oneevent and set the meet record in another. Bosevska, who was the highestpoint-scoring swimmer in the SMU meet, won the 400 I.M. (4:18.52), 500 free(4:49.16) and the 200 I.M. (2:04.48). Lane set a school record in winningthe 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.42 and just missed the NCAAChampionship “A” qualifying standard by seven one-hundredths of a second.She set a meet record and met the NCAA “A” qualifying standard in winningthe consolation finals of the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.84.
A pair of Virginia alumni, Jason Webb (’98) and Melanie Valerio (’91), willalso compete in the World Cup. Webb will swim the 100 and 200 backstroke,while Valerio, a 1996 Olympian, will swim the 50, 100 and 200 free. Webbholds the UVa school record in the 200 back (1:43.98), while Valerio’s markof 1:47.86 in the 200 free in 1990 still stands as the school record.