Dec. 3, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia women’s swimming anddiving team won all six of today’s events in the Cavalier Invitational enroute to establishing a commanding lead over second-place Harvard after theopening day of competition. Virginia ended the evening with 343 points,118 more than the Crimson (225). Villanova (148), West Virginia (109) andCentral Connecticut State University (68) round out the scoring for thewomen’s teams. On the men’s side, Harvard, which won three events tofinish with 331 points, holds a slight advantage over UVa (315), which alsowon three events. West Virginia (99), Central Connecticut (77) andVillanova (76) finished well behind the two leaders.
Freshman Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) led Virginia bywinning the 400 freestyle in an Aquatic and Fitness Center record time of4:45.02. She was also victorious in the 200 individual medley (2:03.73).Fellow freshman Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) finished second(4:45.45), while also breaking the previous pool record. Seniors LauraSullivan (Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) and Emily Carrig (Richmond,Va./Douglas Freeman) finished third and fourth, respectively, to complete aCavalier sweep of the top four spots in the 400 free. Sophomore KateSlonaker (Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll), seniors Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville,Va./Albemarle) and Julie Gehm (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and junior MeganIffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) teamed up to win the 200 free relay(1:34.54). In the 50 free, Cronk (23.26), Iffland (23.79) and Slonaker(23.82) swept the top three spots. The team of Iffland, Slonaker, seniorKori Forster (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin) and Cronk won the 400medley relay in 3:49.84.
Individually for Harvard, Tim Martin won the 400 free with a time of4:23.81, while Jamey Waters led a top-three Harvard sweep in the 50 freewith a time of 20.63. Matt Fritsch was second (20.87) and Leif Drake wasthird (20.95). Fritsch, Drake, Brian Swinteck and Waters teamed for aCrimson victory in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:22.54.
For Virginia, freshman Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/GermantownAcademy) led a top-four Cavalier sweep in the 200 I.M. by posting a time of1:49.58. Sophomore Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) (1:50.72), seniorDoak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O’Neal) (1:50.78) and sophomore ChrisMousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside) (1:52.59) rounded out the top-four,respectively. Mousetis, Moses and Finch, along with junior Troy Johnson(St. George, Utah/Dixie) combined to win the 400 medley relay with a timeof 3:19.29.
Virginia also swept the top spots in today’s men’s and women’s divingevents. Sophomore Joe Piorkowski (Easton, Pa./Easton) won the men’sthree-meter board with a score of 295.7 on six dives, while junior CourtneyColbert (Brown Deer, Wisc./Rufus King) won the women’s one-meter divingwith a score of 272.95 on six dives.
The three-day Cavalier Invitational continues tomorrow withpreliminaries beginning at 10:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 6:00 p.m.