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Jan. 21, 2000

DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming anddiving teams both won the first five events of their respective meets enroute to ACC victories over Duke at the Duke Aquatic Center Saturdayafternoon. The 10th-ranked Cavalier men defeated the Blue Devils 113-78 toimprove to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The eighth-ranked UVa womenposted their 17th-consecutive dual meet victory dating back to the 1997-98season with a 123-90 triumph over Duke. Virginia improves it record to 5-0overall and 3-0 in the ACC.

The Virginia men won eight of 12 events in the meet, which does not includethree exhibition wins. Second-year Matt Lee (Munster, Ind./Munster) wasthe only double winner for the Cavaliers. Lee was victorious in the 200individual medley with a time of 1:59.89. He also swam a leg of the ‘Hooswinning 200 medley relay that touched in 1:36.45. First-years GuyYimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) and Brian Best (Columbia,Md./Wilde Lake) and fourth-year Jared Felker (Yarmouth, Mass./MercersburgAcademy) also swam legs on the winning relay.

First-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) won the 1000 freewith a personal-best time of 9:35.85, while fourth-year Jimmy Blitzer(Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) led a top-four UVa sweep in the 200 freewith a time of 1:43.05. In the 50 free, third-year Troy Johnson (St.George, Utah/Dixie) posted a winning time of 21.41 seconds. Fourth-yearRyan McGeary (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) led a one-two-threeCavalier sweep in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.17 seconds. Best wassecond (52.87) and Zurowski was third (53.37). First-year Gary Sharpe(Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) and fourth-year Doak Finch (SouthernPines, N.C./O’Neal) rounded out Virginia’s event winners with victories inthe 100 free and 100 backstroke, respectively. Sharpe won the 100 free ina time of 48.71 seconds, while Finch registered a winning time of 51.46seconds in the 100 back.

The UVa women won all eight events that they did not exhibition. TheCavalier foursome of fourth-years Kori Forster (New Orleans, La./BenjaminFranklin), Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and Julie Gehm(Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and second-year Katie Slonaker (Summit,N.J./Oak Knoll) posted a winning time of 1:52.06. UVa’s lone competitor inthe 1000 freestyle, fourth-year Sharon Riedlinger (Laurel, Md./EleanorRoosevelt), won in a time of 10:33.24. In the 200 free, first-year AbbyParker (Akron, Ohio/Firestone) led a top-three Cavalier sweep with a timeof 1:53.31. Second-year Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) was second(1:56.63) and third-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) placedthird (1:57.90). Roesch also won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.14.

First-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) touched in a time of2:08.77 to win the 200 I.M., while classmate Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje,Macedonia/Trinity Prep) won the 100 fly in 57.60 seconds. First-yearKristin Knudson (Estes Park, Colo./Estes Park) rounded out UVa’s eventwinners by taking the 100 free with a time of 53.75 seconds. Parker wassecond in the 100 free (54.63), while second-year Caitlin Anderson(Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) finished third in 54.68 seconds.

The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to actiontomorrow when they take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The men’s meetagainst the 20th- ranked Tar Heels begins at 1:00 p.m. The UVa womencompete against 17th-ranked UNC at 4:00 p.m. The Virginia women’s swimmingand diving team’s last dual meet loss was to North Carolina. In 1998, UNCdefeated the Cavaliers 160-140 in Chapel Hill.

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