Jan. 23, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of Virginia fourth-year Doak Finch (SouthernPines, N.C./O’Neal) won three individual events and also swam a leg on awinning UVa relay team to help lead the 10th-ranked Cavalier men’s swimmingand diving team to an impressive 176-124 victory over 20th-ranked NorthCarolina on Sunday at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium on the University ofNorth Carolina campus. With the win, Virginia improves to 5-1 overall and3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels fall to 5-3 and 2-1 inthe ACC.
Virginia won the first six events of the meet and 11 of 16 overall. Finchhelped the Cavaliers get off to a fast start as he swam the butterfly legof UVa’s winning 200 medley relay that posted a time of 1:30.61 in themeet’s opening event. In addition to the 200 medley relay, Finch also wonthree individual events. He won the 100 butterfly with a personal besttime of 48.59 seconds, which meets the NCAA B qualifying standard. Finchalso set season best times in winning the 200 butterfly (1:45.61) and the200 individual medley (1:49.99). Finch’s time on the 200 fly betters theNCAA A qualifying standard, while his time in the I.M. meets the NCAA Bmark.
Second-year Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) won the 100 and 200breaststroke handily. Moses, who has already qualified for the NCAA’s inboth breaststroke events, won the 100 breast with a time of 53.45 secondsand triumphed in the 200 breast in a time of 1:57.53. Third-year TroyJohnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) posted an individual win in the 100freestyle as he touched in a season-best 45.77 second and he also swam ontwo winning relays. Johnson joined Finch, Moses and first-year GuyYimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) on UVa’s winning 200medley relay (1:30.61). He also swam the third leg of Virginia’s winning400 free relay. Fourth-years Jimmy Blitzer (Springfield, Va./BishopIreton), Jared Felker (Yarmouth, Mass./Mercersburg Academy) and AustinRamirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) teamed with Johnson to winthe 400 free relay in a season-best time of 3:04.18. Yimsomruay alsofinished second in the 100 backstroke (50.96) and third in the 200 I.M.(1:52.33).
In addition to swimming the anchor leg of the 400 free relay, Ramirez alsowon the 200 free as he touched in 1:40.79. Third-year Jamie Grimes (Olney,Md./Sherwood) and first-year Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside)were also individual winners for Virginia. Grimes won the 1000 free with atime of 9:13.02, while Mousetis turned in a personal-best time of 50.63seconds in the 100 backstroke. Mousetis was second in the 200 backstrokewith a personal-best time (1:49.33), and fourth in the 200 I.M. (1:53.67)as well.
The Virginia men’ swimming and diving team returns to action on Saturday,January 29 when it hosts Villanova at 1:00 p.m. at the UVa Aquatic andFitness Center.