Oct. 14, 2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their respective seasons in fine fashion with convincing wins over West Virginia Saturday afternoon (October 14) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Cavalier men posted a 132-89 win over West Virginia and the Virginia women registered a 125-5-98.5 triumph for its 21st-consecutive dual meet victory. Both West Virginia squads fall to 0-2 on the season.
The Virginia men won the first nine events before exhibitioning the remaining four events. Fourth-year Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) turned in the most impressive performance of the meet with a winning time of 9:08.50 in the 1000-yard freestyle, more than 16 seconds ahead of second-year teammate Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South), who posted a time of 9:24.57. Third-year Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside) earned a pair of victories in the meet. He was a member of the Cavaliers’ 200-yard medley relay team that clocked a time of 1:35.58 and he also won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:55.85. Second-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), third-year Matt Lee (Munster, Ind./Munster) and first-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) also was legs on UVa’s victorious 200 medley relay team. First-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) was also a double winner for UVa as he won the 50-yard freestyle (21.01) and the 100 free (46.55).
First-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.43, while second-year Evan Taylor (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah) touched in 51.97 to win the 100-yard butterfly. Second-year Brian Best (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) took the top spot in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.99 to round out Virginia’s swimming event winners. In the one-meter diving competition, third-year Joe Piorkowski (Easton, Pa./Easton) won with a score of 245.33. He also earned the top score in the three-meter diving at 276.23, but the Cavaliers exhibitioned the event and their scores did not count toward the team scoring.
The Virginia women recorded eight consecutive victories to open the meet against West Virginia. UVa exhibitioned the final four events. Fourth-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark’s) and first-year Jenna Bridges (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) both won a pair of events for the Cavaliers. Iffland and Bridges both swam legs on UVa’s 200-yard medley relay team that won in 1:47.76. Third-year Caitlin Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne’s-Belfield) and first-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) also swam legs on the winning relay. Iffland also won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.62, while Bridges claimed her second win in the 50 free (24.28). First-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) turned in an impressive performance in winning the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:51.85, more than 28 seconds ahead of classmate Betsy Downey (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), who finished second in 10:20.03.
Second-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), the 2000 NCAA Champion in the 1500-meter freestyle, won the only individual event she swam, the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:52.14. Second-year Katey Danforth (Severn, Md./Glen Burnie) led a top three UVa sweep in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.30. The Cavaliers duplicated the same feat in the 100 butterfly with first-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) leading the way in a time of 57.12. In the one-meter diving competition, second-year Alison Sharp (Newton, Pa./Council Rock) won with a score of 245.78 points. Sharp recorded the top score in the three-meter diving competition (239.18) as well, but exhibitioned the event.
The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action on Friday, October 20 when they host James Madison at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center at 5:00 p.m.