Aug. 16, 2001
CLOVIS, Calif. – A pair of second-year Virginia swimmers garnered top eight finishes at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships Wednesday (August 15). Luke Wagner (Greenwood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) was third in the 200-meter backstroke, while Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) placed sixth in the 100-meter freestyle. With his third-place performance in the 200 backstroke, Wagner has been selected to the United State’s 2001 Goodwill Games team. The Goodwill Games will take place in Brisbane, Australia, August 29-September 3.
Wagner posted a time of 2:01.70 in the finals of the 200-meter backstroke to finish third behind Joshua Davis (1:58.58) and Michael Phelps (2:00.57). Fourth-year Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside) placed 20th in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.39.
Anderson was sixth in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 50.82 after clocking a time of 50.60 in the preliminaries. Virginia second-years Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) and Jonathan Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) competed in the “B” final of the 100 free. Kerpelman was seventh in the “B” final (15th overall) with a time of 51.60, while Haag was eighth in the “B” final (16th overall) in a time of 51.66.
In the 200-meter butterfly, UVa graduate and current assistant coach Doak Finch was 10th with a time of 2:01.13. Third-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) touched in 2:02.84 to finish 20th in the 200 fly.
Two other UVa swimmers competed on Wednesday. Second-year Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) finished 23rd in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:21.98. In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, second-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) placed 13th with a time of 2:16.31.
The Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships continue through August 18.