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Aug. 28, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia second-year swimmers Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) and Luke Wagner (Greenwood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) will begin competition in the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday (August 29). Anderson and Wagner were named to the USA’s Goodwill Games team after their performances in the Phillips 66 U.S. National Swimming Championships held in mid-August in Clovis, Calif.

Anderson was selected to the Goodwill Games team after his sixth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle, while Wagner earned his spot on the team by virtue of his third-place performance in the 200-meter backstroke. Anderson was sixth in the finals of the 100 free with a time of 50.82 and also placed 10th in the 50 freestyle in 23.33. He is the 2001 ACC champion in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle and earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 200, 400 and 800 free relays. Wagner, the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year, placed third in the 200 back with a time of 2:01.70 and also clocked a time of 57.33 to finish eighth in the 100 backstroke. Wagner was a first-team All-American by virtue of his fifth-place performance at the 2001 NCAA Championships. He was an honorable mention All-American in the 200 and 400 medley relays as well as the 800 free relay. Wagner was also the ACC champion in the 200-yard backstroke.

The swimming competition, which includes four teams, boasts a unique team championship format. The four teams competing include Team Australia, Team USA, a European All-Star Team and a World All-Star Team. All four teams will compete in a round-robin, dual meet format for a total of three dual meets per team. First and second place teams will advance to the gold medal final while the third and fourth place teams will compete for the bronze medal.

Team USA begins competition in the Goodwill Games with a dual meet against Australia on Wednesday (August 29). On August 31, the USA takes on the World All-Stars, and then concludes round-robin play against the European All-Stars on September 2. The bronze and gold medal meets will take place on September 3. The swimming competition will take place at the Sleeman Centre.

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