Virginia Men And Women Win Cavalier Invitational
Dec. 1, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams easily outdistanced the field in winning the three-day 2001 Cavalier Invitational Saturday evening (December 1) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Virginia men won all six events Saturday night and won its side of the invitational with 1,197 points. The Cavalier women won five of seven events in the final day of competition and tallied 1,064 points in winning the women’s division of the Cavalier Invitational.
On the men’s side, the 11th-ranked Cavaliers won 19 of 20 events in the three-day meet and scored 1,197 points. UMBC was second with 569 points and West Virginia (538.50) edged West Chester (520.50) for third place. Yale was fifth with 499 points, followed by Columbia (251), Villanova (142) and Central Connecticut (50).
The 14th-ranked Virginia women won 15 of 20 events and scored 1,064 points in winning the meet. Texas A&M was second with 625 points, while Richmond took third with 465.50 points and West Chester was fourth with 454. West Virginia came in fifth with 404 points and rounding out the field was Yale (381.50), UMBC (338), Central Connecticut (55) and Villanova (26).
Second-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) set one individual meet record and helped the Cavaliers set another. He posted a NCAA “B” time of 44.17 to set the meet record in the 100 free. Anderson also swam the leadoff leg of UVa’s 400 free relay team that set a meet record with a time of 3:01.23. Joining Anderson on the Cavaliers’ winning relay were second-years Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland), Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) and Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit). Wagner also led a top-three UVa sweep in the 200 backstroke with a NCAA “B” time of 1:45.88, while Kerpelman was second to Anderson in the 100 free with a time of 45.53. Second-year Gary Marshall (Bartesville, Okla./Bartesville) led another Virginia top-three sweep when he won the 200 breast with a time of 2:01.06, which met the NCAA “B” standard. Third-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) won the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:16.29, while second-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) was second in 15:24.67. DeMarco and Prichard’s times bettered the NCAA “B” standard. Prichard was also second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.47. First-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) rounded out UVa’s event winners as he led a top-four Cavalier sweep in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.18. Third-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) was second in 1:47.65 with both his and Raab’s times meeting the NCAA “B” standard.
The Cavalier women got off to a great start in the final session as second-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 1650 freestyle with a winning time of 16:28.14. First-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) was second in the 1650 free with a NCAA “B” time of 16:54.89. In the 100 freestyle, fourth-year Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) set the meet record and met the NCAA “B” standard with a winning time of 50.78, while first-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) also met the “B” mark with a second place time of 51.07. Roesch and Georoff swam the first two legs on UVa’s winning 400 free relay as well. First-year Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla./Durant) and second-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) swam the other two legs on the relay that posted a winning time of 3:26.55. Third-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) continued her string of outstanding performances as she won the 200 butterfly with a NCAA “B” time of 2:01.44. Third-year Alison Sharp (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock) rounded out UVa’s event winners as she won the three-meter diving competition with 262.90 points.
UMBC won a pair of events Saturday night. Astrid Sperling won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:01.78, while Lindsey Prather took the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.84. Both times bettered the NCAA “B” qualifying standard.