Feb. 28, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia men’s swimming and diving team stands in first place with 284 points after the first day of competition at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday (February 28) at the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. The Cavaliers won five of six events, led by second-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School), who won the 50 free and swam legs on two winning UVa relay teams.
Virginia, the three-time defending champions leads after six events with 284 points, while Georgia Tech and North Carolina are tied for second with 158 points. Florida State is fourth with 120 points, followed by Clemson (119), Maryland (93), N.C. State (61) and Duke (2).
The Cavaliers got off to a great start by winning the 200 free relay in a school and pool record time of 1:19.78. Anderson, along with second-years Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) and third-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) swam legs on the winning relay. UVa concluded the first day of competition in fine fashion as it won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:14.37 with Anderson swimming the anchor leg. First-year Chad Barlow (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy), second-year Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) and third-year Brian Best (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) also competed on the winning relay.
Anderson won the 50 freestyle by turning in a time of 19.92, while Kerpelman and Haag placed third and fourth, respectively, with times of 20.29 and 20.36.
In the 500 free, second-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) took first place by clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:16.41. Prichard, the 2001 ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet Most Valuable Performer won his second consecutive ACC title in the 500 freestyle. Third-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) was the next Cavalier to touch the wall at 4:26.41, good for fifth place, while first-year Michael Raab (Rockville, M.d./Walter Johnson) took the sixth spot with a time of 4:27.50.
First-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) set new school, ACC, conference meet and pool records in the 200 individual medley with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:46.20. Yimsomruay placed third in the 200 I.M., clocking a time of 1:48.05. Second-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) turned in a time of 1:49.01, good for seventh and fourth-year Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside) was eighth with a time of 1:52.68.
Second-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) garnered runner-up honors in the one-meter diving competition with 303.30 points. Fourth-year Joe Piorkowski (Easton, Pa./Easton) scored 268.0 points to finish in eighth place.
The UVa men continue competition in the 2002 ACC Championships Friday (March 1). Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals commence at 7:00 p.m.