March 29, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Virginia second-year Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke and the Cavaliers grabbed eighth place in the 800 freestyle relay Friday (March 29) at the 2002 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium to garner first-team All-America honors in both events. In addition, first-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) placed 10th in the 400 individual medley to capture honorable mention All-America status.
After the second of three days of competition, UVa stands in 12th place with 93 points. Texas leads the 2002 NCAA Championships with 376 points and Stanford is second with 361 points. Auburn (252.5), Southern Cal (193) and Florida (190) round out the top five teams.
Marshall, who entered the NCAA Championships as the fourth seed in the 100 breaststroke, recorded a time of 54.25 in the finals to finish seventh. In the preliminaries earlier in the day, he posted a time of 53.85 to place sixth to advance to the championship final.
Virginia finished eighth in the 800 freestyle relay with a school record time of 6:28.73 to earn first-team All-America honors in the event for the first time in school history. Second-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School), a first-team All-American in the 50 freestyle, led off the 800 free relay, followed by classmates Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School), Luke Wagner (Greenwood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena). The previous school record was 6:29.13 set in 2001.
In the 400 individual medley, Greenwood touched in 3:45.87 to finish second in the consolation final and 10th overall in earning honorable mention All-America accolades. Greenwood was also 10th in the prelims with a time of 3:47.70.
The Cavaliers competed in several other events during the morning preliminaries. In the 200 medley relay, the Cavaliers finished 17th with a time of 1:30.13. Haag, third-year Jonathan Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), Kerpelman and Anderson swam legs on the relay. Baird also competed in the 100 breaststroke and finished 21st with a time of 54.99. Kerpelman and Prichard swam the 200 freestyle and finished 29th and 37th, respectively. Kerpelman clocked a time of 1:38.41 for 29th and Prichard was 37th in 1:39.02. Virginia had two swimmers compete in the 100 backstroke. Wagner touched in 48.17 to tie for 21st place, while Haag was 32nd with a time of 49.77. First-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) rounded out UVa’s competitors in the prelims as he placed 32nd in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.23.
The third and final day of competition in the 2002 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship takes place Saturday. Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals commence at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening.