March 30, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. – University of Virginia second-year swimmers Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville), Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) and Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) earned first-team All-America honors Saturday (March 30) at the 2002 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia’s Gabrielsen Natatorium. The trio were among eight Cavaliers who earned All-America honors Saturday as Virginia finished a program best 11th at the NCAAs.
UVa finished 11th in the three-day meet with 157.5 points. Virginia’s previous best performance was 12th place (131 points) at the 2000 NCAAs. Texas won the 79th annual NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships with 512 points, while Stanford was second with 501 points. Auburn (365.5), Florida (277) and Southern Cal (272) rounded out the top five teams.
Marshall posted UVa’s best individual finish of the 2002 NCAA Championships as he tied with Minnesota’s Jeff Hackler for fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:56.33. Marshall, who was also a first-team All-American in the 100 breaststroke (seventh place), entered the 200 breast final with the second best prelim time of 1:55.93. Anderson earned first-team All-America honors in his second individual event of the NCAAs as he finished sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.52. Anderson was also sixth in the prelims in 43.39. He placed sixth in the 50 freestyle during the first day of competition Thursday. Prichard captured first-team All-America honors in the 1650 freestyle with a sixth place time of 14:52.60. He was an honorable mention All-American in the 1650 freestyle in 2001. Third-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) took 14th place in the 1650 free with a time of 15:12.67 to gain honorable mention All-America accolades for the second consecutive year.
Anderson also helped lead the Cavaliers’ to an 11th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:56.76. Joining Anderson on the honorable mention All-America relay team were second-years Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School), Luke Wagner (Greenwood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Jonathan Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland). UVa was ninth in the prelims of the 400 free relay in a school record time of 2:55.41.
In addition to swimming on UVa’s 400 freestyle relay, Wagner also earned honorable mention All-America status in the 200 backstroke with a 10th place time of 1:43.70. He was 10th in the prelims in 1:43.40. First-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) was an honorable mention All-American in the 200 butterfly as he finished 15th in a time of 1:45.79. Raab was ninth in the prelims in a personal best time of 1:44.72 which was 11 hundredths of a second shy of qualifying for the championship final.
Several other UVa swimmers competed in the prelims Saturday. Kerpelman tied for 43rd in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.92. Third-year Jonathan Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) was 21st in the 200 breaststroke (1:59.72), while first-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was 24th in the 200 backstroke (1:46.23).
The Cavaliers had five swimmers earn first-team All-America honors at the 2002 NCAA Championships and nine of 10 UVa swimmers who qualified for the NCAAs earned All-America accolades. Anderson was a six-time All-American at the NCAAs, including first-team honors in the 50 and 100 free and 800 free relay).