April 10, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs capped off extremely successful seasons with outstanding performances at the 2002 NCAA Championships. The Cavalier men finished a program best 11th at the NCAAs, held March 28-30, with nine swimmers earning All-America accolades, including five first-team performers. The UVa women were 12th at the NCAAs March 21-23 and also had nine swimmers capture All-America honors, including six first-team honorees.
At the Men’s NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia, UVa finished in 11th place with 157.5 points, marking the Cavaliers’ best performance at the national meet. The Cavaliers were 12th at the 2000 NCAAs. Virginia swimmers earned All-America honors in 13 events and had five swimmers garner first-team All-America honors. Second-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) captured first-team All-America honors in three events and was an honorable mention All-American as a member of four UVa relays. He placed sixth in both the 50 free (19.83) and 100 free (43.52) and was also a member of UVa’s eighth place 800 free relay team that set a school record with a time of 6:28.73. Anderson, who was named the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP, was also an honorable mention All-American in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays (11th place), as well as the 400 medley relay (ninth). Anderson helped the Cavaliers set an ACC record in the 400 free relay with a time of 2:55.37. He was also a member of UVa’s 17th place 200 medley relay.
Second-year Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) was a first-team All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and was an honorable mention All-American as a member of UVa’s 400 medley relay (ninth). Marshall tied for fourth in the 200 breast (1:56.33) and was seventh in the 100 breast (54.25). He also competed in the 200 individual medley and finished 17th in the prelims (1:47.12).
Second-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) was the third UVa swimmer to earn individual first-team All-America honors. He placed sixth in the 1650 freestyle in a time of 14:52.60 and was a member of UVa’s first-team All-American 800 free relay team as well. Prichard was also an honorable mention All-American in the 500 free as he won the consolation final (ninth place overall) with a time of 4:17.34. He also competed in the 200 freestyle and finished 37th (1:39.02) in the prelims.
Second-years Luke Wagner (Englewood, Calif./Regis Jesuit) and Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) rounded out UVa’s first-team All-Americans as both swimmers were members of the Cavaliers’ eighth place 800 freestyle relay team. Wagner and Kerpelman also joined Anderson on UVa’s honorable mention All-America 200 and 400 free relay teams that finished 11th. Wagner was also a member of the Cavaliers’ ninth place 400 medley relay, earning another All-America certificate. Individually, Wagner was an honorable mention All-American in the 200 backstroke with a 10th-place finish in 1:43.70. He tied for 21st in the 100 back as well (48.17). Kerpelman also swam on Virginia’s 200 medley relay that placed 17th. Kerpelman competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles as well. His best finish was 29th in the 200 free (1:38.41) and was 43rd in the 50 free (20.45) and 100 free (44.92).
Third-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) grabbed honorable mention All-America accolades in the 1650 freestyle for the second consecutive year as he placed 14th in 15:12.67. He was 34th in the 500 free (4:28.07) as well.
A pair of first-years, Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) and Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), rounded out UVa’s individual All-Americans. In the 400 individual medley, Greenwood posted a time of 3:45.76 to capture 10th place for honorable mention honors. Greenwood, the 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, was also 22nd in the 200 I.M. (1:47.61) and 24th in the 200 backstroke (1:46.23). Raab was an honorable mention All-American with a 15th-place performance in the 200 butterfly (1:45.79). Raab, who also placed 32nd in the 100 fly (48.23), was an honorable mention All-American as a member of UVa’s ninth place 400 medley relay team.
Second-year Jonathan Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) rounded out Virginia’s All-Americans as he was a member of the Cavaliers’ honorable mention 200 and 400 free relays that both placed 11th. Individually, Haag finished 32nd in the 100 backstroke (49.77). Third-year Jonathan Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) also competed at the NCAAs for Virginia. He swam the two breaststroke events and placed 21st in both. His time in the 100 breast was 54.99 and he clocked a time of 1:59.72 in the 200 breast. Baird swam the breast leg on UVa’s 17th place 200 medley relay team as well.
At the Women’s NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, the Cavaliers placed 12th with 125 points. It marked the teams’ fourth consecutive top 12 finish at the national meet. UVa earned first-team All-America honors in five events with a total of six different swimmers earning those certificates. Nine of the 10 Cavaliers that qualified for the NCAAs earned All-America honors.
Third-years Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) were two-time first-team All-Americans in 2002. Lane, the two-time defending champion in the mile, placed third in that event, the 1650 freestyle, with a time of 16:04.54. She also touched fourth in the 500 free (4:42.40) for first-team All-America status. Bosevska, the 2002 ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP, was a first-team All-American in the two individual medley events. She set the ACC record in finishing third in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:09.75. Bosevska was also seventh in the 200 I.M. in a time of 1:59.40. Lane and Bosevska also swam on UVa’s honorable mention All-America 800 free relay team that finished 10th (7:16.57). Bosevska and Lane competed in a third individual event, the 200 butterfly, and finished 18th and 20th with times of 1:59.29 and 1:59.84, respectively.
The Cavaliers also captured first-team All-America honors in the 200 freestyle relay with an eighth-place finish in a time of 1:31.46. The foursome of first-years Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) and Carrie Ellis (Valrico, Fla./Durant), third-year Lindsey Crane (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and fourth-year Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) each swam legs on the first-team All-America relay. The same foursome set a new ACC record in the preliminaries with a time of 1:30.98. Roesch was also a two-time honorable mention All-American. She picked up one of the honors in the 50 freestyle with a 14th-place performance (23.05) and was also 27th in the 100 free (50.17). Roesch earned her other All-America certificate as a member of the Cavaliers’ 400 free relay that placed 10th with an ACC record time of (3:19.81). Joining Roesch on the 400 free relay were Georoff, Ellis and second-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep). Dykehouse and first-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) also swam on UVa’s 800 free relay team that earned an honorable mention certificate.
Georoff and second-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) rounded out Virginia’s individual All-Americans. Georoff joined Roesch in earning honorable mention All-America accolades in the 50 free with a 13th-place performance (23.04). Georoff was also 28th in the 100 free (50.19) and 38th in the 100 butterfly (55.52). Baly was a three-time honorable mention All-American at the 2002 NCAAs. She placed ninth in the 1650 freestyle (16:20.16) and was 16th in both the 500 free (4:48.39) and 400 I.M. (4:19.11).
In addition to swimming two relays, Ellis was UVa’s top finisher in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.12, good for 26th place. Dykehouse was 28th in the 500 free (4:48.31), 32nd in the 200 butterfly (2:01.06) and 36th in the 200 free (1:49.35). Lipskis competed in two freestyle events and placed 38th in the 200 free (1:49.48) and was 47th in the 500 free (4:52.77). First-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) rounded out UVa’s competitors in the 2002 NCAA Championships. She finished 27th in the 1650 freestyle (16:43.21) and was 48th in the 500 free (4:53.18).
The men’s and women’s swimming teams return 17 of 18 2002 All-Americans next season. Roesch is UVa’s only All-American who graduates in May. The Cavalier men were 8-2 overall and 5-0 in dual meets during the 2001-2002 season and won their fourth consecutive ACC Championship. The UVa women finished the dual meet season with a 9-1 overall mark and were 4-1 in the ACC. Virginia placed second at the 2002 ACC Championships for the third consecutive year.