Aug. 20, 2002
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Tuesday (August 20). Fifteen Cavalier men’s swimming greats have been selected to the 51-member team as voted on by the eight league institutions that sponsor the sport as decided by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee.
Virginia led all league schools with 15 selections to the Golden Anniversary team, while N.C. State was second with 12 honorees. North Carolina had 11 individuals selected, followed by Florida State with five, Clemson and Maryland with three each and Duke and Georgia Tech one apiece.The 15 UVa swimmers selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Swimming and Diving Team are current Cavaliers Luke Anderson, Ian Prichard, and Luke Wagner, along with former swimmers Doak Finch, Jamie Grimes, Glenn Houck, Greg Indrisano, Jack Jackson, Gary Marshall, Ed Moses, Shamek Pietucha, Austin Ramirez, Bill Smyth, Andy Wren, and Peter Wright.
Third-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) is currently the Cavaliers’ top freestyle sprinter. In two years at UVa, Anderson has earned All-America honors nine times, including six in 2002. He was a 2002 first team All-American with sixth-place performances in both the 50 and 100 free and an eighth-place finish in the 800 free relay. Anderson was also an honorable mention All-American on three UVa relays at the 2002 NCAAs. Anderson was selected as the 2002 ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year and the ACC Meet MVP. The 2001 Goodwill Games bronze medal winner is the Virginia school record holder in the 50 free (19.83), 100 free (43.52) and 200 free (1:36.54).
Doak Finch, who is from Southern Pines, N.C., is currently an assistant coach with the Cavalier swimming and diving program. Finch, who lettered from 1997 to 2000, is an 11-time All-American, a program record he shares with former teammate Austin Ramirez. He is a four-time first-team All-American in the 200 butterfly and a two-time first-team All-American in the 400 medley relay. Finch is an 11-time ACC champion, including eight individual titles, four of which came in the 400 IM. He was selected as the 1998 ACC Meet MVP and the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year.
Jamie Grimes, from Olney, Md., swam for the Cavaliers from 1998 to 2001. The distance freestyle specialist is a three-time All-American in the mile. He was a 2000 first-team All-American in the 1500-meter freestyle and an honorable mention All-American in the 1650 free in 1999 and 2001. Grimes also excelled in the classroom, as he was a three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic first-team pick. He was also a 2001 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Glenn Houck, who is from Rockville, Md., swam for the Cavaliers from 1986 to 1989. Houck is an eight-time All-American, including three times in the 100 backstroke. He was a first-team All-American in 1988 and 1989. The nine-time ACC champion was ranked in the top 25 in the world in the 100-meter backstroke in 1988. The four-year All-ACC selection held the ACC and UVa records in two individual and three relays upon graduation.
Greg Indrisano, from Lansdale, Pa, lettered for Virginia from 1989 to 1992. He was a four-time All-American and earned first-team honors in the 400 I.M. in 1992. Indrisano was also a five-time ACC champion, including three titles in 1992 (200 back, 200 I.M. and 400 I.M.). He was named both the ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP in 1992. Indrisano earned All-ACC honors all four years.
Jack Jackson swam for the Cavaliers from 1987 to 1990. Jackson, from Windermere, Fla., was an eight-time All-American for UVa. He was a three-time first-team All-American in the butterfly – 100 fly in 1989 and 1990 and 200 fly in 1989. The seven-time ACC champion was named the 1989 ACC Meet MVP and was co-recipient of the 1990 ACC Swimmer of the Year award. The four-year All-ACC pick won 1989 ACC titles in the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Gary Marshall, who is from Bartlesville, Okla., swam for Virginia for two seasons. He was a three-time All-American in both 2001 and 2002. He was a first-team All-American in the 200 breaststroke in 2001 and 2002 and in the 100 breast in 2002. He also won the ACC titles in both breaststroke events in 2001 and 2002. Marshall was a member of the USA’s 2001 World University Games team.
Ed Moses, from Burke, Va., swam for the Cavaliers in the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons. Moses won a gold and a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He helped the USA set the world record in winning the gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay and was the silver medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke. Moses has set world records in the breaststroke events numerous times. He was the 2000 NCAA champion in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke with world record times of 57.66 and 2:06.40, respectively, and was selected as the 2000 NCAA Swimmer of the Championship. A six-time All-American, Moses was named the 2000 ACC Swimmer of the Year and the 1999 ACC Rookie of the Year. He is the ACC and Virginia school record holder in the 100 (52.60) and 200 breast (1:53.99). Moses was named UVa’s 1999-2000 Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.
Shamek Pietucha, who is from Edmonton, Alberta, was a four-year letterwinner for UVa from 1996 to 1999. Pietucha competed for Canada in the 2000 Olympics in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 400 medley relay. He was a nine-time All-American and is the program’s first NCAA champion as he won the 200 butterfly title in 1999. Pietucha was a first-team All-American in the 200 fly three times. He also excelled in the classroom as he was a four-time CSCAA All-Academic pick, including first-team honors three times. Pietucha was UVa’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1997-98 and 1998-99. He holds the school marks in the 100 fly (47.29) and 200 fly (1:43.50).
Third-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) is currently UVa’s top distance freestyler. Prichard has earned All-America honors seven times in two seasons, including first-team accolades in the 1650 freestyle (sixth) and 800 free relay (eighth) in 2002. Prichard has won six ACC titles, including the 500 and 1650 freestyles in 2001 and 2002. He was named the ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP in 2001. Prichard holds the ACC Meet, Conference and school records in the 500 (4:16.32) and 1650 free (14:51.70) and the conference and school records in the 1000 free (8:59.12).
Austin Ramirez, from Brookfield, Wis., was a standout performer for the Cavaliers from 1997 to 2000. Ramirez is an 11-time All-American, a program record he shares with former teammate Doak Finch. He was a first-team All-American four times. Ramirez was an 11-time ACC champion and the second of only two ACC swimmers to win four consecutive ACC titles in two events (500 and 1650 free). Ramirez, the 2000 ACC Meet MVP, is another Cavalier who excelled in the classroom. Ramirez was a four-time first-team CSCAA All-Academic pick, as well as a 2000 CoSIDA At-Large Second Team Academic All-American. He is UVa’s 1998-99 Ralph Sampson Scholarship award recipient for excellence in academics, leadership and athletics and the school’s 1999-2000 Gus Tebell Memorial award recipient as the male fourth-year student-athlete with the highest career GPA.
Bill Smyth, from Norristown, Pa., swam for Virginia in 1990-1991 and 1993 to 1994, and is currently an assistant coach for the Cavaliers. Smyth is a five-time All-American and earned first-team honors in the 400 I.M. in 1991. He was fifth in the 400 I.M. at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials. He won eight ACC titles, including four in the 400 I.M. and two in the 200 back. Smyth, the 1994 ACC Meet MVP, held the ACC Meet, Conference and school records in the 400 I.M. (3:47.98) until his record was broken by UVa’s Bo Greenwood at the 2002 ACC’s.
Third-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) is the third current Cavalier named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team. In just two seasons, Wagner has earned All-America honors nine times. He garnered first-team All-America honors in the 800 free relay in 2002 and in the 200 back (fifth place) in 2001. Wagner has won eight ACC titles and was named the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year. He won a bronze medal as a member of the USA’s 2001 Goodwill Games team, and holds the UVa and ACC records in the 200 back (1:42.67).
Andy Wren, from Richmond, competed for Virginia from 1980 to 1983. He was a five-time first-team All-American in the butterfly events. The first of only two ACC swimmers to win four consecutive conference titles in two events (100 and 200 fly from 1980 to 1983). Wren was selected as the ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP in 1983.
Peter Wright, who is from Delran, N.J., was a nine-time All-American for UVa from 1992 to 1995. He earned All-America honors all four years in the 500 and 1650 freestyles with first-team honors in both events in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Wright competed in the 1996 Olympics in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was the 800-meter free U.S. National champion in 1993 and was a silver medalist in the 400 free at the World University Games. The four-time ACC champion was named the 1994 ACC Swimmer of the Year. He was picked as UVa’s 1994-95 Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.