Nov. 8, 2002
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in their first away meet of the season and had the same success they found at home as both squads improved to 3-0 on the season with wins over nationally-ranked Penn State at McCoy Natatorium Friday (November 8). The 13th-ranked UVa men posted a 132-106 victory over the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions, while the 10th-rated Cavalier women registered a 127-114 triumph over 16th-rated Penn State.
First-year Francis Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) had an impressive meet in leading the Cavalier men to the 132-106 victory. Crippen dominated the field in winning the 1650 free with a time of 15:09.32, which met the NCAA B qualifying standard. His time was nearly 31 seconds faster than fourth-year runner-up Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South). Crippen also won the 500 free in 4:30.15 and was second to second-year teammate Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) in the 400 individual medley. Greenwood won the 400 I.M. in a time of 3:54.13, while Crippen was second (3:56.45). Third-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) was also a double winner for UVa. Wagner took the 200 backstroke with a 1:48.22 with Greenwood placing second (1:49.07). Wagner also led off the Cavaliers’ winning 400 medley relay that clocked a time of 3:21.61. Third-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School), fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) and third-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) also swam legs on the winning relay. Kerpelman was also second in the 200 free (1:41.19), while Anderson touched second in the 50 free in 20.77, just four hundredths of a second off the winning time. Second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) won the 200 butterfly with time of 1:48.52. Third-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) was the final UVa winner of the meet as he won the one-meter diving with 315.83 points. He was also second in the three-meter competition with a season-best score of 309.72.
Penn State’s Todd Minnier won a pair of events for the Nittany Lions (0-2). He won the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 45.13 and 1:38.82, respectively. Eugene Botes out-touched Anderson to win the 50 free in 20.73 seconds.
The Virginia women kept their perfect record in tact with a 127-114 victory. Second-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) was the only swimmer to figure in three event wins in the meet. She opened the meet by anchoring UVa’s winning 400 medley relay that touched in 3:48.38. Georoff went on to win the 50 and 100 freestyles with time of 23.66 and 51.00, respectively. First-years Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) and Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman), and third-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) joined Georoff on the winning medley relay. Fourth-year All-Americans Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) were double winners for the Orange and Blue. Lane won the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 16:21.62, nearly 18 seconds faster than first-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel), who bettered the NCAA B standard (16:39.43). Lane also led a top three Virginia sweep in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.16. Bosevska won the 400 I.M. and 500 freestyle. She lowered her season-best time in the 400 I.M. to 4:18.43, which meets the NCAA B standard, and she won the 500 free (4:53.78). Burke was runner-up to Bosevska in the 500 free (4:54.43). First-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) turned in a time of 2:03.70 in winning the 200 back.
Lisa Silvestri won the one and three-meter diving competitions with scores of 289.20 and 310.72, respectively, for Penn State (0-2). Sally Anderson won the 200 free (1:50.70) and Courtney Stanchock took the 200 breaststroke (2:19.64).
UVa will be idle for nearly a month before competing against several nationally-ranked programs in the Auburn Invitational December 6-8 in Auburn, Ala.