Dec. 6, 2002
AUBURN, Ala. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to win three events Friday (December 6) during the second day of competition of the Auburn Tiger Invitational at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The 10th-ranked UVa men are in second place with 629.5 points, while the 11th-ranked Cavalier women are in fourth place with 450 points.
Fourth-ranked Auburn leads the three-team men’s competition with 826 points, while Virginia is second with 629.5 points. South Carolina is third with 420.5 points. Defending NCAA champion Auburn leads the women’s competition with 702 points. Ninth-ranked California is second with 495 points, while 22nd-rated South Carolina is third with 462 points. UVa is fourth with 450 points, 12 shy South Carolina and 45 behind California.
Third-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and second-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) both won events for Virginia. Wagner won the 100 backstroke with a NCAA “B” time of 48.72, while Greenwood was victorious in the 400 individual medley as he touched in 3:50.11 which also met the NCAA “B” standard. Wagner also led off UVa’s 200 medley relay that finished second in a time of 1:30.67. Third-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School), second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and third-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) also swam legs on the relay. In the 100 butterfly, Raab touched in 49.15 to tie with South Carolina’s Chris McCrary for second, while Anderson was third in the 100 breast (55.57). Third-years Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) and Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and first-year Francis Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) posted third-place finishes as well. Prichard was third in the 200 free in 1:38.14 (NCAA B) and Haag garnered his third-place performance in the 100 back (49.95). Crippen recorded a time of 3:52.24 (NCAA B) in the 400 I.M. Kerpelman finished two spots behind Prichard in the 200 free in 1:39.46, while first-year Bobby Rudd (Roswell, Ga./Centennial) was sixth in the same event with a time of 1:39.53. Fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) was a finalist in the 400 I.M. and 100 butterfly. He was sixth in the 400 I.M. (3:55.82) and seventh in the 100 fly (50.01). Fourth-year Michael Wheeler (Lisbon, Md./McDonogh) was UVa’s fourth finalist in the 400 I.M., taking seventh place in a time of 4:00.95. Fourth-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and second-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) were the Cavaliers’ other two finalists. Baird was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (57.21), while Cooper was eighth in the 100 back (52.84).
First-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) was the third Cavalier to post a victory in the meet. White automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 100 backstroke with a school record time of 54.82, breaking the former school mark of 55.25 set by Megan Iffland in 1999. Virginia had four swimmers finish in the top eight of the 400 I.M. and 100 breaststroke. In the 400 I.M., fourth-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) automatically qualified for the NCAAs as she posted a time of 4:13.31. First-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) and third-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) posted NCAA “B” times. Gordon was fourth (4:18.21), while Baly was sixth (4:19.97). Second-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) was eighth in the 400 I.M. (4:24.78). In te 100 breast, second-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon) was fourth in 1:05.38. First-year Brittany Trimberger (Chelan, Wash./Chaparral) was sixth (1:06.10), followed by Rachael Schaffner (Vienna, Va./Bishop O’Connell) in seventh (1:06.15) and Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) in eighth (1:06.73). Third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) was sixth in the 200 freestyle with a NCAA “B” time of 1:50.53, while Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) was eighth in the 100 butterfly (56.63).
UVa concludes competition in the three-day Auburn Tiger Invitational Saturday. Prelims begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time and finals commence at 5:30 p.m.