Dec. 7, 2002
AUBURN, Ala. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to win five events Saturday (December 7) during the third and final day of competition of the Auburn Tiger Invitational at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The 10th-ranked UVa men finished second with 958.5 points, while the 11th-ranked Cavalier women were third with 724 points.
Fourth-ranked Auburn won the three-team men’s competition with 1,252 points, while Virginia was second with 958.5 points. South Carolina placed third with 603.5 points. Defending NCAA champion Auburn won the women’s competition with 1,002 points. Ninth-ranked California was second with 744 points, while UVa was third (724 points), just 20 points behind. In fourth place was 22nd-rated South Carolina with 620 points.
The Virginia men won four of five individual swimming events in the final day of competition. First-year Francis Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy), who automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with his victory in the 500 free Thursday, won the 1650 freestyle with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14:57.58 It is also the second fastest time in school history. Third-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena), who owns the school record in the 1650 free, was second to Crippen in the event with a time of 15:05.14, while fourth-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) was third (15:13.49). Both Prichard and DeMarco met the NCAA “B” qualifying standard. Second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 200 butterfly. Raab touched in 1:44.18, the third fastest time in school history. Third-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) picked up his second individual victory of the meet when he took the top spot in the 200 backstroke with a NCAA “B” time of 1:44.28. Third-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) won his second sprint freestyle event of the meet as he registered a NCAA “B” time of 43.82 in winning the 100 freestyle.
Second-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was runner-up to Raab in the 200 butterfly with a NCAA “B” time of 1:47.51. Fourth-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) was fourth in the 200 fly (1:49.49) and fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) placed fifth (1:49.51), while second-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was eighth (1:51.18). Yimsomruay was also fifth in the 200 backstroke (1:49.06) and fourth-year Michael Wheeler (Lisbon, Md./McDonogh) was eighth in the 200 back (1:51.77). Third-years Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) and Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) were third and seventh in the 100 free with times of 44.68 and 45.12, respectively. Fourth-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and first-year Ryan Berg (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln Sudbury Regional) were fifth and eighth in the 200 breaststroke with times of 2:03.85 and 2:06.29, respectively. In the final event of the meet, the Cavalier foursome of Wagner, Haag, Kerpelman, and Anderson finished second in the 400 free relay with a NCAA “B” time of 2:57.30.
Fourth-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) earned the UVa women’s only victory of the final session as she won the 1650 freestyle. Bosevska posted a NCAA automatically qualifying time 16:17.57. First-year Rachel Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) also automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 1650 free as she was runner-up to Bosevska with a time of 16:22.96. Second-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) was fourth in the 1650 free (16:31.49), while third-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) was seventh (16:48.33). Both McWilliams and Baly met the NCAA “B” standard. UVa had three finalists in the 200 backstroke with first-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) leading the way in fourth place (1:58.91). First-years Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) and Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) were sixth and seventh with time of 2:00.91 and 2:00.96, respectively. All three met the NCAA “B” standard. First-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was UVa’s top finisher in the 200 breaststroke as she posted a time of 2:19.27 in placing fourth. Second-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and first-year Brittany Trimberger (Chelan, Wash./Chaparral) placed seventh and eighth with times of 2:20.40 and 2:20.77, respectively. Second-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) was fourth in the 200 fly with a NCAA “B” time of 2:02.34, while third-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) was sixth (2:02.90). Bosevska was eighth in the 200 fly (2:04.04) after winning the mile. In the prelims of the 200 fly, Bosevska touched in 2:00.83 which met the NCAA “B” standard. In the 400 free relay, the Cavaliers were third (3:27.66) with Bosevska, fourth-year Lindsey Crane (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) and second-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) swimming legs.