Jan. 25, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The ninth-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team won 13 of 16 events in registering a 198-102 victory over 20th-ranked North Carolina Saturday (January 25) in Atlantic Coast Conference swimming action at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. First-year Francis Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) helped lead the Cavaliers to the victory by winning the 500 and 1000 freestyles. Crippen’s time of 8:55.69 in the 1000 free set ACC, school and pool records. With the victory, UVa improves 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, while the Tar Heels drop to 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
In addition to Crippen, four other Cavaliers were multiple event winners. Third-years Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) both swam in three UVa wins, while second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and third-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) both recorded a pair of individual event victories.
The foursome of Wagner, fourth-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) and Anderson got UVa off to a good start by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:32.08 as Anderson came from behind to out-touch UNC’s Michael Chenier. Crippen then set the ACC, school and pool records in the 1000 free with his time of 8:55.69. Crippen’s current teammate Ian Prichard held the former record in the 1000 free with a time of 8:59.12 set in 2001. Fourth-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) was second in the 1000 free (9:14.14). Later in the meet, Crippen also took the top spot in the 500 free with a time of 4:23.78. Prichard won the third event of the meet, the 200 free, with a time of 1:39.56 and was also runner-up to Crippen in the 500 free (4:27.75).
North Carolina’s Eddy Matkovich and Sean Quinn won the next two events, the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Matkovich beat Wagner in the 100 back by 18 hundredths of a second with his time of 50.27. Quinn took the 100 breast in a time of 56.15. Wagner came back to lead at top-three Cavalier sweep in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:46.94. Second-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was second in the 200 back (1:49.39) and fourth-year Michael Wheeler (Lisbon, Md./McDonogh) was third (1:51.46).
Raab won the 200 butterfly, the first of his two victories, with a time of 1:46.14. He earned a sweep of the two butterfly events as he touched in 49.12 in the 100 fly. Anderson captured his two individual wins in the 50 and 100 frees. He touched in 20.31 in capturing the 50 free and then led a top-three UVa sweep in the 100 free with a winning time of 45.05. Third-year Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) was runner-up to Anderson in the 50 and 100 frees with times of 21.05 and 46.13, respectively, and first-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) was third in the 100 free (46.56).
Amstutz swept the diving competition with scores of 334.13 on the one-meter board and 328.88 on the three-meter board. Greenwood rounded out UVa’s individual event winners as he clocked a time of 3:54.03 in the 400 individual medley. Crippen was second in the 400 I.M. in a time of 3:55.49. The Cavaliers closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle in 3:01.99. Haag, Wagner, McCoy and Anderson swam legs on the winning relay.
The Cavaliers return to action Sunday (January 26) when they host Clemson at 12 noon at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The one-meter diving competition will begin at 10:45 a.m.