Jan. 25, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
The 11th-ranked North Carolina women’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 16 events to post a 171-129 victory over 12th-ranked Virginia Saturday (January 25) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Cavaliers won two of the first four events, but North Carolina won the next seven events to jump out to an insurmountable lead. With the victory, North Carolina improves to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the ACC, while the Cavaliers fall to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
After North Carolina out-touched UVa in the 200 medley relay to open the meet, Virginia first-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) led a top-three Virginia sweep in the 1000 free with a winning time of 9:50.41. Fourth-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was second in 9:52.67, while third-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) was third (9:56.16). First-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) earned UVa’s second win of the meet as she touched in 55.16 to win the 100 backstroke.
Lane came from behind in the final 25 yards to win the 500 freestyle for the Cavaliers’ third victory of the meet. Lane posted a season-best time of 4:49.35 in the 500. Fourth-year Alison Sharp (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock) won the three-meter diving competition with a school record total of 304.43 points. She was also second in the one-meter competition with 259.20 points. Fourth-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) rounded out UVa’s event winners as she took the top spot in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.57.
Third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) and second-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) both had a pair of second-place finishes in the meet for Virginia. Dykehouse was second in the 200 free with a NCAA “B” time of 1:49.44 and was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (56.47). Georoff was second in the 50 free (23.39) and 100 free 51.57.
Junior Jessi Perruquet led the Tar Heels to the victory with individual victories in the 100 and 200 freestyles and she also anchored UNC’s winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. Perruquet posted a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:47.43 in winning the 200 freestyle and also took the top spot in the 100 freestyle (50.26). She anchored the Tar Heel’s winning 200 medley relay (1:43.62) as well as the 400 free relay that touched first in 3:24.71. Senior Christy Watkins also swam on North Carolina’s winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. She won the 50 free and 100 butterfly with times of 23.21 and 56.20, respectively.
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.