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Feb. 28, 2003


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Virginia men’s swimming and diving team extended its lead in the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships to 112 points after the second day of competition Friday (February 28). The Cavaliers won two events Friday and have scored 509 points to take a commanding lead over Florida State at the ACCs, which are being held Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Virginia, the four-time defending ACC champions, leads after 13 (of 20) events with 509 points, while Florida State is second with 397 points. North Carolina is third (377.50) with Georgia Tech in fourth place with 315 points. N.C. State is fifth (237), followed by Clemson (205), Maryland (147) and Duke (107.50).

Second-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was the only Cavalier to earn an individual ACC title as he grabbed the top spot in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:47.56 which was shy of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard by three tenths of a second. With his victory in the 400 I.M., Greenwood swept the two individual medley events for the second consecutive year as he also won the 200 I.M. Thursday evening. Three other Cavaliers swam in the finals of the 400 I.M. with Greenwood. First-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) took third place with a time of 3:49.82, while fourth-year Dan DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) was sixth (3:56.55) and first-year Ryan Berg (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) finished seventh (3:58.29).

Virginia also won the 800 free relay for the fourth consecutive year as the Cavaliers touched in 6:32.69. Third-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School), Crippen, third-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and third-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) each swam legs on the victorious relay.

Prichard also placed fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.02. First-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) grabbed the seventh spot in the 200 free (1:40.37), while third-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) was eighth (1:41.74). Fourth-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) was second in the consolation final and placed 10th overall (1:38.96).

In the 100 breaststroke, Anderson clocked a time of 55.22 to finish fifth. Fourth-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) was the Cavaliers’ top finisher in the 100 breast with a third-place time of 54.93. Third-year Andrew Pickett (Satellite Beach, Fla./Satellite) placed 16th overall with a time of 57.56.

Wagner was UVa’s only finalist in the 100 backstroke as he took fourth place with a time of 49.26. Third-year Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) was second in the consolation final (49.67) to finish 10th overall.

UVa had two finalists in the 100 butterfly with second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, M.d./Walter Johnson) taking fourth place (48.55), while fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) was seventh (48.96). Second-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was 10th overall, (49.65), finishing second in the consolation final of the fly.

UVa was fifth in the 200 medley relay (1:30.06) with Haag, Baird, Yimsomruay and Kerpelman swimming legs on the relay.

The UVa men conclude competition in the 2003 ACC Championships Saturday (March 1). Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals commence at 7:00 p.m.

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