Nov. 1, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. – The nationally-ranked Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened Atlantic Coast Conference competition with victories over Clemson Saturday afternoon (November 1) at McHugh Natatorium. The ninth-ranked Cavalier men improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC with a 137.5-105.5 win over Clemson, while the 17th-ranked UVa women improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference with a 151-90 win over the Tigers.
In the women’s meet, Virginia won 10 of 13 events in cruising to the 151-90 victory. First-year Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School), who won two events Friday against South Carolina, took three event titles against the Tigers. Kelly posted her first victory in the 1000 free, winning in 9:49.89, more than 14 seconds faster than the runner-up. Kelly then won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:04.30, and closed out her day by leading four UVa swimmers to the wall in the 500 freestyle (4:50.98). Fourth-year diver Katie Prior (Dallas, Texas/Logos Academy) earned her first career sweep in the diving events as she won the one-meter board with a score of 227.62 and also grabbed the top spot in the three-meter competition with 216.37 points.
The Cavaliers opened the meet by winning the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:50.73. Second-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), fourth-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon), and first-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) each swam legs on the winning relay. Steiner and Bland also earned individual event victories in the meet. Stein led a top three UVa sweep in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.94, while Bland touched in 1:51.88 to win the 200 freestyle. Fourth-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) and second-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) also grabbed event wins against the Tigers. Baly clocked a winning time of 2:06.86 in the 200 individual medley, while Berg took the top spot in the 200 backstroke (2:02.80). White was runner-up to Berg in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.96, while Baly was second to Kelly in the 500 free (4:54.24).
The Cavalier men won eight of 13 events in their 137.5-105.5 win over Clemson. Second-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) garnered three of UVa’s eight victories. In his first event, the 1000 free, Crippen led a top three UVa sweep and won by 11 seconds in 9:09.46. Crippen came back to win the next men’s event, the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:40.96. He closed out the day by leading three Cavaliers to the finish line in the 500 freestyle (4:28.55). Fourth-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) was second to Crippen in the 500 and 1000 frees.
Five other Virginia swimmers got into the win column. Third-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.18, while third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) took the top spot in the 200 butterfly in 1:47.54. Fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) won the 200 backstroke, touching in 1:45.73, and was also second in the 200 I.M. (1:54.38). First-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split) was victorious in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.20), while fourth-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) rounded out the Cavaliers’ event winners as he scored 298.65 points in winning the three-meter diving competition.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, November 7 when it hosts ACC rival Georgia Tech at 2:00 p.m. at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The diving competition will begin at 1:00 p.m.