Feb. 5, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team maintained their perfect record in the ACC while the women’s team suffered their first conference loss when they hosted the University of Maryland Saturday (February 5) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The 10th-ranked Cavalier men beat Maryland 158-78, while the 12th-ranked UVa women lost 119.5-117.5 to the 13th-ranked Terrapins. The UVa men improve to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC, while the Virginia women now stand at 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the ACC.
The Cavalier men won 11 of 13 events before exhibitioning the last two in their 158-78 victory over Maryland (4-7, 1-6 ACC). Four Cavaliers won a pair of events each in leading UVa to victory. Fourth-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) nabbed victories in the 100 and 200 free, winning the 100 free in 44.89 and bettering his ACC season-best in the 200 free with a NCAA “B” time of 1:37.57. Third-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) won the 200 individual medley (1:50.38) and the 200 butterfly (1:49.23). Second-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) took first in both the 500 and 1000 free events, clocking times of 4:33.83 and 9:21.24, respectively. Third-year Andrew Barber (Vienna, Va./Marshall) swept the diving events for the Cavaliers, posting season-best scores in both the one and three-meter events. His scores of 313.80 on the three-meter board and 351.30 on the one-meter board both meet the NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals qualifying scores. Barber’s one-meter score of 351.30 is also the top score posted in the ACC so far this season.
First-year Matt Targett (Victoria, Australia/Scotch College) won the 50 free as he touched in a time of 20.52. Targett also anchored the winning 200 medley relay. First-year Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), second-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split), and fourth-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) joined Targett to clock a time of 3:21.33 in the 200 medley. Rogulj also turned in the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke, where he touched in first with a time of 2:01.94. Fourth-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) took the top spot in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.36. Virginia concluded with an exhibition victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Second-year Andrew Hansen (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit), fourth-year Brian Harrington (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon), second-years Stefan Hirniak (Highland park, N.J./Princeton Day) and Greg Imboden (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie) combined to swim a time of 3:05.46.
The Virginia women suffered their first conference loss of the season with a 119.5-117.5 loss to the 13th-ranked Terrapins (11-0, 7-0 ACC). The Cavaliers won five of 13 events while recording eight NCAA “B” times in the meet. The meet came down to the 400 free relay, with UVa needing to finish first and third. The Cavaliers won the relay, but Maryland grabbed second and third places to win the meet.
Third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) won the 200 backstroke for the Cavaliers, posting a season-best NCAA “B” time of 2:00.19. Gordon posted another season-best and NCAA “B” time of 2:03.57 with her second-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Winning the 200 individual medley was first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin), with a NCAA “B” time of 2:02.91. Third-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.99. Bennett also came in third in the 200 breaststroke, swimming a NCAA “B” time of 2:17.67. Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) clocked a NCAA “B” time of 2:16.63 to win the 200 breaststroke for the Cavaliers. Virginia finished the meet with a strong first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of first-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Day), second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville), and first-years Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) teamed up to swim a time of 3:24.00 (NCAA B). Glover and Bland tied for second in the 100 free (51.38), out-touching their Maryland competitor by one one-hundredth of a second. In the 200 free, Bland was out-touched by 0.21 seconds to finish second (1:49.93-NCAA B).
Virginia closes out its dual meet season by hosting Duke at noon Sunday (February 6) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The diving competition will begin at 10:30 a.m.