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Feb. 6, 2005


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Duke handily in their final dual meet of the season Sunday (February 6) at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The 10th-ranked Cavalier men beat Duke 122-106, and the 12th-ranked Virginia women won 126-102. The Virginia men finish the season 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the ACC, remaining undefeated in the conference for the fifth consecutive year. The women conclude the dual meet portion of the season with a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 ACC mark.

The Cavalier men won 7 of 9 events before exhibitioning the last four in their 122-106 victory over Duke (3-8, 0-5 ACC). Second-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland park, N.J./Princeton Day) picked up the first win of the meet for the Cavaliers in the 1000 freestyle (9:27.54). Third-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) followed up with a win in the 200 frees, leading a Virginia sweep of the event with a time of 1:39.41. Second-year Andrew Hansen (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit) picked up a win in the 50 freestyle (21.35). In the 400 individual medley, first-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) won the event in a season-best time of 4:03.37. First-year Matt Targett (Victoria, Australia/Scotch College) won the 100 butterfly (50.58), and fourth-year Brett Simon (San Mateo, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) notched a victory for Virginia in the 100 free (46.72) while leading a top three UVa sweep. Second-year Mark Remaly (Earlysville, Va./Central Columbia) posted the top time in the 500 freestyle, touching in 4:39.51 and fourth-year Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) had an exhibition victory in the 100 breast (55.83). The Cavaliers concluded the meet with an exhibition win in the 200 free relay. The team of fourth-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta), second-year Elliott Beaulieu (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Alma), Crippen, and fourth-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) combined to swim a time of 1:26.16. Third-year Andrew Barber (Vienna, Va./Marshall) swept the one and three-meter diving events, scoring a 315.08 points in the one-meter event and 303.45 points on the three-meter board. Both of Barber’s scores better the NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals qualifying standards.

The Virginia women won 9 of 10 events before exhibitioning the last three swimming events in their 126-102 win over Duke (3-8, 0-5 ACC). The team of first-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Day), second-years Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville), and first-year Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, clocking a time of 1:47.28. Bland went on to win a pair of individual events for the Cavaliers. Bland won the 50 free in 23.98 and the 100 fly in 58.27. Third-year Patty Park (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) also won a pair of events for the Cavaliers, winning the one and three-meter diving competitions. Park posted scores of 230.25 on the one-meter board and 221.85 in the three-meter competition.

First-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) was another double event-winner for the Cavaliers, picking up wins in the 200 free (1:50.80) and the 100 free (51.39). In the 200 free, Lewis lead a one-two-three Virginia sweep of the event, with third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) taking second (1:52.36) and third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) finishing third (1:54.34). Gordon also posted the top time in the 500 freestyle (4:55.07). Second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) picked up a win for Virginia in the 1000 freestyle, touching in 10:15.31 to lead a one-two Cavalier finish. Third-year Laura Mumper (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) won the 400 individual medley in 4:27.70, while third-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.77). In the final event of the meet, the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Glover, third-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt), Lewis, and first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) touched first with an exhibition time of 1:37.21.

The Cavalier women return to competition February 16-19 for the ACC Championships hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. The Virginia men return to action when they travel to Atlanta for the ACC Championships February 23-26. The men are looking to win their seventh consecutive ACC title, while the women are the two-time defending ACC champs.

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