Virginia's Raab Selected To USA World Championship Team
April 7, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia swimmers Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) have been selected to represent the United States in international swimming competitions this summer. Raab has been named to the USA’s World Championship Team, while Mellors will compete in the World University Games for the United States.
The swimming portion of the 2005 World Championships will be held July 24-31, in Montreal, Canada, while the 2005 World University Games will be held in Izmir, Turkey, August 11-21.
Raab earned a spot of the USA World Championship Team in the 200-meter butterfly by finishing second in the event at the World Championship Trials on April 2. Raab clocked a time of 1:58.79 to place second, just eight hundredths of a second behind Davis Tarwater. Raab was also second in the preliminaries of the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.15.
A three-time first-team All-American and four-time ACC champion in the 200 butterfly, Raab set the Pan Am Games record in winning the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly in August of 2003. He clocked a time of 1:57.33 in setting the record. In October of 2004, Raab competed in the FINA World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., and turned in a sixth-place performance and bettered the NCAA short course meters record with his prelims performance of 1:54.95.
Mellors earned a spot on the USA World University Games Team in the 400-meter individual medley by finishing fourth in the finals of the 400 I.M. at the World Championship Trials on April 1 with a time of 4:21.79. Mellors, the 2005 ACC Men’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year, was second after the prelims with a time of 4:22.54.
Mellors earned first-team All-America honors in the 400 individual medley at the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with a fifth-place time of 3:45.57. He was an honorable mention All-American in the 200 I.M. with a 10th-place performance (1:46.34). Mellors swept the 200 and 400 I.M. at the 2005 ACC Championships.