Jan. 7, 2006
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams took a break from their training trip to Florida to compete in the Second Annual Matt Gribble Invitational Saturday (Jan. 7) at the University of Miami’s Norman Whitten Student Union pool. The 20th-ranked UVa women won six of nine events to score 332 points and defeat Colorado State (196) and Miami (103). Virginia was the only school to have a men’s team compete in the meet and compiled 480 points in nine events.
In the women’s competition, the Cavaliers won the opening event, the 200 medley relay, with a time of 1:48.61. Fourth-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), second-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin), first-year Kristen Wallace (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), and second-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) swam legs on the winning relay. Fourth-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) turned in a time of 5:03.14 to win the 500 freestyle.
After Miami Swimming’s Brittany Selts won two of the next three events, third-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) touched first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.20. Third-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) then won the 100 free (53.24) and Steenrod followed with a victory in the 100 individual medley (59.81). Virginia closed out the meet by touching first in the 200 free relay. The foursome of second-years Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood), first-year Megan Evo (Beverly Hills, Mich./Groves) and Lewis swam legs on the winning relay.
In the men’s meet, first-year Lee Robertson (Waynesboro, Va./Wayneboro) won a pair of events. Robertson won the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.58 and also took the top spot in the 100 free (48.84). Four other Cavaliers earned both individual event wins while also swimming on winning relays.
Third-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/ Split) won the 100 individual medley (53.12) and also swam the breaststroke leg on UVa’s “A” team that won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.66. Third-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) won the 500 free with a time of 4:41.36 and joined Rogulj on the winning 200 medley relay. Third-year Greg Imboden (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie) was the third member of the 200 medley relay to also win an individual event as he also won the 50 free with a time of 22.07. Second-year Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas/Woodlands) swam the backstroke leg on the Cavaliers’ “A” 200 medley relay.
First-year Bjorn Falk (Wilton, N.H./High Mowing) was the fourth Cavalier with an individual event and relay victory. He won the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.47 and also the third leg on UVa’s winning 200 free relay (1:29.26). Third-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview), second-year Mike Miller (St. Davids, Pa./Radnor) and second-year Kenton Harris (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) also swam legs on the winning relay. Second-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.77 to round out UVa’s event winners.
The 13th-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 14) when it hosts 10th-ranked Tennessee as well as Princeton at 11:00 a.m. at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.