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Jan. 20, 2006

DURHAM, N.C. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined to win 20 of 26 events in registering Atlantic Coast Conference dual meet wins over Duke Friday evening (Jan. 20) at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion. The 14th-ranked Cavalier men won 12 of 13 events in their 126-93 victory, while the 19th-rated UVa won eight of 13 events in a 125-115 victory over the Blue Devils. The Virginia men improve to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, while the women’s team is 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Duke’s men drop to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC, while the Blue Devil women fall to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

In the men’s 126-93 victory, UVa won every event except for the 100 breaststroke and had four top three sweeps. First-year Lee Robertson (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro) and fourth-year Andrew Barber (Vienna, Va./ Marshall) both won a pair of individual events. Robertson took the 50 free with a time of 22.13 and led a top four Cavalier sweep in the 100 butterfly (51.43). Barber swept the diving competition with scores of 283.42 and 260.47 on the one and three-meter boards, respectively.

The Cavaliers opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.71. The foursome of first-year Bjorn Falk (Wilton, N.H./High Mowing), third-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/ Split), first-year Pat Reams (North Easton, Mass./Boston College High), and second-year Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) same legs on the winning relay. First-year Stefan Bartl (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) then took the 1000 free (9:51.26) and fourth-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) led a top four UVa sweep in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.04. After Robertson’s win in the 50 free, first-year T.J. Southmayd (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) won the 200 individual medley (1:55.91). Robertson led a top four sweep in the 100 fly. Fourth-year Ryan Berg (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) touched first in a top three sweep of the 100 free (47.55) and second-year Kenton Harris (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) followed with a win in the 100 backstroke (53.85). Third-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) was UVa’s final individual event winner with an exhibition victory in the 500 free (4:40.42). The Cavaliers closed out the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle (1:27.02) with third-year Elliott Beaulieu (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Alma), second-year PJ Sullivan (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan), Berg, and second-year Brett Murphy (Oakmont, Pa./Shady Side Academy) each swimming legs.

In UVa’s 125-115 win over the Duke women, first-year diver Jackie Apple (New Albany, Ohio/ New Albany) was the Cavaliers’ only double individual event winner. She won the one-meter diving competition with 259.10 points and then took the three-meter event with 245.32 points. Second-years Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./ Parkland) also had a hand in two Virginia victories. Bialas won the 50 free with a time of 24.49, while Lewis led a top four UVa sweep in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.38. Bialas and Lewis also swam legs on UVa’s winning 200 free relay that sealed the victory with a winning time of 1:36.51. Third-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) and second-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) rounded out the members of the winning relay.

Fourth-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) picked up Virginia’s first individual swimming event victory when she led a top three Cavalier sweep in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.54. Third-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) and fourth-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) also picked up the Cavaliers’ other individual event wins. Schmidt clocked a winning time of 4:53.77 in the 500 free with Gordon taking second in 4:54.61. White posted a time of 57.38 to win the 100 backstroke by a full second.

The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday (Jan. 21) when they swim against North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The men’s meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., while the UVa women take on the 21st-ranked Tar Heels at 4:00 p.m.

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