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Virginia Defeats Duke in Dual Meet

Jan 23, 2000

DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams both won the first five events of their respective meets en route to ACC victories over Duke at the Duke Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. The 10th-ranked Cavalier men defeated the Blue Devils 113-78 to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The eighth-ranked UVa women posted their 17th-consecutive dual meet victory dating back to the 1997-98 season with a 123-90 triumph over Duke. Virginia improves it record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC.

The Virginia men won eight of 12 events in the meet, which does not include three exhibition wins. Second-year Matt Lee (Munster, Ind./Munster) was the only double winner for the Cavaliers. Lee was victorious in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:59.89. He also swam a leg of the 'Hoos winning 200 medley relay that touched in 1:36.45. First-years Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) and Brian Best (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) and fourth-year Jared Felker (Yarmouth, Mass./Mercersburg Academy) also swam legs on the winning relay.

First-year Dan Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va./Bishop Ireton) won the 1000 free with a personal-best time of 9:35.85, while fourth-year Jimmy Blitzer (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) led a top-four UVa sweep in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.05. In the 50 free, third-year Troy Johnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) posted a winning time of 21.41 seconds. Fourth-year Ryan McGeary (Chester Springs, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) led a one-two-three Cavalier sweep in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.17 seconds. Best was second (52.87) and Zurowski was third (53.37). First-year Gary Sharpe (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) and fourth-year Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O'Neal) rounded out Virginia's event winners with victories in the 100 free and 100 backstroke, respectively. Sharpe won the 100 free in a time of 48.71 seconds, while Finch registered a winning time of 51.46 seconds in the 100 back.

The UVa women won all eight events that they did not exhibition. The Cavalier foursome of fourth-years Kori Forster (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin), Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and Julie Gehm (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and second-year Katie Slonaker (Summit, N.J./Oak Knoll) posted a winning time of 1:52.06. UVa's lone competitor in the 1000 freestyle, fourth-year Sharon Riedlinger (Laurel, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt), won in a time of 10:33.24. In the 200 free, first-year Abby Parker (Akron, Ohio/Firestone) led a top-three Cavalier sweep with a time of 1:53.31. Second-year Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) was second (1:56.63) and third-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) placed third (1:57.90). Roesch also won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.14.

First-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) touched in a time of 2:08.77 to win the 200 I.M., while classmate Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) won the 100 fly in 57.60 seconds. First-year Kristin Knudson (Estes Park, Colo./Estes Park) rounded out UVa's event winners by taking the 100 free with a time of 53.75 seconds. Parker was second in the 100 free (54.63), while second-year Caitlin Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) finished third in 54.68 seconds.

The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to action tomorrow when they take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The men's meet against the 20th- ranked Tar Heels begins at 1:00 p.m. The UVa women compete against 17th-ranked UNC at 4:00 p.m. The Virginia women's swimming and diving team's last dual meet loss was to North Carolina. In 1998, UNC defeated the Cavaliers 160-140 in Chapel Hill.