NCAA Div. I: North Carolina Men Lead Minnesota; Women Lead Michigan -- November 3, 2000
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Nov. 3. THE North Carolina Swimming and Diving team leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers men and the Michigan Wolverine women at the midway point of a 2-day meet scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at The Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.
The #22-ranked Tar Heel men have built a commanding lead over the #10-ranked Gopher men, 112.50-73.50, going into tomorrow's final events. Carolina men produced outstanding performances Friday night both in individual and relay events. Breaking a school record in the 1000-yard freestyle event, freshman Yuri Suguiyama swam a 9:09.59, .23 seconds faster than the record set in 1995. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Suguiyama and Justin Donato, junior Justin Rossi and senior anchor Brad Kline beat the Gopher team by more than four seconds with a time of 6:44.96.
On the women's side, the Tar Heels, who are tied with the Wolverines for the #9 ranking in the nation, have the early lead over the Wolverines, 110-76. Freshman Jessi Perruquet won the 200-yard freestyle event with atime of 1:48.37, earning her a place in the Carolina record books as the third fastest ever. In an exciting 200-yard medley relay, the team of sophomores Christy Watkins and Janna Turner, senior Summer Mack and freshman anchor Jessi Perruquet edged the Wolverine team by .09 seconds, finishing with a time of 1:44.54.