Virginia's Raab named ACC Men's Swimmer of the Week -- February 5, 2004
GREENSBORO, N.C., February 5. UNIVERSITY of Virginia third-year swimmer Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week as announced Monday (February 2). Raab was involved in two event wins in the Cavaliers' victory over Pittsburgh and also won an event in the FINA World Cup in New York.
In ninth-ranked Virginia's 128-108 victory over 16th-ranked Pittsburgh on February 1 at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center, Raab won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:45.67. He also swam the butterfly leg on Virginia's winning 400 medley relay that clocked a time of 3:18.43. He also placed third in the 500 freestyle with a personal season-best time of 4:31.33.
On Friday (January 30), Raab competed in the FINA World Cup Series in East Meadow, N.Y. and won the 200-meter butterfly by nearly a second with an impressive time of 1:56.28. His time betters the NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Raab holds the top times in the ACC this season in the 100-yard butterfly (48.51) and 200-yard butterfly (1:44.54). Raab's time of 1:44.54 in the 200 fly is second in the nation among collegiate swimmers.
Raab becomes the fourth Cavalier men's swimmer to earn the ACC's weekly award. Second-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) is a three-time recipient of the honor in 2003-2004, while fourth-years Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's School) and Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) have earned the accolade once.