CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving program held its annual team banquet Saturday evening (April 15) at Zehmer Hall on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Ten current student-athletes received awards for their contributions to the team in an extremely successful 1999-2000 campaign.
Sophomore Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and freshman Cara Lane(Charlotte, Va./Providence)were selected as the men's and women's team MVPs, respectively. Moses was also the recipient of the Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship.
Junior Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer,Wisc./Rufus King) was named the Diver of the Year.
Men's and women's Rookie of the Year honors went to freshmen Evan Taylor (Issaquah,Wash./Issaquah) and Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep),
respectively. Bosevska was also named the women's team's Hardest Worker,while junior Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) won the men's Hardest Worker Award.
Seniors Jared Felker (Yarmouth, Maine/Mercersburg
Academy) and Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) earned The Coaches' Award, which is given in recognition of significant athletic contribution that is instrumental to the team's success.
Virginia's Academic Award recipients were seniors Austin Ramirez(Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) and Julie Gehm (Richmond, Va./Mills
Ed Moses had a phenomenal year for Virginia. He set a pair of short course world records in winning the NCAA titles in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke in March. He clocked a time of 57.66 in the 100 and
2:06.40 in the 200 in becoming UVa's first two-time NCAA Champion. Moses also set an American 50-meter breaststroke record with a time of 26.96 in the 50 meter split in the 100. He was named the Swimmer of the Championship for his performances at the NCAAs, the first time an ACC swimmer has garnered the award. Moses, the school record holder in the 100
and 200 breast, also won the 100 breast title at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. After the NCAA Championships, Moses won the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Cara Lane became the first UVa female swimmer to earn an NCAA title as she won the 1500-meter freestyle by nearly 11 seconds with a time of 16:03.59 in March. Lane was also third in the 400-meter free (4:07.31) and was 14th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:13.26). Lane also swam on UVa's eighth-place
800 free relay team (8:05.54). She became the sixth UVa female swimmer to be named the Most Valuable Swimmer of the ACC Championships. She set ACC
Meet and Virginia school records in winning the 200 yard butterfly (1:58.58),500 freestyle (4:43.21) and the 1650 free (16:07.71). She was also a member of UVa's winning 800 free relay team (7:16.63).
Courtney Colbert qualified for the NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals and finished 17th on the three-meter board. At the ACC Championships, Colbert was a finalist on both the one and three-meter boards. She was seventh in the three-meter competition (415.70 points) and eighth on the one-meter board (358.50 points).
Evan Taylor turned in several terrific performances at the ACC Championship Meet. He captured runner-up honors in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.57 and was also fifth in the 100 fly (48.68). Taylor participated in the NCAA Championships in both butterfly events and was 27th in the prelims
of the 100-meter fly (54.36) and 24th in the 200 (1:59.40).
Mirjana Bosevska had an exceptional season for the Cavaliers. She earned first-team All-America honors by finishing fourth in the 1500-meter free
(16:14.79) and 400 IM (4:40.47) at the NCAAs. Bosevska was also 10th in the 400 free (4:09.83) to garner honorable mention All-America accolades.
She also swam on the Cavaliers' 800 free relay team that finished eighth. At the ACCs, Bosevska set UVa and ACC Meet records in winning the 200 and
400 yard IMs with times of 2:00.59 and 4:13.77, respectively, and swam the anchor leg of the 'Hoos 800 free relay.
Jamie Grimes captured first-team All-America honors by placing sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle with a time of 14:57.01. He was second to teammate
Ramirez in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships (15:01.63). Grimes was also third in the 500 free in a time of 4:24.84.
Jared Felker and Emily Carrig have made many contributions to the swimming program in their four years to earn the Coaches Awards. Felker, a team captain, earned his first ACC title this year when he won the 100 yard butterfly in a personal-best time of 48.41. Carrig, a 1999-2000 captain, earned first-team All-America honors at the 2000 NCAA Championships as a member of Virginia's 800-meter freestyle relay
team finished eighth (8:05.54). It marked the fourth time she has earned All-America honors. In 2000, Carrig also helped UVa win the 800 free relay crown at the ACC Championships (7:16.63), the second fastest time in school history. Carrig, an eight-time ACC champion, is the former school record holder in the 200 butterfly (2.00.10) and is second all-time in the 200 freestyle (1:48.73). She was recently named to the GTE District III Academic All-America Fall/Winter At-Large Team.
Austin Ramirez capped off an outstanding ACC career by earning the 2000 ACC Meet's Most Valuable Swimmer Award after winning three individual events and capturing one relay title. He is the third Virginia male swimmer to earn the award. The two-time UVa captain won the 1650 yard free with a meet record time (15:00.98) and broke the ACC Meet record in the 500 free (4:18.61). The two victories marked the fourth consecutive year that Ramirez has won those two events and he became just the second ACC swimmer to accomplish the feat. At the 2000 NCAAs, Ramirez earned three All-America titles and now shares the UVa men's record for All-America honors with classmate Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O'Neal) with 11 apiece. Recently, Ramirez earned GTE Academic All-America Fall-Winter At-Large Second Team accolades for his performances in the pool and classroom. In 1997 and 1998, he earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic First Team honors.
Julie Gehm, a freestyle sprinter, is a three-time All-American as a member of Virginia's 200 freestyle relay teams in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She has been a member of two UVa relay teams that claimed ACC titles as well. Gehm was named to the CSCAA First Team in 1999 and is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
In 1999-2000, 22nd-year head coach Mark Bernardino's Cavaliers had outstanding seasons. The women's team went 8-0 and has won 20 consecutive dual meets. Virginia tied for ninth at the NCAA Cmpionships (second highest finish ever) and was second at the ACC Championships. The 'Hoos were ranked as high as seventh in the CSCAA Poll, which is a program best.
The men's team was 7-1 on the season and won its fourth ACC Championship and second consecutive. Virginia placed 12th at the NCAAs to establish a
school record for the highest finish. The Cavaliers were ranked as high as seventh in the Men's CSCAA Poll during the season.


Author: Archive Team


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