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.