CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 26. THE Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams successfully opened their respective 2002-2003 seasons with victories over SEC rival South Carolina today at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.
The Cavalier men won seven events in a 129-109 victory, while the UVa women won nine of 13 events in a 131-107 win over the Gamecocks. Both South Carolina squads fall to 1-1 on the season.
In the Virginia men's 129-109 victory, highly touted UVa first-year Francis Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./
Germantown Academy) turned in an impressive performance
with dominating swims in the 500 and 1000 freestyles. In his first collegiate race, Crippen set a UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center record in winning the 1000 free with a time of 8:59.53, which was 41 hundredths of a second shy of third-year teammate Ian Prichard's (Ventura, Calif./Buena) school and conference record. Crippen also won the 500 free with a time of 4:26.45. Prichard was second to Crippen in both events with times of 4:33.19 and 9:20.06 in the 500 and 1000 free, respectively.
Second-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) was also impressive in the Cavaliers' season-opener. He led a top-four UVa sweep in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:48.38 and also swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay (3:23.26).
Third-years Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) and fourth-year Jon Baird (Nashville, Tenn./
Montgomery Bell Academy) each swam legs on the winning medley relay. Wagner and Anderson also posted victories in the 200 backstroke (1:47.65) and 100 free (45.50), respectively.
Fourth-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/
Germantown Academy) rounded out UVa's event winners as he won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:50.17.
South Carolina's Andy Bradley swept the one and three-meter diving events. He set the AFC pool record in the three-meter competition with a score of 354.23 and his point total of 315.53 on the one-meter board was just shy of the pool record. Chris McCrary won the 50 free (20.45), while Tamas Szucs took the 200 free (1:40.12).
The Virginia women received outstanding performances from several swimmers in a 131-107 victory over South Carolina.
Second-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) won three events, while fourth-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and first-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) both won two events.
Georoff was victorious in the 50 and 100 frees with times of 23.21 and 50.59, respectively, and also swam the anchor leg on the Cavaliers' winning 400 medley relay (3:48.13).
White, second-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and third-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) also swam legs on the winning relay. White also won the 200 backstroke with an impressive time of 2:02.22.
Lane won the 1000 free (9:50.38) and led a top four UVa sweep in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.08. Lane was also second to first-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) in the 500 free. Burke won the 500 free with a time of 4:51.60, while Lane was second in 4:54.86. Burke was also runner-up to Lane in the 1000 free (9:54.51).
Third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) and fourth-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) rounded out UVa's event winners. Dykehouse won the 200 free (1:50.51) and Bosevska grabbed the top spot in the 200 individual medley (2:03.92). Dykehouse was also second in the 200 fly (2:03.21).
South Carolina's Lauren King swept the one and three-meter diving competitions. She won the one-meter board with 311.48 points and took the three-meter board with a score of 304.50.
UVa returns to action on November 2 when both squads host Duke at 1:00 p.m. at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.