NCAA Div. I: Virginia Posts Dual Wins Over Duke

By Bill Hurd

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va, Jan. 27. THE University of Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams concluded the home dual meet portion of their
respective schedules with victories over Duke on Saturday afternoon (January 27) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The 11th-ranked Virginia men defeated Duke 162-118, while the 12th-ranked Cavalier women
registered a 156.5-121.5 victory over the Blue Devils.

The 11th ranked Virginia men improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC by winning 11 of 16 events which does not include exhibition wins in four other events, in defeating Duke (4-3, 0-2 ACC) 162-118.

Freshman Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) turned in an outstanding performance in winning the 1000 freestyle. Prichard clocked a time of 9:02.90, and in the process, set ACC, school and pool records, breaking the former mark of 9:04.76, set by UVa's Austin Ramirez in 1998.

Sophomore Guy Yimsomruay(Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown Academy) won the 200 butterfly (1:49.17) and the 200 backstroke (1:50.50) and also swam a leg on Virginia's winning 200 medley relay team that posted a time of 1:34.17.

Freshman Luke Wagner (Greenwood, Colo./Regis Jesuit), sophomore Brian Best (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) and senior Troy Johnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) also
swam legs on the winning relay. Johnson was victorious in the 50 free as well as he touched in 21.46. Wagner also posted the top time in the 200
individual medley with an exhibition time of 1:55.66.
Junior diver Joe Piorkowski (Easton, Pa./Easton) qualified for the NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals with a score of 290.40 points while winning the one-meter diving competition. Piorkowski also tallied a season-best 288.38 points in the three-meter competition which he exhibitioned.

The Cavaliers also had five swimmers who earned one victory in the meet. Luke Anderson (Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) won the 200 free (1:41.27), while Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) took the top spot in
the 100 backstroke (51.75). Gary Marshall (Bartles-ville, Okla./Bartlesville) touched in 57.45 to win the 100 breaststroke. Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./
St. Paul's School) was victorious in the 100 free (46.87), while Dovydas Pelegrimas (Port Washington, N.Y./Germantown) clocked a time of 4:44.10 to win the 500 free.

The lone Duke victory (other than events the Cavaliers exhibitioned) came in the 200 breast as Ryan Spoon recorded a time of 2:04.75.

The 12th-ranked Virginia women improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the ACC with a 156.5-121.5 victory over Duke (5-2, 0-2 ACC). UVa won 10 of 16 events; not including five exhibition wins. Sophomore Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) led the Cavaliers with three individual wins. Bosevska won the 200 free (1:52.08), 200 butterfly (2:01.55) and 200
backstroke (2:08.09) with her time of the 200 fly bettering the NCAA B qualifying standard.

Sophomore Alison Sharp (Newton, Pa./Council Rock)won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 253.88 points and her score of 259.50 points on the three-meter board and would have won had she not exhibitioned the event.

The Cavaliers won the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.96. Senior Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's), freshman Rachael Schaffner (Vienna,Va./Bishop O'Connell), freshman Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) and sophomore Lindsey Crane (Fairport, N.Y./
Fairport)swam legs on the relay. Iffland also won the 100 back in 57.65 and earned an exhibition win in the 100 fly (57.71), while Schaffner earned a win in
the 200 breast (2:24.63). Dykehouse earned an exhibition win in the 500 free (4:55.35) as well.

Lisa Favreau (Alamo, Calif./Monte Vista) won the 100 free in 53.26, while first-year Betsy Downey Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) won the 1000 free in 10:24.11. Jenna Bridges (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles School) earned a victory in the 50 free (24.25).

Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) captured an exhibition win in the 200 IM (2:07.19). Allison Watson earned Duke's lone win in an event that UVa
did not exhibition, as she took the 100 breast in 1:07.48.

The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to action on Saturday, February 3 when they travel to Maryland for their final dual meet of the season. The meet begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium.

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