Virginia Swamps N.C. State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan. 17. THE nationally ranked Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams combined to win 21 of 26 events in posting Atlantic Coast Conference victories over N.C. State Saturday (January 17) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The 11th-ranked UVa men (6-1, 3-0 ACC) won 10 events in defeating the Wolfpack 155-83, while the 17th-ranked Cavalier women (4-2, 3-0 ACC) won 11 events in posting a 147-91 win over N.C. State.

The Virginia men won nine of the first 10 events in recording a 155-83 win over N.C. State (5-3, 1-3 ACC). Fourth-years Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) and Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's School) both won a pair of individual events. Prichard won the 1000 free in a time of 9:16.54 and also grabbed the top spot in the 500 free (4:31.02). Kerpelman won the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 45.10 and 1:40.28, respectively, and also swam a leg on UVa's 400 freestyle relay that posted an exhibition victory in a time of 3:03.50.

The Cavaliers won the opening event of the meet, the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:19.87. Fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit), first-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split), third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), and fourth-year Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) swam legs on the winning medley relay.

Wagner also won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:46.59 (NCAA B), while Raab touched in 1:47.63 (NCAA B) in winning the 200 butterfly. Raab was also second to Prichard in the 500 freestyle (4:33.58). Second-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) was UVa's other individual event winner as he clocked a winning time of 3:52.83 (NCAA B) in the 400 individual medley.

Haag, second-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) and third-year Brian Harrington (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) joined Kerpelman on the winning 400 free relay.

UVa's divers also had a tremendous meet. Fourth-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) set school records while winning the one-meter competition and finishing second on the three-meter board. Amstutz tallied 365.33 points in winning on the one-meter board, while second-year Andrew Barber (Vienna, Va./Marshall) was second with 363.83 points. Both divers shattered Amstutz's previous school record of 334.13 points. Amstutz and Barber both broke the Virginia school record in placing second and third on the three-meter board with scores of 336.83 and 330.53. Amstutz held the former mark with 329.10 points. N.C. State's Vitor Assuncao won the three-meter competition with 353.55 points, while UVa third-year Eric Kelley (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian School) was fourth with 305.33 points.

The UVa women won 11 events, including all nine swimming events, with seven different Cavaliers winning individual events in the 147-91 victory over the Wolfpack (3-5, 0-5 ACC). First-year Shannon Hogan (Northville, Mich./Northville) won two individual events, the 50 and 100 freestyles, with personal collegiate best times of 24.19 and 52.77.

UVa got off to a great start by winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:49.17. Second-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), fourth-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon), and first-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) swam legs on the winning relay.

White also won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:01.12 (NCAA B), while Steiner won the 200 breast in 2:18.15 (NCAA B). Bland won the 200 freestyle in 1:50.95 and joined third-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East), second-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt), and fourth-year Betsy Downey (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) on the 40 free relay that posted an exhibition victory (3:32.53).

Second-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) won the 1000 free (9:48.60), while fourth-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) touched first in the 400 individual medley (4:18.38 – NCAAs). Second-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) took the top spot in the 200 butterfly (2:03.56). In the 500 free, first-year Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) and Burke finished one-two with NCAA B times of 4:50.23 and 4:51.26, respectively.

Virginia returns to action on Saturday, January 24 when it travels to Durham, N.C. for a 2:00 p.m. meet against Duke.

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