Feb. 24, 1997

Men's Swimming Heads to North Carolina for ACC Championship

Women Place Third in ACCs, With Two Automatic Qualifiers for NCAA Championship

CAVS GO TO CHAPEL HILL FOR ACCS: The UVa men's swimming team will take part in the ACC Championship this weekend at the University of North Carolina. The meet begins on Thursday, Feb. 27, and concludes on Saturday, Mar. 1. Virginia will battle with three teams currently ranked in the Top 25 for the ACC title. North Carolina enters the weekend ranked No. 12, while Florida State is No. 13 and North Carolina State is currently ranked 23rd. Florida State enters the meet with a perfect 10-0 record in dual meets.

THE TOP CONTENDERS: Several Virginia swimmers have opportunities to win individual ACC titles this weekend. Junior Jason Webb is currently ranked first in the conference in the 200 yard backstroke and second in the 100 yard backstroke. Sophomore Shamek Pietucha is currently first in the ACC in the 100 yard butterfly and second in the 200 yard butterfly. Other Cavaliers who could score a good deal of points in the meet are senior Tom Woodworth in the sprint freestyle events and freshman Doak Finch in the butterfly and individual medley.

UVA WOMEN PLACE THIRD: The Cavalier women finished in third place at the ACC Championship last weekend with a total of 658.5 points. Virginia finished only 2.5 points behind second place North Carolina (661 points), while Clemson won the meet with a score of 708. Florida State finished fourth (488.5), North Carolina State was fifth (395), Maryland placed sixth (328) and Duke was seventh (131).

CARRIG WINS TWO ACC TITLES: Freshman Emily Carrig had an outstanding weekend at the ACC Championship and came away with two conference titles and a school record, while also automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Carrig set the school record in the 200 yard butterfly, which she won in a time of 2:00.10. That time also advances her to NCAAs in the 200 fly. In the 500 yard freestyle, Carrig won the ACC title with a time of 4:47.52. She becomes only the third swimmer in school history to win conference titles in two individual events during her freshman year.

CARATELLI NAMED DIVER OF THE YEAR: Freshman Katie Caratelli was selected as the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference Diver of the Year after two tremendous performances during the ACC Championship. Caratelli won the three meter competition with a score of 506.70, the fourth-highest total in meet history. She also finished in second place on the one meter board with a score of 403.15. Caratelli will now move on to the NCAA Zone B Diving Championship, which will be held at Auburn, Ala., from Mar. 13-15. She needs to finish in the top nine in the zone meet to move on to the NCAA Championship.

CRONK CONTINUES STRONG FIRST YEAR: Freshman Rebecca Cronk continued an outstanding freshman season at the ACC Championship by finishing second in two events and also automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Cronk placed second in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.43 and in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 50.31. She will move on to NCAAs in the 50 free, after swimming a time of 23.12 as the lead-off leg of the UVa 200 yard freestyle relay team.

RELAYS COME UP BIG: Two Virginia relay teams claimed ACC titles this past weekend. The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Cronk, Carrig, Emily Trakas and Meghan McCubbins won its event with a time of 3:21.86. The 800 yard freestyle relay team of Cronk, Trakas, Sharon Reidlinger and Carrig also won the ACC title with a meet-record time of 7:21.13. In addition, the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Cronk, Julie Gehm, Trakas and McCubbins set a school record with a time of 1:33.30.

SPLASHES: The Cavaliers had one other ACC Champion this past weekend, as freshman Sharon Reidlinger won the 1650 yard freestyle with a time of 16:40.00 ... Virginia's 200, 400 and 800 yard freestyle relay teams all have good chances of advancing to the NCAA Championship. All three teams are made up of entirely freshmen ... At the ACC Championship, 481.5 of Virginia's 658.5 points were scored by freshmen.