Mar. 18, 1997

Seven Virginia Swimmers to Compete in NCAA Women's Championships

All Qualifiers Are Freshmen

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Seven University of Virginia swimmers, all of them freshmen, are scheduled to compete in the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this week (March 20-22) in Indianapolis, Ind.

The swimmers include Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va.), Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va.), Kori Forster (New Orleans, La.), Julie Gehm (Richmond, Va.), Meg McCubbins (Richmond, Va.), Sharon Riedlinger (Laurel, Md.) and Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va.).

Trakas is scheduled to compete in three individual events and three relays. Trakas' individual events are the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. She will also be a member of Virginia's 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams.

Carrig and McCubbins will each compete in three individual events and two relays. Carrig's individual events are the 200 and 500 freestyle, and the 200 butterfly. She will also compete in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays. McCubbins' individual events are the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly. She will also compete on the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Cronk is scheduled to compete in two individual events (50 and 100 freestyle) and the three freestyle relays, Riedlinger in two individual events (500 and 1650 freestyle) and one relay (800 freestyle), and Forster in two individual events (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly). Gehm is scheduled to compete in one individual event (50 freestyle) and one relay (200 freestyle).

Carrig won two individual championships at the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference Meet last month. She won the 200 butterfly in a school-record time of 2:00.10 and also won the 500 freestyle (4:47.52). Carrig is just the third swimmer in school history to win conference titles in two individual events as a freshman.

Riedlinger won the 1650 freestyle (16:40) at the ACC Meet, and the Cavaliers 400 and 800 freestyle relays also won at the conference meet.

"I think we felt going into this season that we had a special class of first-year women, but I didn't imagine that we'd see seven of them reach this level of success this early in their careers," Bernardino said. "It obviously speaks well for the future of the program, but I think we need to take one step at a time. This will be a first experience for all of these women at a meet of this magnitude. They handled the pressure of the Atlantic Coast Conference Meet with a lot of poise and confidence, and they swam extremely well. Now we'll see how well they can step up and handle the pressure of the national championship meet."

The Virginia women's swimming and diving team finished the dual meet season with an overall record of 8-2 and the Cavaliers finished third at the ACC Meet.