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April 7, 1997

Virginia's Doak Finch Named ACC Men's Swimming Rookie of the Year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia freshman Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference men's swimming Rookie of the Year. Finch had an outstanding season in which he won an ACC title as well as All-America honors.

Finch was one of six UVa men's swimmers to advance to the 1997 NCAA Championship. He earned All-America distinction in the 200 yard butterfly, where he placed eighth in a time of 1:48.58. Finch also finished 28th in the 200 yard individual medley (3:56.93) and 37th in the 200 yard individual medley at NCAAs.

At this season's ACC Championship, Finch won title in the 400 individual medley in a time of 3:50.57. He also placed third at the ACC meet in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:45.43 and fifth in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:49.43.

Finch's time of 1:45.53 in the 200 butterfly at the ACC Championship ranks as the second fastest in school history. He also stands third all-time at UVa in the 400 individual medley (3:50.57 at ACCs) and fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:49.43 at ACCs).

The Virginia men's swimming team finished the 1996-97 season with an overall record of 5-6. The Cavaliers placed 20th at the NCAA Championship and fourth in the ACC Championship.

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