Aug. 28, 1997

Virginia's Shamek Pietucha Wins Bronze Medal at World University Games

Cavalier Swimmer Ties for Third in 200-Meter Breaststroke

MESSINA, Italy - University of Virginia junior Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta) won a bronze medal in the 200 meter butterfly at the World University Games. Representing Canada, Pietucha swam a time of 2:00.66 to tie for third place in the event. He is the first UVa athlete to medal at the World University Games.

Denis Silantev of the Ukraine won the 200 fly in a time of 1:59.67, while Jeffrey Julian of USC took home the silver medal with a time of 2:00.49. Pietucha tied for third with Andrew Livingston of UNLV, who also swam a time of 2:00.66.

Another UVa swimmer also turned in an excellent performance, as sophomore Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wis.) placed fourth in the 800 meter freestyle in a time of 8:08.87. Igor Snitko of the Ukraine won the event in a time of 8:05.13, while Luiz Eduardo Lima of Brazil placed second (8:06.26) and Marco Formentini of Italy finished third (8:06.37).

Both Pietucha and Ramirez will continue to compete at the World University Games for the remainder of the week. Pietucha will race in the 100 meter butterfly on Friday and the 200 meter backstroke on Saturday, while Ramirez is scheduled to take part in the 400 meter freestyle on Friday and the 1,500 meter freestyle on Saturday.