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Jan. 23, 1998

Virginia Swimming and Diving Signs Four Student Athletes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- University of Virginia head swimming and diving coach Mark Bernardino announced today that four student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend UVa at the beginning of the 1998-99 school year. The swimmers are Caitlin Anderson (Charlottesville, Va.); Kate Bergquist (Jacksonville, Fla.); Kristen Roorbach (New Canaan, Conn.) and Christopher Mousetis (Newport News, Va.).

"We are excited and looking forward to these young swimmers joining the Cavalier team," said Bernardino who is in his 20th season as Virginia's head coach. "We feel that all four of the swimmers could potentially be NCAA Qualifiers. Anderson is a talented and extremely dedicated athlete who clearly has her best swimming ahead of her. We have a pending void in the backstroke and we feel as though Roorbach will fill that need. She will be a major competitor as a freshman. Bergquist is a strong" team player and is going to be one of the finest collegiate swimmers. She will be a critical component to the free relays and medley relays and could be an ACC Champion," commented Bernardino.

"The men's team will gain Mousetis and we feel that he has the potential to be an immediate impact in the medleys and backstroke. We're expecting him to be a NCAA Qualifier. We're happy that each of them decided to swim for us," said Bernardino.

Anderson competes in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke for coach J.J. Beam on the YMCA team and attends St. Anne's-Belfield. The honor student finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke at the U.S. Open this past December (1:12.8). Marking her first international competition .

Bergquist competes in the 100 free and the 200 free for coach Greg Troy at The Bolles School. The High School All-American is also the National record holder in the 4x100 free relay (50.7). Bergquist is also a three-time state champion in the 100 and! a two-time champion in the 200. She is a four-time letter winner and was voted 1996 Swimmer of the Year by the Florida Times Union.

Roorbach competes in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke for coach Geoff Monger at New Canaan H.S. The Honor Roll student is the team captain and was a member of the 1997 Junior National Team. Roorbach is also a National Qualifier and a YMCA National Champion in the 200 backstroke (2:00.22).

Mousetis competes in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 individual medley for his club team coached by Steve Parker and he attends Woodside H.S. Mousetis was voted the 1997 VA Swimmer of the Year by Virginia Swimming. The National Honor Society member was the Junior National Champion in 1997 in the 200 backstroke (1:47.63). He is a two-time team captain and a four-time letter winner.

The Cavaliers are currently 5-0 (Men) and 4-1(Women). They will compete against ACC rival UNC this Saturday at Chapel Hill.


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