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Feb. 1, 1997

Virginia Swimming And Diving Teams Sweep Villanova

Men Win 105-61 and Women are Victorious 147-86

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Virginia swimmers captured 13 of the first 14 events in dual meet action on Saturday (Feb. 1) en route to wins at Villanova. Brian Hicks (Woodbridge, Va.) turned in his best times of the season in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events to lead the men's team to a 105-61 victory. Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va.), Meghan McCubbins (Richmond, Va.) and Valerie Zammitti (Paramus, N.J.) each won an individual event and swam a leg on a winning relay as Virginia's women's squad downed Villanova 147-86. Virginia divers Kyle McDuffie (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Kathryn Caratelli (Westlake, Ohio) swept the one and three-meter diving events to secure the victories.

Hicks knocked just over five seconds off his previous season's best time in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing in 9:29.36. His victory in the 500-yard freestyle came in 4:40.75, besting his previous low time by just over one second. Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) captured first place in the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.04) and swam the opening leg of the Cavaliers' victorious 400-yard medley relay to cap off a return to his home area. Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.) and Douglas Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y.) joined Webb and Derek Smiley on the 400-yard medley relay team, and each won first place in an individual event. Finch placed first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.84, while Gallagher won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:05.29. McDuffie tallied 235.05 points in the one-meter dive and 255.75 in the three-meter competition, taking home first place in both events. Austin Ramirez collected first place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.52), Jimmy Blitzer took the 50-yard freestyle (21.72) and Shamek Pietucha won the 200-yard individual medley to round out the day for the Cavaliers.

Cronk and McCubbins were members of Virginia's winning 200-yard freestyle relay, and Zammitti swam a leg of the victorious 400-yard medley relay. With a time of 1:53.78 in the 200-yard freestyle, Cronk knocked a tenth of a second off her previous best mark en route to victory. McCubbins won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.36 seconds while Zammitti took home first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.20. Caratelli won first place honors with scores of 257.78 in the one-meter dive and 290.17 in the three-meter competition. Also victorious for the Cavaliers were Sharon Riedlinger who captured the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:13.02 and Laura Sullivan, winner of the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.38).

The Cavaliers return to Atlantic Coast Conference action in their next dual meet on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the University of Maryland.


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