Feb. 28, 1997

Virginia Fourth at ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

UVa's Doak Finch Wins 400-Individual Medley

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of Virginia freshman Doak Finch won the 400-individual medley and the Virginia team remained in fourth place after the second day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Friday (Feb. 28) at the University of North Carolina's Koury Natatorium.

North Carolina leads the team competition with 520.5 points and Florida State is second with 441 points. North Carolina State is third (386.5) followed by Virginia (339), Clemson (220), Maryland (186), Duke (111) and Georgia Tech (110).

Finch won the 400-individual medley in a time of 3:50.57. UVa sophomore Casey Hughes was sixth (3:57.65) and junior Brian Hicks seventh (3:57.69) in the event.

Junior Jason Webb was second for the Cavaliers in the 100-backstroke (49.11). Sophomore Shamek Pietucha finished fifth in the 100-backstroke (50.53) and fourth in the 100-butterfly (48.49).

Among the other top finishers for the Cavaliers were freshman Austin Ramirez with a fifth place finish in the 200-freestyle (1:39.55), junior D.J. Gallagher with a sixth place finish in the 100-breaststroke (55.97), and junior Graeme Leiser with an eighth place finish in the 100-backstroke (51.46).

Virginia's 800-freestyle relay team of sophomore Mike Renshaw, Webb, Finch and Ramirez finished fourth with a time of 6:38.97.

The ACC Championships conclude on Saturday (March 1).