Mar. 2, 1997

UVA Finishes Fourth At ACC Men's Championships

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of Virginia freshman Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wisc.) won the 1650-freestyle on Saturday (March 1) to help the Cavaliers to a fourth place finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of North Carolina's Koury Natatorium.

Ramirez won the 1650-freestyle in a time of 15:12.15. It was his second individual championship of the meet. He won the 500-freestyle (4:22.31) on Thursday (Feb. 27) and also had a fifth place finish in the 200-freestyle (1:39.55) on Friday (Feb. 28).

North Carolina won the team championship for the fifth consecutive year and the eighth time in the last 10 years. The Tar Heels compiled 784.5 points to 660.5 points for second place Florida State. North Carolina State was third with 620 points and Virginia finished fourth with 504 points. Clemson was fifth with 345 points followed by Maryland (257), Duke (158) and Georgia Tech (147).

Other top performers for Virginia during the meet were freshman Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.), junior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta).

Finch won the 400-individual medley (3:50.57), finished third in the 200-butterfly (1:45.43) and was fifth in the 200-individual medley (1:49.43).

Webb finished second in both the 100-backstroke (49.11) and the 200-backstroke (1:43.98), and eighth in the 200-individual medley (1:50.43).

Pietucha finished second in the 200-butterfly (1:44.91), was fourth in the 100-butterfly (48.49) and finished fifth in the 100-backstroke (50.53).

Virginia's 400-medley relay team of senior Tom Woodworth (Waynesboro, Va.), junior D.J. Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y.), Webb and Pietucha finished second in a time of 3:15.10.