Nov. 2, 1997

Virginia Swimming and Diving Split with Clemson

Men Win; Women Fall; Virginia Sweeps Diving Titles

CLEMSON, S.C.-- Virginia divers swept the competition today in the seaon openers for the men's and women's swimming meets held today in Clemson, S.C. Virginia's Andy Cunningham (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier) won both the one-meter and three-meter events, helping the Cavaliers to the 148-83 victory over the Tigers. The Cavaliers' Laramie Hill (Clifton, Va.) also won b oth the one-meter and the three-meter events, but it was not enough as the Cavaliers fell to Clemson 144.5-98.5.

On the men's side,two Cavaliers won two events each to help pace the Cavalier attack. Senior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) won both the 200 Free and the 200-meter backstroke while sophomore Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central) was a winner in both the 500-meter and the 1000-meter freestyle events. Ramirez led 1-2-3 finishes in both the 500 and 1000-meter freestyle races as freshmen Michael Fuller (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) and James Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) finished second and third, respectively, in both events. Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O'Neal School) also led a 1-2-3sweep, this time in the 200 individual medley. His time of 1:54.24 was just ahead of fellow Cavaliers Casey Hughes (Richmond, Va./Midlothian) and Brian Hicks (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge). D.J. Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) was also a winner for the Cavaliers as he took first in the 200-meter breaststroke. Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta/St. Laurent) helped the Cavaliers sweep the 200-meter events with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly. The Cavaliers' 400-meter medley was also victorious in the match.

Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was the only winner in the swimming events today on the women's side as she captured the 200-meter butterfly event just ahead of teammate Valerie Zammitti (Paramus, N.J./Paramus).

With the win, the men improved to 1-0 on the season (1-0 ACC) while the women fell to 0-1 and 0-1 in the ACC.

Both the women and the men will host Pittsburgh next weekend, November 9. The meet against the Panthers is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon.