Jan. 17, 1998

Virginia Swimming Teams Conquer North Carolina State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Virginia men's and women's swimming teams defeated North Carolina State in dual-meet action at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. Sophomore Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wis.) won two events to lead the men's team to a 125-116 victory, while the women won 152-89. The Cavalier men remain undefeated with a 5-0 (2-0 ACC) record, and the women's team improves to 4-1 (1-1 ACC).

For the men, Ramirez placed first in the 1650 yard freestyle (15:36.31) and the 500 yard freestyle (4:35.03). Other event winners for Virginia included junior Mike Renshaw (Jacksonville, Fla.), who finished first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:43.30), sophomore Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.) in the 400 yard IM (4:01.90), junior Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta) in the 200 yard butterfly (1:48.14), and senior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the 200 yard backstroke (1:47.98). Although the men's competition was tied before the final event of the day, the 200 yard freestyle relay, the Virginia men came from behind in the last leg of the relay to win the relay and the meet for Virginia (1:24.97). In addition, the Virginia men won nine of the thirteen events, including both relays.

The UVa women also won both of their relays. They lost only one freestyle event during the meet (the 1650 freestyle) and dominated the five other freestyle events with wins by sophomore Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va.) in the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.36), sophomore Meg McCubbins (Richmond, Va.) in the 50 yard freestyle (23.80), sophomore Emily Trakass (Herndon, Va.) in the 100 freestyle (52.13), and sophomore Laura Sullivan (Sarasota, Fla.) in the 500 freestyle (5:03.29). Other event winners for the Cavs included freshman Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del.) in the 200 yard backstroke (2:07.09) and freshman Laramie Hill (Clifton, Va.) in the three meter diving competition (261.53). Although the women's team only won eight of the thirteen events, they destroyed N.C. State in points by sweeping the top three spots in the 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, and 500 yard freestyle, and by taking yet a fourth spot in the 200 yard backstroke.

On the N.C. State side, Phil Hardin won both the 50 yard freestyle (21.10) and the 100 yard freestyle (46.09). Andy Johnson won both the one meter (254.18) and three meter (273.53) diving competitions. NC State's women's record falls to 2-5 (1-3 ACC) and the men's record drops to 3-4 (1-3 ACC).

The UVa swimming and diving teams will be traveling to Chapel Hill next Saturday to take on another ACC and North Carolina foe, the University of North Carolina.

Men's Results               Women's Results
Virginia           125      Virginia    152
North Carolina St. 116      North Carolina St. 89