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Jan. 31, 1998

Virginia Swimming Teams Dominate Villanova

Men's Results       Women's Results           
Virginia    121     Virginia    120
Villanova    98     Villanova   103

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia men's and women's swimming teams soundly defeated Villanova in dual-meet action at the UVa Aquatic & Fitness Center. Junior Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta), freshman Andy Cunnngham (Louisville, Ky.), and sophomore Megan McCubbins (Richmond, Va.) each won two events to lead the men's and women's teams to victory over the Wildcats. On the men's side, Virginia took first place in 12 out of 13 events in the 121-98 victory while the women's squad won 9 out of 13 events in their 120-103 triumph. The Cavalier men's record is now 6-1, while the women's team improves to 5-2.

For the men, Pietucha placed first in both the 200 yard freestyle (1:41.04) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:46.73) while Cunningham took first in both the one meter and three meter diving events with scores of 243.53 and 219.975, respectively. Other event winners for Virginia included senior Brian Hicks (Woodbridge, Va.) in the 100 yard freestyle (9:35.19), sophomore Jimmy Blitzer (Springfield, Va.) in the 50 yard freestyle (21.44), sophomore Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.) in the 200 yard individual medley (1:52.200), freshman Michael Fuller (Richmond, Va.) in the 200 yard butterfly (1:52.23), senior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the 500 yard freestyle (4:37.34) and junior D.J. Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y.) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:08.33). The men's team also won the 400 yard medley and the 200 yard freestyle relays.

For the women, McCubbins took first in both the 50 yard freestyle (23.50) and 100 yard freestyle (51.41). Other event winners for the Cavaliers included sophomore Kori Forster (New Orleans, La.) in the 200 yard individual medley (2:07.77), sophomore Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va.) in the 200 yard butterfly (2:06.42), and sophomore Lindsey Schubert (Fresno, Calif.) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:20.22). In addition, freshman Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer, Wis.) won the one meter diving (245.50) and senior Jennifer Stewart (Baltimore, Md.) placed first in the three meter diving (235.35) as the UVa women's divers swept the top four spots in both events for the second week in a row

The UVa swimming and diving teams will be back in action next Saturday, February 7 against ACC rivals Maryland and Duke in tri-meet action at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center


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