Feb. 7, 1998
Virginia Swimming Sweeps Duke and Maryland
Meghan McCubbings Breaks School Record in 50 Free
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia men's and women's swimming teams convincingly defeated ACC rivals Maryland and Duke in tri-meet action at the UVa Aquatic & Fitness Center. Senior Jason Webb (Philadelphia, Pa.) and sophomore Meghan McCubbins (Richmond, Va.) each won two events to lead the men's and women's teams to victories over the Terrapins and the Blue Devils. McCubbins also set a school record in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.01 seconds. Both UVa's men's and women's teams took first place in 11 out of 13 events. The UVa men outscored Maryland by a margin of 130-102 and Duke by a score of 135 to 61. The UVa women earned victories over Maryland and Duke by gaps of 126-101 and 132-90, respectively. The Cavalier men's now stand 7-1 (4-1 ACC), while the women's team improves to 5-2 (3-2 ACC).
For the Virginia men, Webb placed first in both the 200 yard individual medley (1:52:07) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:45.76) Other individual event winners for Virginia included freshman Michael Fuller (Richmond, Va.) in the 1000 yard freestyle (9:19.90), junior Shamek Pietucha (Edmonton, Alberta) in the 200 yard freestyle (1:39.65), sophomore Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C.) in the 200 yard butterfly (1:49.58), sophomore Jimmy Blitzer (Springfield, Va.) in the 100 yard freestyle (46.18), sophomore Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wis.) in the 500 yard freestyle (4:32.50), and junior D.J. Gallagher (Manhasset, N.Y.) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:04.28). The men's team also won the 400 yard medley relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay. Also, the men's team swept the top three spots in both the 500 yard freestyle and the 1000 and freestyle.
Besides McCubbins' record setting victory in the 50 yard freestyle, she also took first in the 100 yard freestyle with the team's season best time of 50.38 seconds. Other event winners for the Cavalier women included sophomore Sharon Riedlinger (Laurel, Md.) in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:20.53), 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 (2:03.87), sophomore Laura Sullivan (Sarasota, Fla.) in the 500 yard freestyle (4:57.20) and sophomore Lindsey Schubert (Fresno, Calif.) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:18.68). In addition, sophomore Katie Caratelli (Westlake, Ohio) won both the one meter diving (379.75) and three meter diving (446.65) events. Also, Caratelli and fellow diver Ashley Smith (Charlottesville, Va.) both met NCAA qualifying requirements.
For the Maryland women, Kim Piotro (Mesa, Ariz.) took first place in the 200 yard freestyle (1:50.06) and placed second in the 100 yard freestyle (50.89). On the men's side, Aaron Peterson (Fredericksburg, Va.) won the 50 yard freestyle (20.70) and finished second in the 100 yard freestyle (46.22). The Maryland men's team defeated Duke by a margin of 192-32 while the women's team beat the Blue Devils 180-58.
The UVa swimming and diving teams will be back in action for the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The women's competition will be held from February 18-21 while the men's competition will be take place from February 25-28.
Virginia 130 Virginia 135 Maryland 192
Maryland 102 Duke 61 Duke 32
Virginia 126 Virginia 132 Maryland 180
Maryland 101 Duke 90 Duke 58