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Virginia Extends Lead at ACC Championships

Feb 26, 2000

Courtesy: University of Virginia
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The ninth-ranked Virginia men's swimming and diving team continued its dominant performance in the second night of competition of the 2000 ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship by winning five of seven finals at Maurice J. Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina. In the two events the Cavaliers did not win, they captured runnerup honors.

After 13 of 20 events, Virginia leads the 47th annual ACC Championship with 520 points. The Cavaliers are 102.5 points ahead of second place North Carolina (417.50). Florida State and N.C. State are battling for third place with the Seminoles holding a 338.50-311 edge. Maryland (269), Georgia Tech (184), Clemson (183), and Duke (94) round out the field.

Fourth-year Doak Finch (Southern Pines, N.C./O'Neal) was successful in his bid to become the 14th individual win four successive ACC titles in the same event as he won the 400 individual medley with a personal-best time of 3:49.60. It is the second fastest 400 IM time in UVa school history and missed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard by only 12 hundredths of a second. Finch qualified for the finals by winning the prelims in a time of 3:50.81. First-year Guy Yimsomruay (Bangkok, Thailand/Germantown) placed third in the 400 IM finals with a time of 3:53.16.

Fourth-year Austin Ramirez (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield) won his second individual ACC title of the 2000 meet by winning the 200 freestyle in a personal-best 1:37.12. Third-year Troy Johnson (St. George, Utah/Dixie) finished right behind Ramirez in second place with a career best time of 1:37.49. In the 100 breaststroke, second-year Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Burke) won with a time of 52.82 after setting the conference, ACC Meet and school records in the prelims (52.60). First-year Jonathan Baird (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) placed fifth with a time of 55.83. The fifth individual event winner for the 'Hoos Friday evening was fourth-year Jared Felker (Yarmouth, Maine/Mercersburg Academy) in the 100 butterfly. Felker, who won the prelims in 48.52, bettered that mark with a winning effort of 48.41 in the final. The Cavaliers also took the fifth and sixth spots in the 100 fly. First-year Evan Taylor (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah) was fifth (48.68) and second-year Matt Lee (Munster, Ind./Munster) took sixth place (48.96).

Virginia's fifth win of the evening came in the 800 free relay as the Cavaliers posted a winning time of 6:33.95. The Cavaliers won the event by more than four seconds over UNC in posting an NCAA "B" qualifying time. Finch, first-year Chris Mousetis (Newport News, Va./Woodside), Johnson and Ramirez swam legs on the relay that recorded the second fastest 800 free relay time in school history. UVa also came in second in the 200 medley relay in a school record time of 1:28.16. Mousetis, Moses, Finch and Felker comprised the record-setting 200 medley relay. In addition to swimming on the two relays, Mousetis also finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.13.