April 10, 1998
Both the men's and women's teams finished the season with 8-2 records in duel meet competition (2-2 in the ACC). This marks the third consecutive year that the men's team has posted a winning record and the fourth straight year the women have recorded a winning record. Each team raced out to 7-0 records and in the process.
MEN'S TEAM PLACES FOURTH AT ACC MEET
Maryland finished in fifth place out of eight teams at the men's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships with 359 points. That is their highest place finish since 1988. Defending champion North Carolina won their sixth consecutive title with 735 points.
WOMEN'S TEAM FINISHES FOURTH AT ACC MEET.
Maryland finished in fourth place out of seven teams with 391 points. That is their highest finish in the 20-year history of the ACC meet. Virginia won the team title with 818 points.
BURKE SWEEPS ACC TITLES IN DIVING, NAMED ALL-AMERICAN.
Freshman diver Kevin Burke (Cabin John, Md.) won both the one and three-meter diving competitions at the ACC meet. He won the one-meter event with 538.20 points and the three-meter title with 531.85 points. By completing the sweep, Burke was named the Most Valuable Diver of the meet. He becomes the first Maryland men's diver to win that award since Mike Noonan in 1991. In addition, Burke became the first Maryland men's swimmer or diver to win an ACC title since Geoff Wilcox won the 50-yard freestyle in 1994. Burke went on to the NCAA Championships, where he placed 16th in the three meter event (487.75 points). By placing 16th, Burke earned honorable metion All-America honors. He is the first Maryland swimmer or diver to earn such honors since April Tassi in 1991.
PIOTRO WINS 200-YARD FREESTYLE TITLE, ADVANCES TO NATIONALS
Junior Kim Piotro (Mesa, Ariz.) captured the women's 200-yard freestyle at the ACC Championships with a time of 1:48.45. In addition to setting the Terps' school record, Piotro became the first Maryland female to win an ACC title since Courtenay Carr back in 1988. With her time, Piotro advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 200-yard freestyle for the first time in her career. She placed 32nd at the NCAA meet (1:49.47).
GRAYSON, NOVOTNY QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Senior Scott Grayson (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and freshman Katy Novotny (Bel Air, Md.) each advanced to the NCAA Championships this season. Grayson advanced to nationals in the 100-yard breaststroke for the third consecutive year by placing third at the ACC meet (54.78). He placed 21st at nationals (55.20). Novotny earned her first trip to the NCAA meet in the 100-yard backstroke by placing third at the ACC meet (56.03). She placed 36th at the NCAA meet. (56.69).
A NEW ERA
The University of Maryland competed for the first time in the $40 million Campus Recreation Center Natatorium on January 31 against North Carolina. The new facility, which will be the Terps home pool from now on, ranks among one of the top facilities in the country. Tarheels coach Frank Comfort, whose team moved into their own facility a decade ago said, "Ours was the best pool built in the 1980s, but this (facility) is certainly one of the best in the 1990s."