No. 15 Women's Swimming Defeats Pittsburgh, 166-77
Jan. 17, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's swimming and diving team, ranked No. 15 in the nation by the CSCAA, won 12 out of 13 events and cruised to a 166-77 victory over the University of Pittsburgh Friday night in College Park. The men's squad fell to No. 18 Pittsburgh, 86-157.
The meet was the last home contest of the season for both teams, and the Terrapin women remained undefeated and improved to 10-0 on the year, while the men slipped to 3-4 for the season.
Senior Shandra Johnson (Omaha, Neb.), swimming in her final meet at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium, won both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events with NCAA-B standard times of 50.51 and 1:48.77, respectively.
Other multiple event winners for the women were freshman Inbal Levavi (Ichud, Israel) in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.78) and the 200-yard IM (2:03.54), sophomore Elizabeth Lavell (Annapolis, Md.) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.08) and the 1000-yard freestyle (9:58.61) and sophomore Rebecca Rudolph (Marietta, Ga.) on the 1-meter diving board (277.57) and the 3-meter diving board (302.47).
Sophomore Cynthia Weir (Irwin, Pa.) sprinted to a victory in the 50-yard freestyle (23.86) and freshman Krisztina Kovacs came away with a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.59). The Terrapin women also earned victories in the 400-yard freestyle and medley relays.
Seniors Jillian Martin (Orlando, Fla.), Bridget Mallon (Arlington, Va.) and Libby Walsh (Martinez, Ga.), along with Johnson, were honored before the meet in a salute to the successful careers they have had at Maryland.
The men's team had three individual victories over the Panthers. Sophomore Brad Schertle (Baltimore, Md.) won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:20.56 and sophomore Erik Weinberg (Phoenix, Md.) broke his own school record en route to a victory in the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.58). Junior diver Steven Vigilante (Plano, Texas) won the 3-meter diving board for the Terps with 318.82 points.
Seniors Mark Baxter (Charlotte, N.C.), Brian Luoma (New Castle, Del.) and Chris Roddy (Silver Spring, Md.) swam in the final home meet of their careers for the Terrapins and were honored before the competition.
Both teams return to the pool on Jan. 31 when they travel to Durham, N.C. to take on the Duke Blue Devils. That meet, the Terps' first ACC road contest, is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.