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Swimming & Diving

March 1, 1999

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University ofMiami swimming & diving teams had outstanding performances at the 1999BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship, Feb. 25-27, at the GoodwillGames Aquatic Center in Uniondale, NY.

UM divers walked away with top honors afterthe final day of competition on Feb. 28. All-American diver JennyKeim was named the most outstanding women?s diver and 1998 NCAA Diver ofthey Year Rio Ramirez was named the men?s most outstanding diver.Head Men?s and Women?s Diving Coach Randy Ableman was named the 1998-99men?s diving coach of the year; marking the second straight year he receivedthe honor.

The women?s swimming team, who finished third(517) behind Notre Dame (790.5) and Villanova (613), broke five Hurricanerecords. Senior All-American Rhiannon Leier broke her old recordof 1:02.69 in the 100 breast (1:02.46) and freshman Christy Cech broke13-year records in the 50 (22.96) and 100 free (20.22). Records inthe women?s 200 free (1:34.10), 200 medley (1:45.81) and 400 medley (3:26.17)relays were also broken.

In addition, six Hurricanes (Cech, junior JulieKemp, Leier, junior All-American Amy Lindblom and Kemp) all qualified tocompete in the NCAA?s March 18-20. Miami hasn?t sent this many tothe NCAA?s in 10 years.