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Swimming & Diving

January 3, 1998

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami’s men’s and women’sswimming and diving team opened the 1999 spring season with wins in a dualmeet against the University of Pennsylvania Sunday at the Whitten StudentUnion Pool on the UM campus.

The women 8-1, were led by junior All-American Amy Lindblom whocaptured first place finishes in the 500 (5:04.08) and 1000 free (10:53.55).Other first place winners include senior All-American Rhiannon Leier inthe 200 free (1:54.17); freshman Christine Cech in the 50 free (26.64);junior Jennifer Weir in the 200 IM (2:09.58); sophomore All-American JennyKeim in the 1-meter diving competition; senior Melissa Sessoms in the 200fly (2:09.80); freshman Vicky Schmaltz in the 100 free (55.44); and juniorSarah Sizemore in the 200 backstroke (2:14.57).

The men, 1-5, claimed their first victory of the 1998-99 seasonand were led by freshman Scott Gentles who finished first in three events.

The sophomore placed first in the 500 (4:50.7) and 1000 free (9:51.12),and 200 fly (1:59.50). Other top finishers for the Hurricanes includejunior All-American diver Rio Ramirez in the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions;senior Frank Lichtenberger in the 50 free (22.08) and 100 breast (2:14.81);and sophomore Dan Asencio in the 200 IM (2:01.78).

The diving team returns to action on January 7-10 when they travelto the Texas Diving Invitational in Austin, TX. The swimming teamwill host James Madison and Broward Community College at the IBIS Invitationalon January 9 at the Whitten Student Union Pool. The meet is scheduledto begin at 11:00 a.m.