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Swimming & Diving

February 25, 1999

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -The University of Miami women’s swimming and divingteam is in second place (185 points) after the first day of competitionat the 1999 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships at the GoodwillGames Aquatic Center in Uniondale, NY. The ‘Canes are 89 points behindfirst place Notre Dame. The Hurricane men are in fifth place (104points).

The women had strong performances overall during the first dayof competition. All-American Amy Lindblom (2:03.63) and junior JenniferWeir (2:05.43) captured first and second places respectively in the 200IM. Lindblom also finished fourth in the 500 free (4:50.35).Freshman Christy Cech placed second in the 50 free setting a new Hurricanerecord with a time of 22.96.

Other top finishers for the women include junior Julie Kemp,who finished fifth in the 500 free (4:54.19), and diving All-AmericansJenny Keim, who captured second place (523.60), and Janel Benda, who finishedfourth (462.95), in the 3-meter diving competition. Miami also receivedthird place finishes in the women’s 200 free and 400 medley relays (3:47.73).

In men’s action, Miami’s diving trio of 1998 NCAA Diverof the Year Rio Ramirez (664.05), and freshmen Imre Lengyel (609.45) andStefan Ahrens (577.00) swept the top three spots respectively in the men’s3-meter diving competition. The men’s 400 medley relay team finishedsixth with a time of 3:25.74.

Competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with prelims in the400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.