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Swimming & Diving

January 30, 1999

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Miami’s women’s swimming & diving teamtied #24 Texas A & M (184 points) but fell to #3 Arizona (278-105)and #10Texas (270.50-111.50) Saturday at the Texas Swimming & DivingQuadrangularInvitational in Austin, TX.

The Hurricane men lost to #2 Texas(317-72), #5Arizona (239-99) and #13 Texas A & M (279-83).

The Hurricane women overallhad solid performances and several topfive finishes. Senior All-American Rhiannon Leier placed secondin the 100breastroke (1:04.33) and freshman Christy Cech came in third placein the 50free (23.46) and fourth in the 100 free (51.51). Junior JulieKemp swam ina team high eight events placing in the top 8 of each, and juniorAll-American Amy Lindblom had season best times in the 500- (4:55.15)and1650 free ( 16:40.47); placing fourth in both. Miami also hadbest times inthe 400- (3:53.91) and 800-free relays (7:38.75).

In men’s action, seniorFrank Lichtenberger placed seventh in the100 breastroke (58.60) and sophomore Daniel Asencio placed eighth inthe 100backstroke (53.55). The men also had top ten finishes from freshmenScottGentles and Wesley Stoddard in the 1650 free.

In diving competition, UM’sAll-American diving tandem of JanelBenda and Jenny Keim placed third and fourth respectively in the women’s1-meter diving, while 1998 NCAA Diver of the Year Rio Ramirez and freshmanImre Lengyel claimed first and third respectively in the men’s 1-meterdiving. In the women’s 3-meter, Keim came in second place, whileBendaplaced third and in the men’s 3-meter diving, Lengyel placed secondandRamirez took third.

The swimming & divingteam returns to action on February 6 againstFlorida Atlantic in Boca Raton, and is scheduled to begin at noon.Saturdaywill mark the ‘Canes last swimming meet of the regular season beforetraveling to the BIG EAST Championships from February 25-27 in Uniondale,NY.

Prior to the conferencechampionships, the diving team will competeat the All Star Diving Invitational in Orlando, FL, from February 12-14.