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Nov. 21, 2003


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The nationally-ranked Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving program began competition in the three-day Texas A&M Fall Invitational Friday (November 21) at the Texas A&M Natatorium with several Cavaliers turning in outstanding performances. The 11th-ranked UVa men stand in third place after six events, while the 17th-ranked Cavalier women are in sixth place.

The Cavaliers have scored 643 points and stand in third place in the four-team men’s competition. Host and 13th-ranked Texas A&M leads the men’s competition with 766.5 points, while 23rd-ranked Florida State is second with 718.5 points. SMU is fourth with 428 points.

The UVa women have totaled 250 points through six events and are in sixth place. Eleventh-ranked UCLA leads the women’s meet with 619 points, while 17th-ranked Texas A&M is second with 510. With 467 points, eighth-ranked SMU is third, followed by Purdue in fourth place with 421 points and 20th-ranked Florida State in fifth (417 points). UVa is sixth with 250 points, while 19th-ranked Notre Dame is seventh with 217 points.

Second-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) was the lone Cavalier to win an event as grabbed the top spot in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:47.13. Fourth-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) was runner-up to Crippen in the 400-meter free with a time of 3:54.10. Third-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) and first-year John Millen Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) placed fifth and seventh in the 400 free with times of 3:55.92 and 3:56.57, respectively.

Greenwood and Crippen also finished second and third, respectively in the 200-meter individual medley. Greenwood clocked a runner-up time of 2:02.76, just four hundredths of a second off the winning time, while Crippen was third in 2:03.32. Fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) placed sixth in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:05.39. In the 50-meter freestyle, fourth-years Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) were sixth and eighth, respectively. Haag posted a time of 23.11, while Kerpelman touched in 23.60. Fourth-year Pete Amstutz (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph) was eighth in the one-meter diving competition with 240.70 points.

The Cavaliers opened the meet by taking fifth place in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:33.53. Kerpelman, Haag, Wagner, and second-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) each swam on the relay. In the final event of the evening, the 400-meter medley relay, UVa’s foursome of Wagner, first-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split), third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) and Kerpelman placed second with a time of 3:42.19.

In the women’s competition, first-year Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) was Virginia’s top finisher with a fourth-place performance in the 400-meter freestyle. Kelly touched in a time of 4:12.64, while second-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) was seventh in the same event with a time of 4:17.49.

The Cavaliers also placed fifth in the 400-meter medley relay with a time of 4:15.77. Second-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), fourth-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon), and first-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) swam legs on the fifth place relay.

The Texas A&M Fall Invitational continues Saturday (November 22). Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. Central Time with finals commencing at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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