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Nov. 22, 2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team won five events during the second day of competition Saturday (November 22) at the Texas A&M Fall Invitational, which is being held at the Student Rec Center Natatorium. The 11th-ranked UVa men stand in third place after 14 events, while the 17th-ranked Cavalier women are in sixth place.

The Cavaliers have scored 1,400 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 1749.5 points, while 23rd-ranked Florida State is second with 1,592.5 points. SMU is fourth with 930 points.

The UVa women have totaled 589 points through 14 events and are in sixth place. Eleventh-ranked UCLA leads the women’s meet with 1,413 points, while 17th-ranked Texas A&M is second with 1,155. With 1016 points, eighth-ranked SMU is third, followed by 20th-ranked Florida State in fourth place with 915 points and Purdue in fifth (907 points). UVa is sixth with 589 points, while 19th-ranked Notre Dame is seventh with 483 points.

The Cavalier men won four of five individual swimming events and also won the 800-meter freestyle relay during Saturday’s finals. Third-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) led a one-two UVa finish in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:17.31. Second-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) was runner-up to Greenwood in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:18.50. Third-year Scott DeMarco (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) and fourth-year Andrew Pickett (Satellite Beach, Fla./Satellite) also finished in the top eight of the 400 I.M. DeMarco was fifth in 4:31.19, while Pickett placed eighth (4:38.62). Crippen won the 200-meter freestyle as he touched in 1:50.82 and also helped the Cavaliers win the 800-meter free relay. The foursome of Crippen, first-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day), fourth-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena), and fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) posted a winning time of 7:22.15.

In the 100-meter butterfly, third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) was victorious as he clocked a time of 54.15. Fourth-year Jon Haag (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) took the eighth spot in the 100 fly in 56.16. First-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split) rounded out the Cavaliers’ individual event winners, grabbing the top spot in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:01.25. In the 100-meter backstroke, Wagner was second with a time of 55.12, while Haag placed fourth (56.58).

UVa placed two relays in the top eight of the 200-meter medley relay. The foursome of Wagner, Rogulj, Raab and fourth-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) combined for a third-place time of 1:41.44. Haag, Pickett, third-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta), and second-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) posted a time of 1:45.34 to finish eighth. In addition to winning the 800 free relay, UVa also had a team place fifth. First-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview), Raab, Greenwood and Kerpelman combined to post a time of 7:37.95.

In the women’s competition, Virginia had a pair of swimmers finish in the top eight of the 400-meter individual medley. Second-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) was third with a time of 4:47.98, while fourth-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) placed fourth in a time of 4:48.18. In the 100-meter breaststroke, first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) turned in a sixth-place time of 1:11.83. The Cavaliers also finished fourth in the 800-meter freestyle relay in 8:16.59. Second-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel), Gordon, first-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) and third-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) each swam legs on the relay.

The Texas A&M Fall Invitational concludes Sunday (November 23).

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