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March 25, 2004

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – University of Virginia second-year swimmer Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle Thursday (March 25) at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center to advance to tonight’s consolation final. Crippen will be joined by fourth-year teammate Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) who finished 14th in the preliminaries of the 400-meter free. The Cavaliers will also swim in the consolation final of the 400 medley relay.

Crippen clocked a time of 3:46.19 to finish 10th in the prelims of the 400-meter free and advanced to tonight’s consolation final. Prichard, who holds the school record in the 500 free (4:16.32), placed 14th in the prelims with a time of 3:46.89 to advance to tonight’s session. First-years John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) and Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) touched in at 3:49.03 and 3:50.58 to finish19th and 28th, respectively.

In the 400-meter medley relay, the team of fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit), third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), first-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split), and fourth-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) finished ninth in a time of 3:35.04. The Virginia relay was previously seeded 14th in this event and earned a spot to compete in tonight’s consolation finals. The foursome of Kerpelman, Wagner, Rogulj, and Raab also finished 18th in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

In the 200-meter individual medley, second-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) placed 27th with a time of 2:00.90. Kerpelman swam in the 50-meter freestyle and finished 44th with a time of 22.81.

The first of three final sessions for the 2003 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. Friday’s preliminary events begin at 12 noon.

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