March 26, 2004
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – University of Virginia swimmers Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) and Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) finished 11th and 14th,respectively, in the preliminaries of the 400-meter individual medley Friday (March 26) at the 2004 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. Both men advance to the consolation final held tonight. In the 100-meter breaststroke, first-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split) also advanced to tonight’s consolation finals.
Crippen, a second-year, swam a time of 4:14.37 to finish 11th in the prelims of the 400-meter individual medley, qualifying him to swim in tonight’s consolation final. Third-year Bo Greenwood, who holds the school and Atlantic Coast Conference record in the 400 I.M. (3:44.99), also advanced to tonight’s consolation final with a 14th-place time of 4:15.19.
In the 100-meter breaststroke, first-year Vanja Rogulj touched in at 1:00.44 to finish 10th and advance to the consolation finals in the event. Rogulj also swam the breaststroke leg on the Cavaliers’ 200-meter medley relay. Fourth-year Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit), third-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), and fourth-year Adam Kerpelman (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul’s School) teamed up with Rogulj to register a time of 1:39.47 and finish 18th.
Raab, who was seeded 30th in the 100-meter butterfly, swam a time of 53.58 to finish 22nd. In the 100-meter backstroke, Wagner finished 22nd in a time of 53.90.
Fourth-year Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) clocked a time of 1:48.32 in the 200-meter freestyle, which put him in 25th place. First-years John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) and Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) also swam the 200-meter free. Millen finished 39th with a time of 1:49.45, and Hirniak was 49th (1:50.24).
The second of three final sessions for the 2004 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s preliminary events begin at 12 noon.