Cavaliers Chasing Olympic Dreams
July 2, 2004
The University of Virginia Swimming & Diving team continues competition this summer at the Olympic Trials held in Long Beach, CA on July 7-14, 2004. Fourteen current team members, three alumni, and four incoming swimmers will represent Virginia at the U.S. trials. In addition, one team member is representing Croatia at the Olympics.
For the men, team members attending the meet are fourth years Luke Anderson, Bo Greenwood, and Michael Raab, third year Fran Crippen, and second years Stefan Hirniak, John Millen, and Vanja Rogulj. Recent 2004 graduates Luke Wagner, Adam Kerpelman, and Ed Moses will also compete to be members of the Olympic team.
Moses looks to qualify for his second Olympic Games. He made the Olympic team for the 2000 Games in Sydney. At the Olympic games, he took home the silver medal in the 100 Breaststroke and the gold as a member of the world-record setting 400 Medley Relay, the only medals a Virginia men’s swimmer has won at the Games.
Rogulj is a veteran Olympian as well. As in 2000, Rogulj will represent his country Croatia at the Games. Rogulj is the fifth male swimmer from Virginia to compete in the Olympics. The women have had three past Olympians and have brought home a gold and a bronze medal from the competition.
Burke, Crippen, Raab and Wagner are in the hunt for a slot on the Olympic team as well. They were members of the U.S. team for the 2003 Pan-American Games last summer and all four were First Team All-Americans at the 2004 NCCA Championships in March.
The meet features the top swimmers in the country who have surpassed the qualifying time in an event. Swimmers will have to advance through a preliminary, semi-final, and final swim. The top two finishers in each of the 13 events will represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Athens. NBC will air the meet Friday, July 9 and Sunday, July 11 at 8p.m. ET LIVE and Sunday, July 18 at 1p.m. ET.