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July 14, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. – University of Virginia third-year swimmer Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) finished sixth in the finals of the 1500-meter freestyle Wednesday (July 14) at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach, Calif.

Crippen registered a time of 15:34.88 in finishing sixth in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was seventh after the prelims with a nearly identical time of 15:34.25. Crippen was also fifth in the finals of the 400-meter freestyle at the Trials on July 7.

Larsen Jensen won the 1500 free with a time of 14:56.71, while Erik Vendt was second in a time of 15:11.96.

Seven swimmers with ties to the University of Virginia advanced to finals during the U.S. Olympic Trials. In addition to Crippen reaching the finals in the 400 and 1500-meter freestyles, Ed Moses (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) was a finalist in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke. Michael Raab (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) posted the top finish by a UVa swimmer with a third-place performance in the 200-meter butterfly. Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) was a finalist in the 200-meter backstroke, while Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) was fourth in the 100-meter backstroke. Two UVa incoming men’s recruits also advanced to finals during the Olympic Trials.

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