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Nov. 5, 2004


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – – The 10th-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team won a pair of events and also picked up three second-place finishes during the first day of competition Friday (November 5) at the Boilermaker Challenge at Purdue’s Doris Z. Holloway Pool. The Cavaliers stands in second place after six events with 286 points, while the 14th-ranked UVa women scored 122.50 points and are in eighth place in the women’s competition. All 12 teams in the meet are ranked in the top 25 of the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 Poll.

Third-ranked Florida leads the men’s Boilermaker Challenge with 300 points with UVa right behind with 286. Purdue, ranked 20th, is third with 252 points, while 19th-ranked Texas A&M is fourth with 216. In the women’s competition, third-ranked Florida leads after six events with 197 points, while #11 Texas A&M is second with 191. Ninth-ranked UCLA is third (156.50 points), followed by #23 Purdue (152), #4 Texas (149.50), #17 Michigan (143.50), #18 Tennessee (128) and #14 Virginia (122.50).

Third-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) won the 500 free with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 4:25.63, while fourth-year Luke Anderson Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) grabbed the top spot in the 50 free with an NCAA “B” time of 20.32. UVa also took second in both events with second-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) placing second in the 500 free (4:27.89) and first-year Matt Targett (Victoria, Australia/Scotch College) touching second in the 50 free (20.58). Targett and Anderson helped UVa finish second in the 200 free relay (1:22.08). Fourth-year Brett Simon (San Mateo, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) and second-year Greg Imboden (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie) also swam legs on the relay. UVa’s “B” relay of fourth-year Brian Harrington (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon), first-year Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands, second-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split) and fourth-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was seventh (1:25.28).

In addition to Crippen and Millen finishing first and second in the 500 free, second-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) and first-year Kevin Nead (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) placed seventh and ninth with times of 4:32.13 and 4:32.75, respectively. Simon was also eighth in the 50 free (21.57) and Imboden was 15th in the same event (21.88). Crippen also placed third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:51.29, while fourth-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was fourth with a time of 1:51.67. First-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) was seventh in the 200 I.M. (1:52.64) and Rogulj finished 12th (1:57.19). The foursome of Greenwood, Rogulj, fourth-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Va./Walter Johnson), and Anderson clocked a time of 3:19.78 to take second place in the 400 medley relay. Stahl, first-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep), Cooper and Targett swam on UVa’s second team in the 400 medley relay and finished sixth in a time of 3:25.93. Third-year Eric Kelley (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian School) was seventh in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 414.45 points.

In the women’s meet, third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) recorded the Cavaliers’ best finishes with fifth and sixth-place showings in the 500 free (4:51.08) and 200 individual medley (2:04.30), respectively. Gordon and second-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia), who was eighth with a time of 4:52.71, both posted NCAA “B” times in the 500 free. Third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) placed ninth in the 500 free (4:52.75) and fourth-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) was 18th (5:00.31). In the 200 I.M., first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) was ninth with a time of 2:04.88 and second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) placed 17th (2:06.18).

First-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) was UVa’s top finisher in the 50 free as she was 11th with a time of 24.02, while first-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) touched 14th in a time of 24.08. Lewis, Glover, first-year Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood), and second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) teamed to finish sixth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:34.94. In the 400 medley relay, the foursome of third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), Glover and Bland, clocked a time of 3:49.75 to finish ninth.

Virginia concludes competition in the Boilermaker Challenge with morning and evening sessions Saturday (November 6).

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