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Nov. 6, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 10th-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team won four of eight events during the morning session Saturday (November 6) at the Boilermaker Challenge at Purdue’s Doris Z. Holloway Pool. The Cavaliers stands in second place after six events with 637 points, while the 14th-ranked UVa women have tallied 260.5 points after 14 events and are in sixth place. 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 682 points with UVa right behind with 637. Purdue, ranked 20th, is third with 602 points, while 19th-ranked Texas A&M is fourth with 496. In the women’s competition, third-ranked Florida leads with 456 points, while #11 Texas A&M is second with 428.50. Fourth-ranked Texas is third (356.50) and ninth-ranked UCLA is fourth (326.50 points), followed by #17 Michigan (300.50), #14 Virginia (260.50), #18 Tennessee (258.50) and #23 Purdue (248).

The Cavalier men won three individual events and one relay during Saturday’s first session. UVa opened the session by winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:30.84. First-year Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands, second-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split), first-year Matt Targett (Victoria, Australia/Scotch College), and fourth-year Luke Anderson Charlottesville, Va./Bolles School) each swam legs on the relay. Rogulj also won the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 54.91. Third-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) won his second event of the meet by touching first in the 400 individual medley (3:55.69). He led four UVa swimmers in the top five. Fourth-year Michael Raab (Rockville, Va./Walter Johnson) won the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.87 to round out the Cavaliers’ event winners.

In addition to Crippen winning the 400 I.M., fourth-year Bo Greenwood (Manakin, Va./Goochland) was second and first-year Kevin Nead (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) placed third with times of 3:56.10 and 3:56.30, respectively. First-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) took fifth in the 400 I.M. with a time of 3:58.49. Anderson recorded a time of 1:39.34 in finishing third in the 200 freestyle. Second-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) was fifth in the 200 free (1:40.73) and second-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) was eighth (1:41.63). In addition to Raab winning the fly, Targett was fourth in a time of 50.16 and fourth-year Chris Cooper (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) was ninth (51.55). First-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 58.10 and first-year PJ Sullivan (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan) took 11th place (59.15). Greenwood was UVa’s top finisher in the 100 backstroke as he touched ninth with a time of 52.02, while Stahl was 11th in a time of 52.37.

UVa was third in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:43.09. Crippen, Millen, Hirniak, and Anderson swam legs on the relay. The Cavaliers’ “B” 800 free relay of Mellors, Nead, Greenwood, and Raab was sixth in a time of 6:53.34. UVa’s “B” 200 medley relay was also sixth, posting a time of 1:34.37. Second-year Greg Imboden (Chattanooga, Tenn./McCallie), Hurley, Raab, and fourth-year Brett Simon (San Mateo, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) swam legs on the relay.

In the women’s meet, third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) won the 100 backstroke with an NCAA “B” time of 55.79. Third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) placed third in the 400 individual medley with an NCAA “B” time of 4:19.75, while second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) was 11th (4:24.68). In the 100 breaststroke, second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) took seventh with a time of 1:05.11, while third-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was 11th (1:05.57). Bennett was also 16th in the 100 butterfly (57.49). Second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) was the Cavaliers’ top finisher in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.12.

UVa finished seventh in both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. In the 200 medley relay the foursome of White, first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin), and first-years Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) touched in 1:45.37. In the 800 free relay, Bland, Lewis, Gordon and second-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) clocked a time of 7:29.77.

The Boilermaker Challenge concludes Saturday evening with the third and final session beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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