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Nov. 8, 2004

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia swimmers Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) and Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) have been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s and Men’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, respectively, as announced Monday (November 8). For Gordon, it is the first ACC Performer of the Week honor, while Crippen garners the men’s award for the seventh time in his career.

Gordon, a third-year, posted three NCAA “B” qualifying times as the 14th-ranked Cavaliers finished sixth with 407 points in the Boilermaker Challenge, held November 5-6 at Purdue. All eight women’s teams in the competition were ranked in the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 Dual Meet Poll. Gordon was third in the 400 individual medley (4:19.75), fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:51.08), sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:04.30 – missing the “B” standard by one hundredth of a second), and seventh in the 200 backstroke (2:01.59). Her times in the two I.M. events as well as the 500 free represent season-best performances.

Anderson, a third-year, led the 10th-ranked Virginia men to a second-place finish at the Boilermaker Challenge November 5-6. Third-ranked Florida won the meet with 1,014 points, while UVa was second with 919. Crippen won three of the four individual events he competed in and recorded a pair of NCAA “B” times. Crippen, a two-time ACC Swimmer of the Year, met the NCAA “B” standard in winning the 500 free (4:25.63) and 1650 free (15:21.28). He also won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:55.69 and was third in the 200 I.M. (1:51.29). Crippen also swam a leg on UVa’s third-place 800 free relay (6:43.09).

The Cavalier men are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, while the Virginia women are 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Both teams return to action on Friday (November 12) when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a 3:30 p.m. meet against ACC rival Georgia Tech.

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