Aug. 10, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. – The University of Virginia had several swimmers turn in excellent performances in the final three days of competition at the 2005 ConocoPhillips Summer National Swimming Championships August 5-7 at the William J. Woollett Aquatics Center. The highlight for the Cavaliers was third-year John Millen’s (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) finish in the 1500-meter freestyle. He placed fifth with a time of 15:36.78, a lifetime best.
Fourth-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) led the way for the Cavaliers in the 400-meter freestyle with a 12th-place finish (3:55.94). Third-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) tied for 18th place in the 400 free with a lifetime best of 3:57.40. Millen followed in 34th with a time of 4:01.57. Hirniak, who was second in the 200-meter butterfly with a lifetime best of 1:58.15 earlier in the meet, also swam the 200-meter freestyle, finishing 27th with a time of 1:52.05. Crippen also advanced to the finals of the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:25.70 in the preliminary competition, but was disqualified in the finals.
Incoming first-year Tony Colella (Austin, Texas/Westwood) placed 31st in the 200-meter I.M. with a time of 2:08.62. Fourth-year Ryan Berg (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) followed in 32nd (2:08.87) and incoming first-year TJ Southmayd (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) placed 45th with a time of 2:09.86. Southmayd also placed 28th in the 400-meter I.M. with a time of 4:32.08.
Second-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md. / Georgetown Prep) swam in the “C” Final of the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing 24th (1:05.21) and Berg followed in 44th with a time of 1:05.89.
Incoming first-year Bjorn Falk (Wilton, N.H./High Mowing) placed 49th in the 100-meter backstroke (59.04) and Colella finished 53rd with a time of 59.31.
Another incoming first-year, Lee Robertson (Waynesboro, Va./Waynesboro), was the only Virginia swimmer to compete in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing 61st with a time of 56.86.
Another incoming first-year, Jackie Apple (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), competed in the 2005 Speedo National Junior Diving Championships August 3-6 in Huntersville, N.C. Apple finished 15th in the one-meter competition with a total of 335.00 points.