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Nov. 12, 2005


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 17th-ranked Virginia men’s swimming and diving team came from behind to register dual meet victories over 14th-ranked Purdue (189-164) and 23rd-rated Penn State (187-166) Saturday (November 12) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Cavaliers, however fell to top-ranked Auburn 184-152. The 18th-ranked Virginia women’s swimming and diving team fell to second-ranked Auburn (222-126) and 12th-ranked Penn Sate (195-158). After winning 14 of 20 events on Friday, the Auburn men’s and women’s teams came back to win 12 of 18 events Saturday.

After winning two events Friday, the Cavalier men (4-2) grabbed another two first-place finishes Saturday. Fourth-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) picked up his second victory of the two-day meet by taking the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:08.57. Third-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) was second to Crippen in the 1000 with time of 9:16.58. Crippen was also third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:57.67. Third-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/ Split) earned his second breaststroke victory of the meet by winning the 200 breast with a NCAA “B” time of 1:58.30.

Third-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) and second-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) both turned in second-place performance. Hirniak was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.47 after taking second in the 200 fly Friday. Mellors out-touched Crippen to take second in the 400 I.M. with a time of 3:57.57. In the 200 medley relay, the team of first-year Bjorn Falk (Wilton, N.H./High Mowing), Rogulj, Hirniak and fourth-year Ethan McCoy (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) clocked a time of 1:31.68 to take second place. Millen was also fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.49, while second-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) was fourth in the 400 I.M. with 4:00.36.

In the women’s meet, the Cavaliers (2-3) captured two second-place finishes. Fourth-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda Md./Good Counsel) touched in 9:55.55 to place second in the 1000 free. Second-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) turned in an excellent performance in the 50 free and finished second with a time of 23.91. Third-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) was fourth in the 50 free in 24.12 and took third place in the 200 freestyle 1:52.05. Fourth-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) clocked a time of 55.52 (NCAA B) to claim third place in the 100 backstroke, while fourth-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was fourth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.87 (NCAA B). Virginia finished third in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. In the 200 medley relay, the foursome of White, third-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), second-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and second-year Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) turned in a third-place time of 1:45.28. In the 400 free relay, Bland, Bennett, second-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C/Charlotte Latin) and third-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) were third in a time of 3:27.07.

Final Women's ScoresAuburn 195.50, Penn State 150.50Auburn 222, Virginia 126Penn State 195, Virginia 158

Final Men’s ScoresAuburn 217, Penn State 125Auburn 210, Purdue 132Auburn 184, Virginia 152Penn State 188, Purdue 165Virginia 187, Penn State 166Virginia 189, Purdue 164

UVa returns to action December 2-4 when it competes in the Georgia Invite in Athens, Ga.
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