Nov. 14, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia third-year swimmer Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week as announced Monday (November 14). Rogulj won a pair of events in UVa’s quad meet against Auburn, Penn State and Purdue, which was held November 11-12 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. It marks the third time this season a Virginia men’s swimmer has earned the honor as fourth-year Fran Crippen is a two-time recipient.
Rogulj swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke in helping lead 17th-ranked Virginia to the victories over 14th-ranked Purdue (189-164) and Penn State (187-166). The Cavaliers, who are now 4-2 on the season, also fell to second-ranked Auburn 184-152.
In the 100 breaststroke, Rogulj automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with his winning time of 53.53. It was the first time Rogulj has swum the 100 breast this season. Rogulj completed the breast sweep by winning the 200 breaststroke with a NCAA “B” qualifying time of time of 1:58.30 which bettered his previous 200 time of 1:59.35. According to the November 3 Taper & Shave Quick 50 list, Rogulj’s time of 1:59.35 in the 200 breast was the fastest in the nation.
In addition to winning the two breaststroke events, Rogulj swam the breast leg on UVa’s second place 200 and 400 medley relays that posted season-best times of 1:31.68 and 3:18.29, respectively.
The two-time Olympian for Croatia is a six-time All-American. He captured first-team All-America honors in the 100 breast (sixth) and 200 breast (fifth) in 2005. Rogulj went on to earn 2005 ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year honors. He was the ACC Men’s Freshman of the Year in 2004.
The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action December 2-4 when they travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the Georgia Invite.