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Aug. 14, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Virginia graduate Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) has been named to the United States’ 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships roster. Crippen, who graduated in May 2006, is one of 56 swimmers named to the U.S. squad that will compete in the Pan Pacs August 17-21 at Saanich Commonwealth Place Pool in Victoria, B.C. Crippen joins fourth-year Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) in the Pan Pac Championships. Hirniak will swim for Canada in the 200-meter butterfly.

Crippen earned an invitation to the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships by virtue of his fifth-place performance in the 400-meter freestyle at the 2006 ConocoPhillips National Swimming Championships, which were held Aug. 1-5 in Irvine, Calif. Crippen posted a time of 3:51.07 in the finals of the 400 free and will swim that event at Pan Pacs.

At the national championships, Crippen finished 13th in the 1500-meter freestyle (15:32.21) and 20th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:02.28) in addition to his 13th-place performance in the 400 free.

Third-year Ryan Hurley (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) turned in the highest finish by a UVa swimmer. Hurley tied for fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:14.91. He was also 18th in the 100 breast (1:03.39). Third-year PJ Sullivan (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan) was 14th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:17.94.

Third-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) was seventh in the two individual medley events. He posted times of 2:03.21 and 4:22.07 in the 200 and 400 I.M.s, respectively. Mellors was also 27th in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:52.03.

Fourth-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) recorded three top-20 finishes. His best performance was in the 400-meter free with 10th-place finish (3:53.65). Millen was 11th in the 1500-meter free (15:28.19) and 19th in the 200 free (1:51.35).

UVa graduate Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) posted the Cavaliers’ top finish in the women’s championship. She was seventh in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:03.54. First-year Jenn Narum (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) was 17th in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:49.49 and 22nd in the 400 free (4:17.91).

Virginia was represented at the European Swimming Championships by fourth-year Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/Split). Rogulj tied for 24th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.52), was 25th in the 50 breast (28.69) and placed 27th in the 200 breast (2:17.83).

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