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Dec. 1, 2006

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened competition at the Big Al Invitational at the DeNunzio Pool on the campus of Princeton University. After the first day of the three-day meet, the Cavalier women lead the six-team field while the Cavalier men are second behind Tennessee in a eight team field.

The Cavalier women opened the meet by winning the 200 free relay. Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C.), Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C.), Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va.), and Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa.) won in time of 1:32.60. Jenn Narum finished second for the Cavaliers in the 500 free in a time of 4:49.79. In the 200 I.M., the Cavaliers took 2-5 places with Mei Christensen (Reston, Va.), Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga.), Bland, and Megan Evo (Beverly Hills, Mich.) swimming the event. Lewis and Glover finished second and third in the 50 free. Virginia also won the 400 Medley relay with Christensen, Katherine McDonnell (Culpeper, Va.) Glover, and Lewis taking the win.

The men’s team had an impressive result in the 500 free, finishing five of the top six places. John Millen (Lilburn, N.J.) and Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J.) went 1-2, with Darren Ankosko (East Brunswick, N.J.), Garrett Wren (Richmond, Va.) and Dan McMahon (Atlanta, Ga.) finishing 4-5-6. Pat Mellors picked up a second place finish in the 200 I.M.

The meet continues Saturday and runs through Sunday at Princeton.

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