Tennessee Topples UVA and Princeton

Tennessee 135 over UVA 108
Tennessee 133 over Princeton 85
UVA 119 over Princeton 91

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. January 14. THE 13th-ranked Virginia men's swimming and diving team split a pair of dual meets with Princeton and Tennessee Saturday (Jan. 14) at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Cavaliers registered a 119-91 victory over Princeton, but fell to the 10th-ranked Vols 135-108. The loss to Tennessee snapped UVa's two-meet winning streak in the series. Tennessee also defeated Princeton 133-85. UVa now stands at 5-3 on the season. The Vols improve to 6-0, while the Tigers are 3-2.

Virginia won four of 13 events on the afternoon, while Tennessee won the other nine. Fourth-year Fran Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa./Germantown Academy) was the Cavaliers' only multiple event winner as he touched first in the 1000 and 500 freestyles. Crippen clocked a time of 9:09.09 in winning the 1000 free and then registered a winning time of 4:28.44 in the 500 free. Third-years Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J./Princeton Day) and Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia/ Split) notched the other two UVa wins. Hirniak won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.46, while Rogulj won the 200 breast in 2:01.79.

Crippen led one-two Virginia finishes in the 500 and 1000 frees with third-year John Millen (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) coming in second in both races. Millen posted a time of 4:33.57 in the 500 free and 9:19.87 in the 1000 free. Rogulj led a top three Cavalier sweep in the 200 breaststroke. Second-year PJ Sullivan (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan) was runner-up in 200 breast with a time of 2:03.04, while second-year Ryan Hurley (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) was right behind in third place (2:04.82).

Fourth-year Eric Kelley (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian School) registered a pair of second-place performances in the diving competition. Kelley set career-bests on the one-meter (298.95 points) and three-meter (323.55 points) boards. Kelley's score of 323.55 on the three-meter board earned him an invitation to the NCAA Zone B Diving Regionals in March. Second-year Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) also had two second-place finishes. He posted a time of 1:50.66 to take second in the 200 individual medley and was also runner-up in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.83.

Tennessee won the meet opening 400 medley relay with a time of 3:18.71 and also touched first in the 200 free relay (1:24.05) to close out the competition. The Vols' Tyler Gustafson won the 100 and 200 free with times of 45.34 and 1:38.83, respectively. Burkley Showe swept the one and three-meter diving events with scores of 316.58 and 328.13, respectively.