Women’s Swimming & Diving

Feature story on Virginia senior Claire Crippen. Her older sister, Maddy, was a 2000 U.S. Olympian, and her older brother, Fran, died during an open-water competitive swimming event in October, 2010. The youngest Crippen sibling, Teresa, swims at Florida.

A family beach house in Avalon, N.J., became the genesis of four great swimming careers.

“Our mom put us in water babies when we were really young,” said Virginia senior Claire Crippen. “It was just to get us comfortable in the water. Our parents wanted us to be water safe and know how to swim. My older sister was obviously the first one. She started loving the sport, so my parents put her into summer club and she continued with it and never looked back. We all kind of followed in those footsteps.” Read more…

About Amy Symons Hughes

I spent 14 years working in professional and (mostly) collegiate Sports Information/Media Relations offices. Now I am a freelance writer, primarily covering softball, women's basketball and mens & women's swimming and diving for I have worked full-time in five NCAA Division I Conferences (4 BCS Conferences) and with National Coaching Associations, and I am the media coordinator for the Cathedral City Classic softball tournament.
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