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Virginia women's swim team to skip SMU Classic, attend Fran Crippen's funeral

The Virginia women's swim team will not be represented this weekend in the Southern Methodist Classic in Dallas as originally planned, according to a release issued Wednesday by the school's athletic department. The Cavaliers had planned to send eight swimmers to compete in the event.

Instead, the team will travel to Conshohocken, Pa. to attend the funeral services of former Virginia swimmer Fran Crippen, who died Oct. 23 while competing in an open water race in the United Arab Emirates. Claire Crippen, one of Fran's younger sisters, is a senior on the Virginia swim team.

The Virginia men's swimming and diving team's dual meet against Navy will take place Friday as scheduled. Coaches and members of the men's team also plan to attend Crippen's funeral services on Saturday.

According to the release, a moment of silence will be held for Crippen prior to the men's team's dual meet Friday, as well as at four of Virginia's other home sporting events this weekend. That includes the football team's game Saturday at Scott Stadium against Miami.

By Steve Yanda  | October 27, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
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