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Mulligan Breaking Records in Senior Season

Jan. 25, 2001

VILLANOVA, PA-- Senior diver Brian Mulligan (Duxbury, Mass./ Duxbury High School) has come a long way since his freshman season at Villanova in 1997-98. Currently in the midst of his final season on the Main Line in 2000-01, Mulligan has developed himself into one of the top divers in the Big East Conference.

At the Princeton Invitational on Dec. 1-3 against the likes of Brown, Tennessee, American and the host Tigers, Mulligan broke the Villanova school record in the three-meter dive. His score of 349.3 broke Dave Echeverria's record of 322.73, which he set in 1987.

Wildcat diving coach Gary Elder, who returned prior to the season for his second stint with the Villanova diving program, also coached Echeverria. Elder also headed up the Wildcat diving program from 1984-88 and 1990-93.

"Brian (Mulligan ) is a just a great kid," said Elder. "He works hard, he is serious about his diving, and sets a high standard for the other divers to follow. Brian and Dave are similar in their diving styles. Both are big and strong, and know how to finish off their dives. At Princeton, Brian was extremely focused and had the best meet of his career."

Mulligan has been a Big East finalist in both the one-meter and three-meter dives in each of his first three seasons at Villanova. His top finishes at the conference championships in 1999, when he placed fifth in both the one and three-meter dives.