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April 23, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head swimming coach Mark Bernardino has been named the 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. Bernardino, who led the Cavaliers to an overall record of 7-2 this season, has now been named the ACC Coach of the Year in women’s swimming six times during his career. He previously won the honor in 1983, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1996. Bernardino has also been named ACC Coach of the Year in men’s swimming five times (1983, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1994).

In addition to to their overall record of 7-2, the Cavaliers won the ACC Championship for only the second time in school history, recording a score of 818.5. Bernardino’s team then went on to place 18th at the NCAA Championship with a total of 51 points, marking its best showing at NCAAs since 1990. Nine member’s of Bernardino’s team won All-America honors this season, in sophomores Emily Carrig, Rebecca Cronk, Kori Forster, Julie Gehm, Meghan McCubbins, Lindsay Schubert, Laura Sullivan and Emily Trakas, and freshman Meghan Iffland.

During his 20 years as the head coach at Virginia, Bernardino now has an overall record of 143-57-1 with the women’s team and 128-76-0 with the men’s team. He has coached 65 individual All-Americans during his career.

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