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Aug. 21, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Mark Bernardino will serve as the head coach of the United States’ men’s swimming team at the 2001 World University Games which are being held in Beijing, China, August 23-28. In addition, UVa second-year Gary Marshall (Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville) will compete for the USA in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Bernardino, who is entering his 24th season as the head coach of UVa’s men’s and women’s swimming teams, has coached United States teams in international competition in each of the last two years. In addition to serving as the head coach of this year’s World University Games team, Bernardino was selected by USA Swimming as an assistant coach for the 2000 men’s United States National Junior Team, which competed in the 2000 Mare Nostrom International Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

Bernardino has led Virginia to five Atlantic Coast Conference men’s swimming titles, including three consecutive (1999, 2000 and 2001). He has been named the ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year eight times during his career. Bernardino has three ACC women’s titles to his credit, and has also been selected as the ACC Women’s Coach of the Year eight times.

Marshall will compete in the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday morning, August 23. The semifinals will be held Thursday night. The final of the 200 breast will be conducted on Friday night (August 24). Marshall earned a spot on the team by virtue of his sixth-place performance in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on March 30. Marshall posted a time of 2:16.57 in the finals. Marshall is one of 24 male swimmers selected to compete for the United States in the World University Games.

Marshall, the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, earned first-team All-America honors at the 2001 NCAA Championships on March 24 by finishing seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke. Marshall touched in 1:56.88 for his seventh-place finish after turning in a time of 1:55.78 in the prelims.

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