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Jan. 6, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia fourth-year All-American swimmer Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) has been selected as the 2002 Macedonian Women’s Athlete of the Year as voted by the Macedonian Federation of Sport. The award is the most prestigious honor given by the Macedonian Olympic Committee.

Bosevska, the 2002 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year, is a two-time Olympian for her native Macedonia. She competed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The 11-time All-American was 17th in the 400-meter individual medley (4:48.08), 18th in the 800-meter freestyle (8:46.39) and 20th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:12.59) at the 2000 Olympics. At the 2002 European Championships, held in August in Berlin, Germany, Bosevska turned in a pair of top eight finishes. She was fourth in the 400-meter I.M. with a time of 4:46.42 and was eighth in the 200-meter I.M. in 2:16.80.

Bosevska was one of 11 Cavaliers named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, which was announced in August of 2002. In addition to being named the 2002 ACC Swimmer of the Year, she was chosen as the 2002 ACC Meet MVP. Bosevska holds the school and ACC records in the 400 I.M. (4:09.75) and 200 I.M. (1:59.31). She is also a member of the Cavaliers’ school record setting 800 free relay (7:15.75).

In the 2002-2003 season, Bosevska holds Virginia’s top times in the 200 free (1:49.19), 1650 free (16:17.57), 200 butterfly (2:00.83), 200 I.M. (2:01.54), and 400 I.M. (4:13.31) – each of which she established at the three-day Auburn Invitational (Dec. 5-7). She has automatically qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships in the 1650 freestyle and 400 I.M.

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