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May 23, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia All-American swimmer Ian Prichard (Ventura, Calif./Buena) has been selected to the CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District III University Division Men’s At-Large Second Team. Prichard, a rising fourth-year, is one of 10 student-athletes named to the second-team. Ten individuals have been named to the first-team as well.

Prichard, a distance freestyle specialist, was a three-time All-American at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He earned first-team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 14:53.64 in helping Virginia to a school-best 10th-place finish. It marked the second consecutive year Prichard has earned first-team accolades in the mile. Also at the NCAAs, Prichard won the consolation final of the 500 freestyle (4:18.04) and helped UVa to a 12th-place finish (6:30.19) in the 800 freestyle relay in capturing honorable mention All-America honors in both events. At the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, Prichard helped UVa win the title in the 800 free relay to earn All-ACC honors. He was also third in the 1650 free (15:09.83) at the ACCs. The Cavaliers tied the Virginia school record by capturing their fifth consecutive ACC Championship.

Prichard, an American studies and English Literature double-major, is a 10-time All-American and a three-time first-team selection. He is a seven-time ACC champion and was selected as the 2001 ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Meet MVP. Prichard holds the school and ACC records in the 500 freestyle (4:16.32).

This spring Prichard was a recipient of the Virginia Swimming and Diving team’s Ramirez Scholarship which is awarded to members of the team that have earned the respect and recognition of their peers and coaches through their commitment, achievement, and positive approach to the sport.

To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing in his/her career. District III consists of schools from the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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