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March 18, 2004

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – University of Virginia first-year swimmer Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) finished 16th in the 400-meter freestyle Thursday (March 18) to earn honorable mention All-America accolades at the 2004 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which are being held at Texas A&M’s Student Rec Center Natatorium.

After six of 21 events, Virginia is tied with Brown for 29th-place with one point. Auburn has scored 188 points to lead the competition. Georgia is second with 135 points, followed by Arizona (86), Florida (84) and Stanford (82).

Kelly was the only Cavalier to advance from the morning preliminary session to the evening session. Kelly competed in the consolation finals of the 400-meter freestyle and finished 16th overall with a time of 4:14.62 to earn the first honorable mention All-America certificate of her collegiate career. She was 15th in the morning preliminaries with a time of 4:10.04.

In addition to Kelly, several other Virginia swimmers competed in the morning prelims. First-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) recorded a time of 4:10.30 to finish 20th in the 400-meter freestyle, while second-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) touched in 4:12.16 to finish 32nd. Fourth-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) was 62nd with a time of 4:18.79.

Second-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) competed in the 200-meter individual medley and was 63rd with a time of 2:18.66.

UVa also competed in the 400-meter medley relay and placed 21st with a time of 4:11.29. Second-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) swam the leadoff backstroke leg and first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) swam the breaststroke. Fourth-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) swam the butterfly leg, while Kelly anchored the relay in the freestyle.

The 2004 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships continue Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. Central Time with day two preliminaries. Friday night’s finals begin at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

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