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July 8, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Virginia swimmers Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) have earned 2004 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-America honors. Wagner earns first-team honors for the third consecutive year, while Baly is an honorable mention selection. In addition, the Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams garnered CSCAA Academic All-America accolades with a 2.89 and 2.93 GPA’s, respectively.

Wagner, a 2004 UVa graduate with a degree in political and social thought, is one of 33 Division I men’s swimmers to earn CSCAA first-team Academic All-America honors. He also earned CSCAA Academic honors in 2002 and 2003. This past spring Wagner was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III University Division Men’s At-Large Second Team.

Wagner was a first-team All-American in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2004 NCAA Championships with his seventh-place performance. He was also an honorable mention All-American in the 400 medley relay (ninth place). Wagner is a UVa men’s swimming and diving program record 15-time All-American, including three first-team selections. He is also a 14-time ACC champion, including four conference titles this season. At the 2004 ACC’s, the team captain won the 100-yard backstroke and was a member of three Cavalier relays that finished first.

Wagner, a Rhodes Scholar finalist in the state of Colorado, was a 2003 Pan American Games silver medalist in the 200-meter backstroke. Wagner is a 2004 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner and is one of Virginia’s ACC Top VI Award recipients in recognition of leadership and community service. He won UVa’s 2003-04 ACC Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award and was also the recipient of the Gus Tebell Award as the Virginia senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Baly has captured honorable mention CSCAA Academic All-America accolades after earning first-team honors in 2001 and 2003. She graduated from Virginia in May with a degree in economics. Baly is a six-time honorable mention All-American and competed in the NCAA Championships four consecutive years. She is the 2004 ACC champion in the 400 individual medley.

Baly is one of six UVa student-athletes to earn a 2004 ACC Top VI Award and she was also a recipient of a 2004 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship as awarded by the ACC. Baly chaired UVa’s annual Shoot Out for Cancer fundraiser to benefit the UVa Children’s Hospital.

To earn CSCAA Academic All-American honors, individuals must possess at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA or a 3.50 GPA for either the current academic year or the current semester and qualify to participate in the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA swimming and diving championships. Schools must earn a minimum of a 2.80 team GPA to be eligible for team CSCAA Academic All-America honors.

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