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March 18, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – University of Virginia third-year swimmer Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) finished fourth in the 100 backstroke on Friday (March 18) at the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships to earn first-team All-America accolades for the second consecutive year. The NCAA Championships are being held at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

White, who was also fourth in the 100 backstroke at the 2004 NCAAs, clocked a time of 53.59 in taking fourth place this evening to garner first-team All-America honors for the second consecutive season. White was fifth in the morning prelims with a time of 53.73.

Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) competed in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke at clocked a time of 1:03.88 to finish 33rd.

UVa stands in 26th place with 15 points after two days of competition at the NCAA Championships. Georgia holds a commanding lead with 382.5 points, while Auburn is second with 297 points and Arizona is third (256).

White will compete in the 200 backstroke Saturday. She earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 back last season with a 10th-place finish. Steiner will swim the 200 breaststroke Saturday, while third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) will compete in the 1650 freestyle. Burke was runner-up in the mile last year’s NCAA meet.

The 2005 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.

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