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March 19, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – University of Virginia third-year swimmers Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) and Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) captured honorable mention All-America honors Saturday (March 19) during the final day of competition at the Women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. As a team, UVA finished 26th in the standings. The NCAA Championships were held at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

White tied her own school and ACC record in finishing 12th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.54. White swam a meters-to-yards converted time of 1:56.54 at last year’s NCAA Championship. With her 12th-place finish White garners honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 back for the second consecutive year. She tied for 13th in the morning preliminaries with a time of 1:57.25. White is a first-team All-American in the 100 backstroke for the second consecutive year after finishing fourth in the event Friday evening.

Burke placed 16th in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:22.72 to earn honorable mention All-America accolades. She is a three-time All-American in the mile and is a five-time All-American overall. Burke was runner-up in the mile at last year’s NCAA Championships.

Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) rounded out UVa’s competitors in the NCAA Championships. Steiner swam the 200 breaststroke Saturday and finished 33rd with a time of 2:17.72.

UVa finished 26th in the 2005 NCAA Championships with 21 points after taking 19th place last season. Georgia won the 2005 NCAA title with 609.50 points. Three-time defending champion Auburn was second with 492 points, while Arizona finished third with 440 points.

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