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Dec. 6, 2005

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia fourth-year swimmer Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week as announced Monday (Dec. 5). White automatically qualified for the 2006 NCAA Championships in a pair of events during the UGA Fall Invitational Dec. 2-4 in Athens, Ga. It marks the first time White has garnered the ACC’s weekly award.

White automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke with a pair of outstanding swims. White won the 100 back with a NCAA “A” time of 53.63 against swimmers from three of the top seven teams in the country, including top-ranked Georgia. She also finished second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.27, which bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard as well. White’s times in the backstroke events are the best in the ACC this season.

The Cavaliers, ranked 20th in the nation, finished fourth in the UGA Fall Invitational with 459 points behind top-ranked Georgia, sixth-ranked California and seventh-rated UCLA.

White, the 2005 ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, is a five-time All-American. She earned first-team All-America accolades in the 100 backstroke in 2004 and 2005.

The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action January 7 when they compete in the Matt Gribble Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla.

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