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July 5, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six University of Virginia women’s swimming and diving performers have been named to the inaugural 45-member 2006 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Women’s Swimming and Diving Team as announced Wednesday (July 5) by Commissioner John D. Swofford. The six UVa student-athletes earning the honor are rising fourth-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville), rising third-years Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive), and Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin), rising second-year Anne Dawson (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), and 2006 graduates Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep).

Maryland led all schools with seven student-athletes on the All-Academic squad, while Virginia, Clemson, and Virginia Tech each placed six members on the team.

Bland helped the Cavaliers capture the 800 freestyle relay at the 2006 ACC Championships and earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. Individually at ACCs, she was a finalist in the 200 individual medley (seventh) and 200 freestyle (eighth) and a consolation finalist in the 100 free (12th). Bland, a biology major, also helped UVa finish second in the 400 free relay and third in the 200 free relay at ACCs.

Glover swam on three top three UVa relays at the ACC Championship, including the Cavaliers’ runners-up 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. She was also a member of Virginia’s third-place 200 free relay. Glover was a consolation finalist in the 100 butterfly (12th) and 100 freestyle (16th).

Steenrod garnered All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the 200 I.M. She was also fourth in the 400 I.M. and seventh in the 100 breaststroke. She also swam the breast leg on UVa’s second place 200 and 400 medley relays. Steenrod competed in the 2006 NCAA Championship in the 200 I.M., 400 I.M., and 100 breaststroke with her top finish coming in the 100 breast (38th).

Dawson was a finalist in the 200 butterfly at the ACC Championships with a seventh-place performance. She was a consolation finalist in the 100 fly (11th) and 400 I.M. (14th).

Bennett, who graduated in May with a degree in psychology, was a three-event ACC finalist in 2006. She was sixth in the 200 breaststroke and placed eighth in both the 200 butterfly and 400 I.M.

Gordon captured All-ACC honors as a member of UVa’s winning 800 free relay as well as with a runner-up finish in the 400 I.M. She was also a finalist in the 200 backstroke (sixth) and 500 free (seventh) at ACCs. Gordon, who graduated with a degree in sports medicine, also competed in the same three events at the NCAA Championships. Her best finish was 24th in the 400 I.M.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must earn a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and have maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

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