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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia has announced its 2010-11 schedule for the Cavalier men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. The season begins Oct. 11 with a dual meet at Florida, the 2010 women’s national champion.

“We feel this is a very strong schedule that will challenge us,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We want to keep being motivated and stay focused and racing against some of the best teams in the country will help do that. It’s all to prepare for what we will see in March.”

The Virginia men welcome Navy for a dual meet on Oct. 29 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center while the women will compete in the two-day SMU Classic in Dallas Oct. 29-30.

The two teams will then host tri-meets on back-to-back weekends at the AFC, beginning Nov. 12-13 when Virginia Tech and Princeton come to town. The next weekend, Nov. 19-20, the Cavaliers welcome Big Ten foes Penn State and Indiana for competition.

Virginia will cap the fall semester at the Georgia Invitational, set for Dec. 3-5 in Athens, Ga.

“The Georgia Invitational will be one of the top invitationals in the country with the likes of Auburn, Penn State, the Minnesota men, Kansas women, Georgia and us,” Bernardino continued. “We have stepped it up and I hope our athletes will respond.”

The UVa divers will compete Jan. 3-5 at the Tennessee Diving Invitational, before the swimmers face off against the Volunteers on Jan. 8 in Knoxville.

The Cavaliers will battle rival North Carolina on Jan. 22 and ACC opponent Duke on Jan. 23, the final home meet of the season.

After dual meets at Pittsburgh (Jan. 29) and NC State (Feb. 5), Virginia will participate in the Maryland Invitational Feb. 11-13 in College Park. The meet will serve as the final tune-up before the conference meets.

The women’s ACC Championships are slated for Feb. 16-19 at Georgia Tech, while the men will compete a week later, Feb. 23-26, in Atlanta. Both teams have won three consecutive championships.

“The championships meets are what they are: the best against the best,” Bernardino said. “We hope to be among the best.”

The women’s NCAA Championships will be held March 17-19 in Austin, Texas. At the 2010 event, the Cavaliers placed ninth overall, the second-highest finish in school history.

The men’s NCAA Championships will be held March 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Virginia men placed 10th at the national meet in 2010, marking the first time in school history the squad recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes after placing ninth in 2009.

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