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Jan. 14, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia senior swimmer Lauren Perdue will be honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day when the Cavalier women’s basketball team plays host to Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 at John Paul Jones Arena.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletics Department and the University of Virginia Women’s Center.

Perdue, a native of Greenville, N.C., won gold with the U.S. women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. Perdue became the first Virginia female swimmer to medal since Melanie Valerio won gold with the U.S. 4x100m free relay in 1996, and is only the third overall. American Wendy Weinberg earned bronze in the 800m free in 1976. Perdue was the fourth UVa swimmer to win gold, joining Matt McLean, Ed Moses and Valerio.

Lauren Perdue is a deserving honoree for this year’s ‘National Girls and Women in Sports Day’,” Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said. “In addition to being a world-class athlete, she is a dedicated student and a wonderful representative of the University. I know our fans, especially young people, are going to enjoy meeting her before the game and joining us in recognizing her outstanding accomplishments at halftime.”

In addition to her accomplishments in international competition, Perdue was the 2011 ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships
. In 2010, she was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships
. She is a 12-time All-American and 17-time ACC champion
 and is the ACC and school record holder in the 100 and 200 freestyle events
 as well as the school record holder in the 50 freestyle
.Perdue will be honored on the court at halftime of the Virginia-Georgia Tech women’s basketball game, which will be carried live on Regional Sports Networks. She will also sign autographs prior to the contest in the Kids’ Zone, located in the northeast corner of the lower level concourse at John Paul Jones Arena.

Recent honorees at Virginia’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration include Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese, members of the Cavalier field hockey team and gold-medal winners at the 2011 Pan Am games with USA Field Hockey; Natalie Randolph, former UVa track standout and varsity football coach at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.; Lindsay Shoop, former UVa rower and Olympic gold medalist; and Barbara Kelly, longtime UVa athletics administrator.

Fans may purchase tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at, by phone and in person. The Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

Single-game ticket prices for all games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVa faculty/staff General Admission.

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