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Nov. 19, 2014

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Virginia swimming and diving head coach Augie Busch has been named to the 2015 World University Games coaching staff for the United States team, USA Swimming announced Monday.

Busch will serve as a women’s assistant coach for the international meet to be held in Gwangju, South Korea, July 4-11. Team USA’s women’s head coach will be Ray Looze of Indiana, while Steve Bultman of Texas A&M and Harvey Humphries of Georgia will also serve as assistants.

One of the women selected to represent the United States at the World University Games is Virginia sophomore Leah Smith, who will compete in the 200m and 400m free events. Smith was also selected to 2015 World Championships squad as part of the women’s 4x200m free relay.

“It is an honor to be selected to work alongside such outstanding coaches as Ray, Steve and Harvey,” Busch said. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to coach some of the America’s incredible young women on the international stage, including UVa’s own Leah Smith.”

Busch, who is in his second season at Virginia, led the Cavalier women to the ACC Championship in 2014 and an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Cavalier men placed fourth at ACCs and 26th at NCAAs.

Under Busch’s tutelage, the Cavaliers have had eight individuals earn All-America honors for 11 citations and three All-American relays. This included Courtney Bartholomew (200 back) and Smith (1,650 free) earning third-place finishs and the 800 free relay placing fifth at the 2014 national meet. In one season, the Cavaliers broke 20 school and six ACC records.

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