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Dec. 8, 2015

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-Three members of the Virginia swimming and diving program, seniors Becca Corbett and Yannick Kaeser and junior Leah Smith, have earned ACC weekly honors, the conference announced Tuesday. Corbett was named ACC Female Diver of the Week, while Kaeser and Smith were named ACC Male and Female Swimmer of the Week, respectively.

Corbett (Louisville, Ky.) earned wins in both springboard diving events at the Georgia Fall Invitational Dec. 4-6 in Athens, Ga., including the 3-meter event where she recorded a school-record score of 337.35. In addition, Corbett placed third on platform.

Kaeser (Mumpf, Switzerland) broke the school record in the 200 breast, placing second in 1:53.54 at the Georgia Fall Invitational. He finished third in the 100 breast in a time of 52.72. Kaeser’s times in the 200 and 100 breast rank fourth and seventh in the country, respectively. After the meet, Kaeser competed in a long-course meters time trial of the 100-meter breast, where he set a new Swiss national record in 1:00.61.

Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a two-time NCAA Champion, captured three event wins at the Georgia Fall Invitational. Smith won the 200 free in 1:43.97, the 500 free in 4:32.36 and the 1,650 free in 15:39.36. Her mile time (15:39.36) and her prelim time in the 500 free (4:30.85) are both the top times in the country so far. Her 200 free time (1:43.97) ranks third in the nation.

Smith was also led off the second-place 800 free relay that hit an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 7:04.87. She was also named the Team Unify/ National Swimmer of the Week.

Up next, Smith and Cavalier senior teammate Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) will represent the United States in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Dec. 11-12 in Indianapolis. The meet pits an American squad against Europe’s best. UVA head coach Augie Busch has been selected as a women’s assistant coach for Team USA.

The Cavaliers return to action Jan. 8-9 against Notre Dame at the Aquatic and Fitness Center in Charlottesville.

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