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Tar Heels Add 10 To Swimming & Diving Program
UNC swimming coach Rich DeSelm announced Tuesday the addition of 10 recent high school and junior college graduates to the program for the 2016-17 season. These student-athletes will enroll at UNC when the school year starts on Tuesday, August 23. The additions include four men’s swimmers and four women’s swimmers as well as two men’s divers.
UNC alum excited to coach US swimmers in open-water marathon contest
UNC alumna Catherine Vogt is in her eighth year as associated head coach at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, she coached for three seasons at UNC, where she was a standout distance swimmer in the late 1990s. Vogt coached in the Olympics before, but Rio marks her first time leading the way for a U.S. team.
UNC’s Olympic Firsts
Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history
North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total.
Sue Walsh: Pursuing Other Dreams
In 1980, UNC swimmer Sue Walsh made the U.S. Olympic team that ultimately didn’t compete in Moscow because of America’s boycott of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Four years later, after she won 11 national titles to rank as one of UNC’s most decorated athletes, Walsh missed qualifying for the team by one-one hundredth of a second. She was devastated, but didn’t let it dictate her life.
UNC Olympic sports and the impact of the ACC Network
As Cunningham says in the video above, the ACC Network will give the Olympic teams at UNC much more exposure. The network will allow for fans, family, and recruits to watch these teams from anywhere in the world. This certainly will help in recruiting new athletes. It will show recruits, who may not be able to easily get to Chapel Hill, all that UNC has to offer.
ACC Academic Honor Roll Includes All-Time High From UNC
An all-time high 356 UNC student-athletes have been named to the 2015-16 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday. The ACC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.
Twenty-Four Tar Heels Earned Perfect Grades In Spring
Twenty-four UNC student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the 2016 spring semester. Among them are three Tar Heels who were also national champions this spring: women’s lacrosse team members Kelly Devlin, Mallory Frysinger and Elizabeth Haus. Three other student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs in both the fall and spring semesters.
Stephanie Peacock Places Third In Olympic Trials In 800 Free
UNC men's and women's swimmers wrapped up competition Saturday in the 2016 United States Swimming Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center. Competition on the final two days was highlighted by the third-place finish of 2014 Tar Heel alumna Stephanie Peacock in the 800-meter freestyle, just one place off earning a place on the 2016 Olympic Team.
UNC's Top 25 Wins of 2015-16: No. 25-21
No. 23: Carolina 77, Syracuse 73 - Women's Basketball, Jan. 7, 2016: A disappointing season that was derailed by an injury to senior Xylina McDaniel had its high point on Jan. 7, when the Tar Heels knocked off eventual NCAA finalist Syracuse 77-73 at Carmichael Arena.
UNC 7th In Learfield Directors' Cup Final Standings
UNC finished seventh in the final 2015-16 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carolina’s 19th top-10 finish in the 23-year history of the award and the 17th time the Tar Heels led all ACC schools. The Directors’ Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men’s and 10 women’s programs per school.
Tar Heels Current & Past Excel At Olympic Trials
UNC senior Hellen Moffitt pulled off a difficult double on Monday at the Olympic Trials, swimming in the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke in the morning and the finals of the 100-meter butterfly in the evening. Meanwhile, 2014 Tar Heel alumna Stephanie Peacock broke her own school record in the 400-meter freestyle while earning a spot in the final of that event.
Hellen Moffitt Advances To 100 Fly Final At Olympic Trials
UNC senior Hellen Moffitt led a strong day of swimming by Tar Heel swimmers Sunday at the 2016 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center. Moffitt earned herself a spot in Monday night's final of the 100-meter butterfly where two competitors will earn a spot in the August 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Elissa Dawson Finishes Excellent Olympic Trials
UNC junior diver Elissa Dawson capped off an excellent performance at the 2016 U.S. Diving Olympic Trials Sunday at the IUPUI Natatorium. The Durham, N.C., native was consistent throughout the event while appearing in the three-meter women's springboard event. She was seventh after the semifinal round and seventh after the championship final concluded.
UNC diver Elissa Dawson reaches Olympic Trial finals
After competing over the last week, one of UNC's three divers has reached the finals for the US Olympic Trials. Elissa Dawson, a rising junior from Durham, North Carolina is currently ranked seventh in the women's solo 3-meter springboard competition.The event will be covered by NBC Sports beginning Sunday at 4:50 PM Eastern Time.