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Sept. 18, 1997

UVa Names Bill Smyth Assistant Swimming Coach

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia head men's and women's swimming coach Mark Bernardino announced today that Bill Smyth has joined his staff as an assistant coach. A 1994 graduate of UVa, Smyth was a five-time All-American for the Cavaliers as a member of the swimming team. He won six ACC individual titles and still holds the school and conference records in the 400 yard individual medley (3:47.98).

"We are extremely excited that Bill has chosen to return to UVa and join our staff," said Bernardino. "Without question, he is one of the finest and most enthusiastic young coaches in the country. His experience as an athlete and his philosophy as a coach should enhance the continued development of the athletes on our team."

A native of Norristown, Pa., Smyth has served as an assistant coach for some of the top club teams in the nation since his graduation from Virginia. He spent time with the Jersey Wahoos and the Phoenix Swim Club, both of which sent swimmers to the 1996 Summer Olympics.

During his competitive days, Smyth was a finalist at the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 400 I.M., placing fifth. He won the ACC title in the 400 I.M. four times, and was named the MVP of the 1994 ACC Championship meet after winning both the 400 I.M. and the 200 back.

The Cavaliers enter the 1997-98 season coming off an extremely successful year. The men placed fourth in the ACC and 20th in the nation, while the women were third in the ACC and 28th in the country. Between the men's and women's teams, a total of 11 All-Americans return.

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