June 26, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Former Virginia swimming standout and UVa volunteer assistant coach Matt McLean qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships U.S. squad Wednesday (June 26) at the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind.
McLean made the team by way of a third-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle and will swim as part of the U.S. 4x200m freestyle relay at the World Championships, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, July 28-August 4. McLean posted a time of 1:46.78, behind Ryan Lochte (1:45.97) and Conor Dwyer (1:46.25).
McLean will look for his fifth international gold medal in Barcelona. The 2011 UVa graduate was a member of the U.S. 4x200m free relay at the 2012 London Olympics that claimed first and was the anchor of the same relay at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in December. At the 2011 World University Games, McLean won two gold medals - in the 200m free and the 4x200m free relay.
The Sterling, Va., native graduated with a degree in sociology and is one of UVa's most decorated student-athletes. McLean won the 2011 NCAA Championship in the 500-yard freestyle and was a 15-time All-American at UVa. A 17-time Atlantic Coast Conference Champion, McLean was the ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
UVa at the U.S. National Championships
|Matt McLean||Class of 2011||Men's 200m Free||3rd (1:46.78)|
|Leah Smith||Incoming Freshman||Women's 200m Free||15th (2:00.47)|
|Kaitlyn Jones||Incoming Freshman||Women's 200m Back||33rd (2:18.57)|
|Robert Leasure||Incoming Freshman||Men's 200m Back||41st (2:08.69)|
|Leah Smith||Incoming Freshman||Women's 800 Free (Tuesday)||8th (8:36.04)|
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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