June 11, 2007
Six Virginia student-athletes were named to the Academic All-State team, as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) today. Andrew Dumm (men's track/cross country), Sarah Kirkwood (volleyball), Meghan O'Leary (softball), Pat Mellors (men's swimming), Ben Rubeor (men's lacrosse), and Leah Wigger (women's golf) were honored by the organization for their performances both in the classroom and in competition.
Dumm, a foreign affairs major from Fairfax, Va., was named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend the 2007-2008 academic year studying in Jordan. The 2006 ACC champion in the 5K, Dumm earned All-Regional honors in cross country in 2006 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10K after earning All-ACC honors in that event in 2007. A Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Dumm was named to the Academic All-American District 3 first team by CoSIDA.
Kirkwood, a fourth-year biology major from Tampa, Fla., was named to the 2006 CoSIDA Academic All-America Volleyball First Team after being named to the 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-America Volleyball Second Team. A captain and three-year starter, Kirkwood earned 2006 AVCA All-East Region honorable mention honors and was named to the 2006 All-ACC Second team. An outside hitter, she led Virginia in 2006 with 3.80 kills per game (334 in 88 games) and led the ACC with 0.64 service aces per game (56 aces in 88 games). The only player in ACC history with 1000 career kills as a sophomore, Kirkwood was the 2006-07 Student Athlete Advisory Committee VP (3-year member) and a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
O'Leary, a fourth-year sociology major from Baton Rouge, was a two-year starter in softball and earned two letters (2003 and 2004) in volleyball. She was the starter in center field in 2007 and at third base in 2006 (started 15 games at third in 2007). A Fourth-Year Class Council Trustee, O'Leary also was a council leader for Student Athlete Mentor program and was a member of a number of honor societies, including Virginia's Raven Society as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International Honor Society. A Jefferson Scholar, O'Leary was a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
Mellors, a third-year from Pittsburgh, Pa. was chosen the 2007 ACC Swimmer of the Year. A foreign affairs major, he shattered two ACC records--200 I.M., 400 I.M.--at the NCAA Championships in March and earned first-team All-American accolades in each event. At this year's ACC Championships he won his third consecutive conference title in the 200 I.M and the 400 I.M. and was a member of the Cavaliers' 800 free relay team that won the conference title, setting a new conference record in the process.
Rubeor, a third-year English Language and Literature major from Towson, was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and a first-team All-American as an attackman. He was the team's leading scorer this season and finished ranked sixth nationally in goals (46) and total points (68). He is the first Cavalier attackman named to the first team as a junior since Conor Gill in 2001.
Wigger, a fourth-year psychology major from Louisville, is a three-time All-American who earned second-team honors as a junior and senior. She is a four-time All-ACC selection and was named to the CoSIDA All-District III Academic All-American team in 2007. She was the titleist at Georgia's Liz Murphey Invitational in 2007.
To be eligible, student-athletes were required to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. The student must have achieved sophomore status, and he or she could not have been in the first season of competition at their current school.
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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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