WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
October 10, 2010
University of Miami junior Dana Hatic was named to the 54th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The honor roll, comprised of student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.00 or better, recognizes academic excellence by student-athletes.
The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer was one of three UM swimmers honored (Susan Smiddy and Hannah Kling were the other two). Twelve swimmers overall were on the honor roll.
The former High School Swimmer of the Year was the National Honor Society Project Coordinator at Coral Springs, her high school alma mater and Broward County Athletic Association Scholar Athlete.
LOCHTE LEADS U.S. WORLD SHORT COURSE TEAM
Floridian Ryan Lochte is among 37 of the nation’s top swimmers, including Natalie Coughlin, Aaron Piersol and Rebecca Soni will travel to Dubai to represent Team USA at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships, December 15-19.
The U.S. roster in Dubai will feature a total of 20 Olympians, including reigning Short Course World Champions Lochte.
Lochte, who lives in Gainesville and trains with Gregg Troy at his alma mater, University of Florida, earned four gold and two silver medals at the last Short Course World Championships in Manchester, England.
“I’m looking forward to swimming in Dubai, especially since it will be my first time in the United Arab Emirates,” Lochte said. “We have a really strong U.S. team that will compete at Short Course World Championships and it should be a great meet for the swimmers as well as the fans.”
World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will remain in the U.S. to train for the world championships in Shanghai, China and will not compete in Dubai.
This will be the first trip to the United Arab Emirates for a USA Swimming international team. The head coach for the men’s team in Dubai will be the University of Texas coach Eddie Reese while the women will be led by Cal Berkeley’s Teri McKeever.
The meet will also mark the first time the U.S. has sent a full roster to a Short Course World Championships since 2004 when the event was held in Indianapolis.
The U.S. swimmers selected to compete at the Short Course World Championships were chosen based on their performance at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, which were both held in Irvine, Calif., this past August.
The event in Dubai will be the 10th FINA Short Course World Championships, and event which has been held every two years since the inaugural Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 1993. This is the first time that the event will be held in the Middle East. The meet will take place at the Dubai Sports Complex, which is a new state-of-the-art aquatics venue.
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