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Monday Motivation: Leah Smith is really good at swimming

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Smith has successful outing at the FINA Short Course World Championships and basketball dominates ECU.

NCAA Basketball: East Carolina at Virginia
Quiet exam week as we near Christmas.
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It was a quiet week for Virginia athletics as the student-athletes entered the dark days also known as the exam break. The week wasn’t without winning, however.

Rapid Fire

-Incoming first year Lamont Atkins earned an impressive title on the gridiron:

Atkins will arrive on Grounds in the spring.

-Virginia Tennis head coach (and all around badass) picked up some hardware this week.

Congrats, Coach!

-In former golfer news, alum Ben Kohles went on a tear to finish his Web Dot Com Tour round:

-This is just too cool not to share:

Wahoo of the Week

Leah Smith participated in the FINA Short Course World Championships, picking up two gold medals and a silver. On top of that, her time in the Women’s 800m Freestyle earned her an American record.

Team of the Week

This was easy for several reasons this week.

  1. They beat ECU handily to get back to winning ways.
  2. No one else really played.
  3. Even during their exam “break” the Virginia Basketball team gave back to the Charlottesville community.

The Hoos accepted donations of new or lightly-used shoes at their annual Shoe Drive at Legends in Charlottesville. Check this out for more info:

On the court, Virginia had no problems with the Pirates of ECU as the Hoos cruised to a 76-53 victory, led by Kyle Guy’s 13 points (3-for-5 from three). Four other players reached double digits for Virginia: London Perrantes (12), Marial Shayok (12), Mamadi Diakite (12), and Jarred Reuter (10). Reuter went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to go with a team high four rebounds.

The Hoos shot 57% from the field and 43% from three for the game, while limiting ECU to 37% from the field. Virginia shared the ball well, assisting 22 of their 30 made baskets, including the first 18 of the game. Check out the highlights:

Next up, Virginia welcomes Robert Morris to Charlottesville for the Hoos’ final home non-conference game. Game tips at 4:30pm and will televised on ESPNU.

Go Hoos!