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August 2016

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finished 22nd in cross country, and set program records by tying for eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and placing seventh at NCAA Out- door Championships. 6 With ties to Virginia are rowing at the Olym- pics Aug. 6-13, which makes it the sport most represented by Cavaliers in Rio: former row- ers Grainger (women's eight), Roper (women's eight) and Janssen (women's quad), men's club rower Miller (men's four), and former UVA softball and volleyball player O'Leary (women's double sculls) will all compete, while head coach Sauer will be an assistant for the U.S. team. 1908 Was the first time that a former Virginia athlete won an Olym- pic medal — James Rector earned a silver in the 100-meter dash at that year's Summer Games in London. NUMBERS, CONT. August 1990 — For the only time ever in the ACC preseason poll voted on by media at the league's an- nual media day(s), Virginia comes out on top, thanks to 23 first-place votes. The Cavaliers went 8-4 (5-2 ACC) to tie for second in the conference and ranked 23rd in the final Associated Press poll. Aug. 14-28, 2004 — Basketball legend Dawn Staley helps America win its third straight Olympic gold medal with a 74-63 win over Australia. The guard was a part of the winning squad at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Games, and was named the 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, in addition to being se- lected to carry the American flag during the opening ceremony of the Athens Games. She later transitioned into coaching, assisting the 2008 squad to another gold in Beijing, and she is on the staff again this year. July 27-Aug. 12, 2012 — UVA athletes earned a trio of gold medals at the last Summer Olympics. Former swimmers Lauren Perdue and Matt McLean were both part of gold medal-winning 4x200-meter relays in London, while soccer star Becky Sauerbrunn helped the U.S. win on the pitch. The Cavs led all ACC schools with three gold medals won for America, and only 10 schools were credited were more medals for Team USA. UVA HISTORY "I'm excited, thrilled and encouraged after what I've seen so far. I like my team a lot. I like their work ethic, I like their diligence, their toughness. "Holy cow, we've asked a lot of them." — First-year football coach Bronco Mendenhall at ACC Kickoff in late July "We are excited to welcome Coach Hardin to the University of Virginia. It's clear Jo is one of the bright stars in col- lege softball. "The success she's experienced at all levels of coaching is fueled with an en- thusiastic and positive approach. Her energy is contagious, and she's com- mitted to developing student-athletes in all facets of university life." — Athletics director Craig Littlepage on the hiring of Joanna Hardin as the softball coach (she went 79-34 in two seasons leading McNeese State, includ- ing a 43-14 mark and Southland Confer- ence regular-season and tournament titles in 2016) HOO'S TALKING

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