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Spring 2018

Kwiatkowski Takes NCAA Honor

Matt Riley
Already No. 1 in college tennis, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Com ’17) is top 10 with the NCAA Honors Committee as well.

The NCAA annually recognizes “Today’s Top 10,” former student-athletes honored for achievements in their sport, the classroom and the community. Kwiatkowski won the 2017 national singles championship and led the Cavaliers to three consecutive team titles (2015-17) and the 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association indoor crown. He made four ACC all-academic teams and was twice Virginia’s scholar-athlete of the year.

Kwiatkowski joins just five other honorees from UVA—Richard Giusto (Col ’82, Law ’86), lacrosse; James Dombrowski (Col ’85, Educ ’91), football; Tiki Barber (Com ’97), football; Michael Fisher (Col ’97, Med ’02), soccer; and Peggy Boutilier (Col ’99, Educ ’99), lacrosse and field hockey. —Tom Robinson

Into the Hall of Fame

Jim Daves
Washington Nationals All-Star Ryan Zimmerman (Col ’06) and a dozen other former UVA baseball standouts and coaches joined Coach Brian O’Connor and his staff in January for the first UVA Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at JPJ. Others in the inaugural class include four-time World Series winner Javier Lopez (Col ’02), coaches Jim West and Dennis Womack, and Zimmerman teammate Sean Doolittle (Col ’08).

Alumna Levy to Lead U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team

Courtesy UNC Athletics
Former UVA lacrosse two-time All-American Jenny Levy (Col ’92) has been named the head coach for the U.S. women’s national team.

“I’ve had a lot of players involved with the [U.S. National] program throughout the years, so I’ve seen it from that perspective,” Levy says. “I’ve also been on the U.S. Lacrosse Board for the past two and a half years, and I just felt like the time was right.”
Levy, who played for two seasons on the U.S. national team, has served as the first and only head coach of women’s lacrosse at the University of North Carolina for 22 years. Her career record of 312-109 includes 19 NCAA tournament appearances, nine semifinal appearances and national championships in 2013 and 2016. At UVA, Levy helped the Cavaliers win their first women’s lacrosse NCAA championship, in 1991, where she earned the Most Outstanding Attacker honor.

“Part of my vision and intention in taking this job is trying to bring our sport to the next level,” Levy says. “U.S. Lacrosse has already done a lot of work with that … lacrosse needs more visibility. It needs to be an Olympic sport. We need more diversity in the sport and more opportunity.” —Anna Katherine Clemmons