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ACC honors Bakhtiar

Former UVA gridiron great Jim Bakhtiar (Col ’58, Med ’63) is now officially an ACC legend.

Bakhtiar was the ACC’s career rushing leader, totaling 2,434 yards in his three varsity seasons at UVA. He earned first-team All-America honors in 1957 and was the only ACC player to rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing for three seasons.

He and 11 others will be honored in a ceremony preceding the ACC championship game on Dec. 5.

The Midas touch

The gold keeps coming for rower Lindsay Shoop (Col ’03). At the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, she and fellow members of the U.S. women’s eight crew defended their 2008 Olympic title, giving Shoop four consecutive gold medals in world championships.

Coaches on a roll

Two UVA coaches chalked up significant wins this season to add luster to their records.

George Gelnovatch (Col ’87), in his 14th year as head soccer coach at UVA, chalked up his 200th career win when the Cavaliers defeated George Washington 2-1 on Sept. 22.

Head field hockey coach Michele Madison, in her fourth year at UVA, steered the Cavaliers to a 2-1 win against Providence on Sept. 4 for her 250th career victory. The team was undefeated through its first 11 games of the season.

Tennis pros score

Former UVA teammates Somdev Devvarman (Col ’08) and Teddy Angelinos (Col ’08) put together big wins this fall.

Devvarman led India to victory over South Africa in Davis Cup competition, giving India a spot in the 2010 Davis Cup World Group, its first such berth since 1998.

Angelinos won his first pro tournament, the 10K Futures Event in Kos, Greece, by beating former Arkansas All-American Adrians Zguns.