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UVA Women’s Swim & Dive: Championships, Degrees, & Olympic Gold

On Wednesday, April 7th, alumni, parents, and friends joined us to celebrate and recognize the history-making accomplishments of the UVA Women’s Swim and Dive Program. We heard from alumnae and current student-athletes about how UVA empowered them while on the road to championships, degrees, and gold medals.


  • Carla Williams, Director of UVA Athletics
  • Juli O’Reilly (CLAS ’86, PAR ’17, ’20), President of the Virginia Athletics Foundation Board of Trustees; UVA Women’s Swim & Dive Captain (1985 & 1986)
  • Members of the UVA Women’s Swim & Dive NCAA 2021 Championship Team:
    • Caroline Gmelich, ’21
    • Paige Madden, ’21
    • Jess Nava, ’22
    • Ella Nelson, ’23
    • Kyla Valls, ’21
    • Alexis Wenger, ’22
  • El Roberts (CLAS ’75) – 1973 Gold Medalist at the World University Games in Moscow
  • Leah Smith (CLAS ’17) – 2016 US Women’s Olympic Swimming Team Gold and Bronze Medalist

Get to know our panelists here!

Presented by UVA Clubs and Virginia Athletics Foundation