Virginia Duo of Smith and Kolod Earn @ACCSwimDive Weekly Honors


Clemson’s Howard and Virginia Tech’s Hoisington also receive recognition

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The Virginia swimming and diving teams, which each defeated Pitt this past weekend, saw two student-athletes earn Atlantic Coast Conference Weekly honors, as Leah Smith and JB Kolod were cited for their performances. In addition, Clemson’s Emily Howard and Virginia Tech’s Nathan Hoisington earned weekly awards.

In the Virginia women’s 189-103 victory over ACC foe Pitt, Smith posted the nation’s fastest time in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:33.29, a new Virginia school and Aquatic and Fitness Center pool record. The freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., also swam in the 200 fly and 200 IM, events she rarely swims. The Female Swimmer of the Week award marks Smith’s second weekly award of the season, as she previously received honors on Jan. 21.

In the Virginia men’s 179-112 victory against the Panthers, Kolod won both diving events, breaking both the Virginia school and Aquatic and Fitness Center pool record on the 3-meter boards with a score of 428.10. The junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., also won the 1-meter event with a score of 379.73. This season, Kolod has registered one-meter and three-meter scores that each rank in the top three in the ACC, while his top platform score holds steady at fifth. Kolod’s performance earned him his first Male Diver of the Week award of the season.

Clemson’s Howard earned Female Diver of the Week honors, as she helped lead the Tigers to victories over James Madison and Davidson. The senior from Newtown, Pa., did her best work on the three-meter board, as she registered a mark of 319.50 to set a new school record. The score was Howard’s team-leading fourth qualifying score of the season and team-best fourth first-place finish. In the one-meter event, Howard posted a NCAA zone standard score of 289.30 for a second-place finish.

At the Virginia Tech Invitational, Virginia Tech’s Hoisington recorded the ACC’s 10th fastest 100 breast time of the season, as he registered a mark of 54.89. The time was enough to merit a NCAA ‘B’ cut standard and a first-place finish. In addition to his top finish in the 100 breast, the senior from Leawood, Kan., posted a first-place finish in the 200 breast event.