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From Cape Town to Chapel Hill: UNC swimmer Craig Emslie transforms when he hits the water

When Craig Emslie races, he becomes a different person. Thirty minutes before every race, the junior breaststroker from Cape Town, South Africa puts his headphones on, turns up his music and enters a new state of mind. As his playlist shuffles between hip-hop, EDM and Afrikaans music, Emslie transforms from an outgoing, relaxed beach bum into a cold, calculating machine with only one goal: victory. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC athletes lend a helping hand during the holiday season

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a great reputation on the field, but they have been working to make a similar impact off it this winter. UNC freshman Tomon Fox, Mikey Bart, Jason Strowbridge and other members of the UNC football team helped the local Ronald McDonald House yesterday. (Carolina Blue)

Five UNC Student-Athletes Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Five North Carolina student-athletes were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society on Monday, recognizing the academic excellence they’ve achieved while competing at the highest levels in athletics. Less than one percent of college students nationally qualify for induction. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels' Graduation Success Rate At 82 Percent

UNC’s Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes for the incoming cohort of academic years 2006-2009 is 82 percent in data released today by the NCAA. Seven Carolina teams scored 100 percent in their respective GSRs, including women’s fencing, field hockey, women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and volleyball. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Student-Athletes Host Heeloween At Hospital

UNC student-athletes took Halloween cheer to UNC Children’s Hospital Monday for their annual Heeloween Party. Approximately 60 costumed Tar Heels participated throughout, helping to decorate the Pediatric Play Atrium and then host the party for young patients. Student-athletes also took patients trick-or-treating around the hospital. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Swimming Receives Verbal From Connecticut’s Brooke Perrotta

The UNC women’s swimming team has picked up an ace with the verbal commitment of Connecticut’s Brooke Perrotta. Perrotta told SwimSwam, “I chose The University of North Carolina because of all the great opportunities the school has to offer. Not only does UNC have a fantastic academic program, but also a great, dedicated swim team." (Swim Swam)

ACC Announces Sites For Eight 2016-17 Championships

The Atlantic Coast Conference has selected host locales and venues for eight of its 2016-17 league championships. Championship sites and dates announced on Tuesday are as follows and include several date changes from the original schedule released in July: ACC Baseball Championship, May 23-28 – Louisville Slugger Field; Louisville, Kentucky (The ACC)

Versatile Swimmer Alvin Jiang Commits to UNC Tar Heels

Lakeside Aquatic Club’s Alvin Jiang has verbally committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels‘ class of 2017. Jiang is a sprint weapon in all strokes but breaststroke, with his strongest events being the 100 back and 100 fly. In each of those events, he holds 2016 Winter Sr Nationals cuts in both short course yards and long course meters. (Swim Swam)

Tar Heels Teach And Learn With Coach For College

A bond stronger than a common love for the water developed this past summer in the Mekong Delta region of Southern Vietnam. It was here that four Tar Heel student-athletes, all of whom just so happen to share the element of water being included into their respective sports, participated in the ninth-annual Coach for College program. (GoHeels.com)

NC High School Champ Mary-O Soule Commits to UNC Swimming

Mary-O Soule of Asheville has committed to UNC swimming for the 2017-18 season. Soule is already in a position to add points for the Tar Heels at the conference level; she would have scored in the B finals of both the 200 fly and 400 IM at the 2016 ACC Championships. She will be joined by Caroline Hauder and Emma Cole in the UNC swimming class of 2017. (Swim Swam)

ACC pulls football title game, other championships from North Carolina due to HB2

The ACC followed musicians, the NBA and the NCAA on Wednesday, when the league announced that it would pull its football championship out of North Carolina due to the state's controversial House Bill 2. The ACC will move every championship event that isn't played on a college campus with football being the most high-profile and most impactful. (Syracuse.com)

Tar Heels Add 10 To Swimming & Diving Program

UNC swimming coach Rich DeSelm announced Tuesday the addition of 10 recent high school and junior college graduates to the program for the 2016-17 season. These student-athletes will enroll at UNC when the school year starts on Tuesday, August 23. The additions include four men’s swimmers and four women’s swimmers as well as two men’s divers. (Swim Swam)

UNC alum excited to coach US swimmers in open-water marathon contest

UNC alumna Catherine Vogt is in her eighth year as associated head coach at the University of Southern California. Prior to that, she coached for three seasons at UNC, where she was a standout distance swimmer in the late 1990s. Vogt coached in the Olympics before, but Rio marks her first time leading the way for a U.S. team. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC’s Olympic Firsts

Athletes and coaches from UNC have participated in most summer Olympic games since 1936. UNC’s first Olympian was Harry Williamson, who ran the 800 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. The first UNC alumnus to win a gold medal was a basketball player. A former UNC star did not win an individual gold medal until the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. (UNC.edu)

Recounting UNC’s Olympic gold medal history

North Carolina has had plenty of sporting success over the years. In addition to the many teams that have won national championships, UNC has sent dozens of athletes to the Olympics. Several of them have came away with gold medals. In all, Tar Heel athletes have won 35 gold medals. In 2016, 17 former UNC athletes have a chance to add to that total. (Tar Heel Blog)

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