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Born & Bred: The Next 50 Years

In 1997, 26 years after the first seven women’s athletics programs – basketball, field hockey, volleyball, fencing, swimming & diving, tennis and gymnastics – began play at UNC, was asked about Carolina being a "basketball school" or "football school." Smith remarked, "North Carolina is a women’s soccer school, we’re just trying to keep up." (Rams Club)

UNC Diver Anton Down-Jenkins Named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

North Carolina senior diver Anton Down-Jenkins, already decorated for his achievements in the pool, received an award for his achievements in the classroom Thursday, being named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. It’s been a year full of honors for Down-Jenkins, who competed at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, representing his native New Zealand. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Basketball & Football Updates, Dawson Garcia News, Emily Grund Interview

UNC topped Clemson for a much-needed road victory Tuesday (11:15) but also learned will not return to Carolina Basketball (7:04). UNC Diver Emily Grund tells her story of being diagnosed with Leukemia in September (36:48). Plus: Football news (1:28:35), ACCN Documentary on the ACC Tournament (1:35:43), and more. (Listen To Podcast)

My Story, My Words: Emily Grund

Three words that will forever change my life. "You have cancer." In less than 24 hours I went from being a strong, healthy, student-athlete on the UNC Swimming & Diving Team to cancer patient. First, a little history of how I wound up at UNC. I have been diving since the age of five. Years of practice and commitment to excellence took me all over the world. (

A golden era of Tar Heel swimming

This golden era, from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, saw UNC women's swimming and diving program flourish under the guidance of two young dynamic coaches – Jim Wood and Frank Comfort – and with them, Carolina competed, and finished, at the top of national competitions. is one of the most decorated athletes in UNC history. (

Carolina Leadership Academy Honors Tar Heel Standouts

The Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy identifies and recognizes top leaders each year with the Leader of Distinction Award. Eighteen Tar Heel student-athletes were selected for the honor for 2020-21, but with COVID limiting gatherings in the spring of 2021, Leadership Academy Executive Director Shelley Johnson had to get creative. (

UNC Swimming and Diving Enters COVID Protocols

The University of North Carolina swimming and diving program announced on Tuesday morning that its dual meet with NC State, scheduled for Friday in Chapel Hill, would be postponed due to COVID-related protocols within the North Carolina program. This meet was the first scheduled action for the swimming and diving program for the spring season. (

UNC To Host National Girls And Women In Sports Day Celebration On Feb 6

Young Tar Heel fans pre-K through eighth grade are invited to join the UNC women's sports teams for the 2022 UNC National Girls & Women in Sports Day, an annual event to highlight women's athletics at UNC. The NGWSD celebration is set for Feb. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Practice Complex on UNC's campus. There is no charge to participate. (

A Christmas Surprise: Swimming Scholarship in Honor of Former Coach Rich DeSelm

The DeSelm family were opening their presents around the Christmas tree last year when former UNC Swimming and Diving Coach was told by his wife, Tracy, and his two children, Grant and Claire, that they had one more surprise gift for him. But it wasn’t your typical Christmas gift. Instead, Tracy, Grant and Claire would be endowing a scholarship at Carolina. (Rams Club)

Sue Walsh Listed Among 100 Greatest Collegiate Swimmers & Divers

, one of the most decorated athletes to ever compete at UNC, has been named among the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association's 100 Greatest Swimmers & Divers of the past century. Walsh was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, held American records in multiple events, and won 10 national collegiate championships. (
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