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UNC Finishes Sixth In Nation In Final Directors Cup Standings

The national champion women's lacrosse squad was one of eight Tar Heel teams to finish in the top 10 in NCAA Championship play this season to propel North Carolina to a sixth-place finish in the 2021-22 Directors' Cup. This is UNC's 23rd top-10 performance in the 28-year history of the Cup, its fourth time in the top six in the last seven competitions. (

How Emily Grund is overcoming cancer and working her way back to the pool

Emily Grund sat in an emergency room at UNC Hospitals, waiting for a doctor to come in and perform a bone marrow biopsy. She was alone, and she was crying. On Sept. 9, 2021, her life had spiraled out of her control. Some of her teammates on the UNC swimming and diving teams had noticed a bruise. Soon, bruises formed all over her body. (Daily Tar Heel)

Diver Emily Grund, Cancer Survivor, To Return To UNC This Fall

UNC senior diver Emily Grund has announced that she is a cancer survivor and that she will return to dive for UNC this fall. Grund was a three-time USA Diving Junior National Champion as well as an NCAA Qualifier in each of her first three seasons at UNC. She was diagnosed with rare cancer, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL), in September 2021. (Swim Swam)

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. (
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