CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia senior swimmer Lauren Perdue was honored on National Girls and Women in Sports Day Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day brings national attention to the achievements of female athletes and to issues facing girls and women in sport. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Athletics Department and the University of Virginia Women's Center.
Perdue, a native of Greenville, N.C., won gold with the U.S. women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. Perdue became the first Virginia female swimmer to medal since Melanie Valerio won gold with the U.S. 4x100m free relay in 1996, and is only the third overall. American Wendy Weinberg earned bronze in the 800m free in 1976. Perdue was the fourth UVa swimmer to win gold, joining Matt McLean, Ed Moses and Valerio.
"Lauren Perdue is a deserving honoree for this year's 'National Girls and Women in Sports Day'," Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage said. "In addition to being a world-class athlete, she is a dedicated student and a wonderful representative of the University. I know our fans, especially young people, are going to enjoy meeting her before the game and joining us in recognizing her outstanding accomplishments at halftime."
In addition to her accomplishments in international competition, Perdue was the 2011 ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships . In 2010, she was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and ACC Swimmer of the Championships . She is a 12-time All-American and 17-time ACC champion and is the ACC and school record holder in the 100 and 200 freestyle events as well as the school record holder in the 50 freestyle .