Each year, The Jefferson Trust awards two $2,500 IM Rec Awards to club athletic teams that excel in the areas of commitment, leadership and service to the community. One of this year’s winners, The Swim Club of the University of Virginia, also won the title of National Champions at the 2017 Collegiate Club Swimming and Diving National Championships held April 7-9 in Atlanta, Georgia. The National team that represented the University was composed of 58 of the team’s 132 members, who practice five times a week at the Aquatic & Fitness Center. Obviously, all of the practice has paid off. Led by highest scoring male swimmer and meet MVP, Henrik Pohlmann, the men’s team placed first by winning four out of five relays. The Women’s team, led by Kaleigh Rosenburg, placed second, earning the combined team first place, along with title of National Champion.
Coached by fourth year Adam Whitener and Andy Petters, who is a University Dean of Housing and Residence Life, the team is led by former and current presidents Anne Gent and Matthew Honnold. “We are very honored to receive the IM-Rec Club Sports Award. It is great to receive recognition for our tremendous growth in size and competitiveness, as well as our charitable and community involvement. The grant will be a tremendously important source of funding for our growing team, and enable us to provide more opportunities to our members,” stated Honnold.