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Wednesday November 13, 2013Dara Torres Named One of NCAA's 2014 Silver Anniversary Award Winners

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Nine-time NCAA Champion and  12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres has been named one of the six recipients of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award.


A 1999 University of Florida Hall of Fame inductee, Torres was a two-sport varsity letter winner at UF, competing in swimming for four years, and playing volleyball during her fifth year of school. As a Gator swimmer, Torres was a 28-time All-American, a nine-time NCAA national champion, a seven-time conference titlist and two-time SEC female swimmer of the year. In 1988, Torres was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year and SEC Athlete of the Year.

Torres is the first and only U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008). She has earned twelve Olympic medals: four gold, four silver, and four bronze. In 2008, she became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics, and she was the first woman in history to swim in the Olympics past the age of 40.


Torres graduated from Florida in 1990 with a degree in Telecommunications, and currently works as a TV sports commentator for a variety of networks. In addition, Torres volunteers her time as a Colon Cancer Spokesperson. Torres was a recipient of an Excellence in Cancer Awareness Award in 2012.


The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. The Honors Committee, comprised of representatives of NCAA member schools and nationally prominent former student-athletes, selects each year’s recipients.


Joining Torres in the 2014 class is Troy Aikman, Rodney Peete, Earl Martin Phalen, George Pyne and Katey Stone. The NCAA will recognize the honorees at the Honors Celebration during the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif.


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