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April 11, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. - Old Dominion University's Sidni Hoxha (Tirane, Albania) was named the 2013 CAA Swimmer of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches. Hoxha was the only CAA swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where he competed in the 50 and 100 free. He now becomes only the second ODU athlete to be named CAA Swimmer of the Year, joining three-time winner Arni Arnason.

At the NCAA Championships in March, Hoxha placed 18th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 19.67 and finished 29th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.48.

Hoxha was honored as the Co-Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at the 2013 CAA Championships after winning five medals, setting four school records and posting two NCAA B-cut times. Hoxha won the 50 freestyle for the third year in a row with a time of 19.78 after setting a new meet record of 19.60 in the prelims. He also posted a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.17 and was a member of the Monarchs' third-place 800 freestyle relay team. Hoxha set a new CAA record this season in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.43.

Hoxha has competed in the Olympics twice, first in Beijing in 2008, followed by his most recent involvement in the 2012 Olympics in London. Hoxha opened some eyes at the London Olympics, capturing the top time in his heat and finishing in 37th overall.

The son of Shpetim and Albene Hoxha, Sidni comes from a line of impeccable athletes. His father was a great tennis player in his day, ranking at No.3 in Albania. Hoxha's grandfather was also involved in sports, playing for Albania's national soccer team. Not only does Sidni work hard in the pool but he also works hard in the classroom pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.

In 2010, Hoxha was named the CAA Rookie of the Year.

David Sanchez (Drexel) was selected as the 2013 CAA Diver of the Year. Joining Hoxha and Sanchez for 2013 award winners in men's swimming and diving was William & Mary freshman Will Manion (Haddonfield, N.J.), who was selected as the CAA Men's Rookie Swimmer of the Year. UNCW's Dave Allen was voted the CAA Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the ninth time and Drexel's Katryn Valladares was selected as the CAA Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time.

Be sure to follow the Old Dominion Swimming and Diving team on their Twitter name: @ODUSwimDive and also on Facebook

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