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Jan Ujevich Bellhy

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For Jan Ujevich Bellhy, being in water was as natural as walking down the street. Starting at the tender age of 11, she began swimming competitively and as a member of the Sewickley YMCA team, she won first place in the 50 yard freestyle at the Pennsylvania State YMCA championship meet and, one year later as a 12 year old, set two national YMCA records for the 11 to 12 year old girls in the 50 yard backstroke and the 200 yard individual medley. In April of 1974, Jan tied the national AAU record for her age group in the 50 meter freestyle and broke the 50 meter breaststroke record at Richmond, Virginia. Jan then joined the Pitt Aquatic Club and began competing in earnest in meets across the United States. As a member of the US traveling team, she competed in February of 1977 in Paris, France, and in December of 1977 in East Berlin, East Germany, where she won the gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke. Jan was also the WPIAL and PIAA champion in the two events, the 100 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter individual medley in the three years she participated (1976, 1977, and 1978). In 1975, she was a finalist in the World Championship Trials and a finalist at the Olympic Trials in 1976. She was an All State selection for three years and an AAU All American for four years. Jan continued her career first at the University of Florida and then at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was an MVP, Female Athlete of the Year, Big East MVP, and All American. Jan graduated Cum Laude from Pitt in 1983 and received her law degree from Duquesne University in 1987.