Thank you for your posting.
Based on the information you present, with a strong application (essay, recommendations, interview, etc.), you would be a strong candidate at all your target schools. I emphasize that although you seem to have done everything well thus far, you have to make sure you close out this process with your application.
As for your recommendation, if they require two academic references then you have to follow their instructions. I know that academic references become more difficult the longer you have been out of school -- but when a school specifically states this as a requirement, this is exactly what they want.
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