McCrory Ties Record with Fifth @ACCSwimDive Weekly Award
Tuesday February 4, 2014
NC State’s Boffa, Virginia’s Bartholomew and North Carolina’s Purdy also earn recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior diver Nick McCrory took home his fifth Atlantic Coast Conference swimming & diving recognition – tying a conference record – after his stellar performance this past weekend. Also earning conference honors for their outstanding performances in competition last week were NC State’s Jonathan Boffa, Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew and North Carolina’s Erin Purdy.
Duke’s McCrory captured his fifth Male Diver of the Week honor after he broke his own pool record on the 1-meter board with a score of 478.43. On the 3-meter board, the senior from Chapel Hill, N.C., recorded a score of 519.00 to break school and pool records. The scores eclipsed McCrory’s previous season highs, as he has the ACC’s best scores on the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events. The weekly award tally ties the current record set by Virginia swimmer Luke Anderson during the 2004-05 season. At the time that Anderson was competing, the ACC awarded one male athlete of the week honor. Prior to 2012-13 season, the coaches committee voted to expand the award selection to one Male Swimmer of the Week and one Male Diver of the Week.
NC State’s Boffa had a strong individual weekend. In NC State’s win first victory against Virginia since 1992 on Saturday, Boffa led the men’s squad with two first-place finishes and was also part of the 200 free relay team that set a pool record with a time of 1:19.60 to seal the win for the NC State men’s squad. He also met the time standard for an NCAA ‘B’ cut in four-of-six events individually. In total, Boffa posted six individual victories and was a part of two more relay wins. This marks the third time this season that Boffa has taken home Male Swimmer of the Week honors.
Virginia’s Bartholomew helped lead the Cavaliers to a 178.5-115.5 win at No. 21 NC State on Saturday, with two individual event wins. The sophomore from Holland, Mich., won the 100 back in 53.54 and the 200 back in 1:56.48, while also being a part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays that placed second in 1:40.82 and 1:33.07, respectively. Bartholomew owns the ACC’s top times this season in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. The award marks the second time this season that Bartholomew has been named the Female Swimmer of the Week.
North Carolina’s Purdy won four of four diving events in leading the Tar Heels to wins over No. 21 NC State, 167.5-126.5, and over Duke, 157-134. All four of Purdy’s victories came with NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores. She finished first in both diving events versus the Wolfpack, leading 1-2 UNC sweeps with teammate Kelly Corish in the meet. Against Duke, she took top honors in each event, scoring 267.68 in 1-meter and 300.60 in 3-meter.