Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Weekend of January 8-10

Jan. 9, 2010

Tar Heels Continue Their Undefeated Conference Records
After a tough week of training in Sarasota, Fla., the Tar Heel swimmers and divers were back in Chapel Hill Saturday morning to take on the Clemson Tigers. The Tar Heel men continued their undefeated season making their record 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC. The women improved their record to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in the conference.

Both the women and men got off to a quick start going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay. For the UNC men, their first place time of 1:31.01 was a season best time.

The Tar Heel swimming teams showcased Carolina's depth in the distance freestyle events. Junior Ashley Miller touched first in the 1650-yard freestyle going a career best time of 16:40.88 which is a NCAA `B' qualifying time. Her teammates Katura Harvey, Katelyn Martin and Jackie Rudolph followed behind Miller in second, third and fourth, respectively. Freshman Jackie Rudolph also went a career best time of 17:10.00.

Terps Topple Rutgers
The Maryland women's swimming and diving team continued its hot streak Saturday, topping Rutgers, 167-129, at Eppley Recreation Natatorium.

The Terps (7-1, 3-1 ACC) started the day with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:44.61) courtesy of the team of Ginny Glover, Alex Hamilton, Addison Koelle and Laura Wright.

Kim Larson shaved seven seconds off her lifetime best time in the 1000 free, winning the event in 10:14.78. Glover and Wright followed Larson's performance with a first and second place showing in the 200 free while Lia Reich touched the wall fourth. 

UM Swimmers Finish Tri-Meet with Illinois and Nebraska
In the middle of three consecutive home meets, the University of Miami swimming & diving team completed its second meet in seven days on Friday, Jan. 8, facing Illinois and Nebraska in a tri-meet at the Norman A. Whitten University Center Pool in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Hurricanes opened the day with a third place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, completing a time of 1:49.98 behind the swims of Hannah Kling (leadoff), Sofia Johansson (second leg), Deidre Novotny (third leg) and Hagar Elgendy (anchor). Miami's second team of Roxanne Meyer, Dana Hatic, Erin Simpson and Kayla Smith enjoyed a time of 1:53.73.

Junior Annika Saarnak took second place in the 200-yard freestyle, touching at 1:53.70. For Saarnak, the second place finish marked her fifth top five finish of the year. Fellow junior Ryann Labreche touched at 1:55.64, giving her a fifth place finish overall.

Terps Edged by Navy
The Maryland men's swimming and diving team had a strong showing against an undefeated Navy squad Saturday.

Navy moved to 11-0 with a 160-129 win against the Terps.

Andrew Relihan led the Terps with a pair of first-place finishes in the 200 back (1:51.57) and 200 IM (1:54.00). He also finished third in the 200 free (1:42.15).