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Feb. 17, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The Virginia 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relay teams opened the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championship this evening (Wednesday, February 17) in historical fashion at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus. The Cavaliers set pool, championship meet, and conference records in both the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays.
Seniors Mei Christensen and Katherine McDonnell, sophomore Lauren Smart, and junior Hannah Davis paced the 200-yard medley relay field for Virginia in an ACC and pool-record time of 1:37.33. The squad's time eclipsed the conference and championship meet record set by Virginia in last season's championship meet by .17 seconds, as well as the Koury Natatorium record set by Florida State in 2007, and is a national qualifying "A" cut time. Christensen and McDonnell were members of last season's record-setting 200-yard medley relay team.
North Carolina--guided by freshman Carly Smith, sophomores Layne Brodie and Sarah Tanner, and junior Rebecca Kane--also came in under the previous pool record time (1:39.20), clocking in at 1:38.17, with a national qualifying "B" cut.
Additionally, Maryland (1:40.57), Clemson (1:40.85), Florida State (1:41.20), Duke (1:41.30), NC State (1:41.86), and Virginia Tech (1:42.59) each turned in national "B" cut qualifying times.
Virginia continued setting records in the 800-yard freestyle relay, as junior Jen Narum, sophomore Kelly Flynn, senior Jenna Harris, and freshman Lauren Perdue clocked a Koury Natatorium, ACC, and championship meet record 7:04.74. Virginia Tech (7:06.93), Florida State (7:10.13), North Carolina (7:10.64), and Maryland (7:11.34) also came in under the former pool record (7:14.38), set by the Tar Heels 2007. Virginia Tech, the Seminoles, Tar Heels, and Terrapins, as well as Georgia Tech (7:18.42), Clemson (7:20.16), and NC State (7:21.94) each clocked a national qualifying "B" cut.
Both winning relay teams secured All-ACC honors with their victories.
After one day of action, Virginia leads the standings with 80 points, and is followed by North Carolina (64) in second, Maryland (60) and Florida State (60) in third, Virginia Tech (56) in fifth, and Clemson (54), NC State (46), Georgia Tech (44), Duke (44), Miami (28), and Boston College (12).
The four-day championship continues tomorrow--Thursday, February 18--with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m. The men's three-meter and women's one-meter diving preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively, with finals starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Coverage can be seen live on theACC.com on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Patrick Kinas and Pat McNew have tomorrow evening's call. Follow all the 2010 Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships action at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-sd-championship.html.