Virginia Takes Lead After Day Two of 2011 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

Feb. 17, 2011

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ATLANTA, Ga. – Behind a record-setting victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay and four individual podium finishes, Virginia took over the lead at the 2011 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Second place North Carolina won two events, while Maryland and Duke each claimed one.

Through two days of events, Virginia leads with 263.5 points. North Carolina is second with 236, followed by Florida State in third with 195 and Miami in fourth with 159. Virginia Tech is fifth with 113.5, while Maryland is sixth with 113 and Duke is seventh with 105. Tied at eighth are Clemson and NC State with 73 each. Georgia Tech (61) and Boston College (30) round out the field at 10th and 11th, respectively.

Thursday’s finals started with women’s one-meter diving. Duke junior Abby Johnston registered a score of 361.85, besting her own ACC Championship record set last season en route to her second consecutive conference title. Miami junior Carrie Dragland earned a score of 329.10 to finish second, followed by Florida State junior Lisi Rowland in third with a score of 311.30. All eight divers in the finals qualified for NCAA Zone Championships.

North Carolina freshman Stephanie Peacock claimed top honors in the women’s 500-yard freestyle in historic fashion. Not only was her time of 4:36.86 an NCAA ‘A’ qualifying cut, it also set new ACC championship and conference records. Virginia senior Katya Bachrouche bested the championship record as well with a ‘B’ time of 4:39.09 to finish second. The Tar Heels secured two of the top three finishes as senior Katura Harvey took third with a time of 4:40.04. Harvey had previously held the championship record, setting it in 2009.

Junior Layne Brodie clinched the second consecutive event for the Tar Heels, posting a ‘B’ time of 1:57.56 in the women’s 200-yard individual medley. Her time was the fastest in the conference this season. Virginia took second and third, led by seniors Claire Crippen and Liz Shaw with times of 1:57.89 and 1:58.70, respectively. Fifteen swimmers competing in the finals earned ‘B’ cuts.

Maryland senior Annie Fittin claimed the program’s first ever title in the women’s 50 freestyle, recording a ‘B’ time of 22.11. The mark matched her preliminary time from this morning, which is the fastest in the ACC this season. Her teammate, sophomore Megan Lafferty, placed second, posting a time of 22.35. Virginia sophomore Lauren Perdue, the 2010 defending champion, rounded out the top three with a 22.38 clip. The top 13 finishers all posted ‘B’ times.

In the final event of the day, two-time defending champion Virginia won its third consecutive title in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay. The squad’s time of 1:29.21 topped the ACC championship record by four hundredths of a second and also set a Georgia Tech Aquatic Center record. Maryland placed second with a time of 1:29.69, followed by North Carolina in third at 1:30.09. The top five finishers all recorded ‘B’ cuts.

In men’s three-meter diving action, Duke sophomore Nick McCrory won his second-straight championship. His mark of 475.80 bested both the ACC championship and conference marks, which were set in 2009. McCrory also improved upon the conference’s season-best mark he already owned. Florida State senior Landon Marzullo finished second with 429 points, followed by Georgia Tech sophomore Brandon Makinson in third with 408.10.

The top-three finishers in each event and the winning relay team collected All-ACC accolades with their victories.

Championship action continues Friday at 11 a.m. with preliminaries in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke. Finals in those events, along with the 400-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m. The men’s one-meter diving preliminaries are scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by the finals at 5 p.m. Women’s three-meter diving prelims will start at 2:45 p.m., with the finals at 7 p.m.

Live coverage is available on the ACC Network on theACC.com Friday, and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Follow all the 2011 Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships action on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-swimming-diving-championship.html.