Virginia Maintains Lead at 2010 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship

Feb. 18, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- One night after Virginia broke pool, championship meet, and conference records in two separate relays, the Cavalier 200-yard freestyle relay team set pool and championship meet records at Koury Natatorium on the second day of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championships on the University of North Carolina campus. Duke sophomore Abby Johnston also broke pool and championship records in the women's one-meter dive.

The Cavaliers maintained their lead atop the championship standings through two days of the four-day championship, currently holding a 75-point advantage over second-place North Carolina.

Virginia senior Mei Christensen, freshman Lauren Perdue, sophomore Kelly Flynn, and junior Hannah Davis swam to victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay, setting Koury Natatorium pool and ACC championship meet records in the process. The quartet posted a 1:29.25 national "B" cut qualifying time, and was followed by All-ACC relay squads Maryland (1:30.05), North Carolina (1:30.10), and Florida State (1:30.69), which each finished under the former pool record, set by Clemson in 2007.

Johnston broke both the Koury pool and championship meet records with a 358.25 performance en route to winning the women's one-meter dive. Terrapin sophomore Alisa Kurbatova and Florida State junior Katherine Adham finished behind Johnston with scores of 337.35 and 309.95, respectively, qualifying for the NCAA zone diving championships.

Five performers turned in Koury record-breaking times in the 200-yard individual medley, but it was Cavalier junior Amanda Faulkner who paced the field in a 1:57.89 clocking. North Carolina sophomore Layne Brodie (1:58.77), Virginia juniors Claire Crippen (1:58.79) and Liz Shaw (1:59.26), and senior Katherine McDonnell (2:00.18) each broke the former pool record (2:00.27), held by current Tar Heel sophomore Marie Pesacreta, set earlier this season. Each clocked "B" cut times.

Finals action began with the men's three-meter dive where Seminole senior Terry Horner won the event with a score of 458.40, good for both the highest score in the conference this season and an NCAA zone qualifying mark. Duke freshman Nick McCrory (453.05) and Miami senior defending champion Reuben Ross (424.45) followed in second and third place, respectively, earning All-ACC honors as well as zone qualifying marks. Despite his third-place finish, Ross is still the ACC record holder in the three-meter dive.

Virginia Tech sophomore Erika Hajnal paced the 500-yard freestyle field in an ACC season-best time of 4:40.03. Hajnal was followed in second place by Virginia junior Katya Bachrouche (4:41.25) and in third place by North Carolina junior Katura Harvey (4:43.73). The trio each clocked national qualifying "B" cut times and garnered All-ACC recognition.

Perdue won an individual title in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.29, coming in just two-tenths of a second off the pool-record pace, and bettering her standing season-best time. Christensen joined Perdue with All-ACC honors, coming in third place in 22.49, while Tar Heel junior Rebecca Kane placed second in a time of 22.41, as each secured national "B" cut qualifying times.

The top-three competitors in each event and first-place relay teams each earn All-ACC accolades throughout the championships.

After two days of action, Virginia holds the top spot with 300 points, followed by North Carolina with 225 points. After sitting in a tie for third place with Maryland after the first day of competition, Florida State sits alone in third place with 202 points. Virginia Tech jumped one slot from fifth place to fourth place (144.5), while Maryland fell to fifth place (133). NC State (108) and Duke (106) each moved up one slot to sixth and seventh, respectively, while Clemson fell to eighth place (89). Georgia Tech (70), Miami 46.5), and Boston College (24) round out the standings through day two of competition.

The four-day championship continues tomorrow--Friday, February 19--with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals starting at 7 p.m. The men's three-meter diving finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Coverage can be seen live on theACC.com tomorrow and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Evan Lepler 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.