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Feb. 18, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – Earning at least one spot on the podium in all six swimming events Friday and winning two, North Carolina reclaimed the lead at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Three swimmers raced to NCAA ‘A’ qualifying times, while Miami sophomore Sofia Johansson brought home the program’s first ACC swimming championship, winning the 100-yard breaststroke.
The Tar Heels now hold first place with 519 points. Defending ACC champion Virginia is second with 482, followed by Florida State holding in third with 294. Miami stayed at fourth with 269, while Maryland moved to fifth with 267 ahead of Virginia Tech at sixth with 232. Duke remained seventh with 164.5, while NC State took over sole possession of eighth with 114.5. Tied at 108 each are Georgia Tech and Clemson, while Boston College rounds out the field with 48.
In the first final of the day, Duke sophomore Nick McCrory, Thursday’s three-meter diving champion, claimed his second consecutive title in the one-meter, registering an NCAA Zone-qualifying mark of 440.30. The score bested his previous season high, which also led the conference. After taking second in the three-meter yesterday, Florida State senior Landon Marzullo also finished second in the one-meter, earning a ‘Zone’ score of 402.90. The Seminoles took two of the top three podium spots as senior Jordan Horsley placed third with 368.10 points.
Virginia senior Claire Crippen paced the field in the women’s 400-yard individual medley, recording an NCAA ‘A’-qualifying time of 4:07.29. The time was an ACC championship and conference best. North Carolina junior Laura Moriarty, the 2010 event champion, placed second with a 4:10.15, while Virginia Tech junior Erika Hajnal took third with a 4:10.96. Both posted ‘B’ times.
After setting a championship record in the preliminaries this morning, Maryland sophomore Megan Lafferty bested that time by five hundredths of a second in the finals to take top honors in the women’s 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 52.39. Miami senior Annika Saarnak finished second with a 52.78. North Carolina sophomore Katie Nolan rounded out the field in third with a 52.92. The top 11 finishers each earned ‘B’ cuts.
The Cavaliers picked up their second title of the night behind top-two finishes in the women’s 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Lauren Perdue tied her own championship meet and conference mark this morning in preliminaries with an ‘A’ cut, but improved upon her time by 13 hundredths of a second to win her second consecutive title in the event with a 1:43.73. Her teammate, freshman Rachel Naurath, clocked a 1:45.66 to take second, followed by North Carolina freshman Stephanie Peacock with a 1:46.35. Both times were ‘B’ qualifiers.
Miami sophomore Sofia Johansson captured the program’s first-ever ACC swimming title, winning the 100-yard breaststroke, registering a ‘B’ cut of 1:00.85. North Carolina swept the final two podium spots as junior teammates Layne Brodie and Laura Moriarty recorded marks of 1:00.93 and 1:01.26, respectively. The top 14 finishers all posted ‘B’ cuts.
Sophomore Carly Smith guided North Carolina to its first title of the night, claiming first place in the women’s 100-yard backstroke. She clocked an ‘A’ time of 52.39. Maryland senior Annie Fittin, who won last night’s 50-yard freestyle, finished second with a 53.25 and was joined on the podium by teammate Ginny Glover, a junior, who posted a 53.66. The duo also each met the ‘B’ qualifying standard.
Duke junior Abby Johnston successfully defended her title in women’s three-meter diving, collecting her third consecutive title. She posted a ‘Zone’-qualifying mark of 429.05. Miami junior Carrie Dragland took second with a 377.05, followed by Florida State junior Lisi Rowland with a 365.65. The order of finish was an exact match of last night’s one-meter event final standings.
North Carolina capped the night with a victory in the women’s 400-yard medley relay. Sophomores Carly Smith and Katie Nolan, junior Layne Brodie and senior Rebecca Kane clocked a ‘B’ time of 3:33.60 to pace the Tar Heels, setting a pool record. Virginia finished second with a time of 3:36.72, followed by Maryland at 3:37.21. Both were ‘B’ cuts.
The top-three finishers in each event and the winning relay team collected All-ACC accolades with their victories.
Championship action continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with preliminaries in the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly. Finals in those events, along with the 400-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m. Women’s platform diving preliminaries begin at 1 p.m., with the finals following immediately after. Three heats of the 1650-yard freestyle are scheduled for 4 p.m. Men’s platform diving preliminaries also start at 4 p.m., with the finals in the evening.
Live coverage of the final day of competition is available on the ACC Network on theACC.com Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Fans can also follow all of 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.