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Feb. 19, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Virginia freshman Lauren Perdue, Duke freshman Nick McCrory and sophomore Abby Johnston, and North Carolina sophomore Laura Moriarty each broke three records on the third day of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championship at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus. The quartet set new pool, championship meet, and league marks in their respective events. Additionally, the Cavaliers extended their lead in the team standings to 158 points.
Perdue won her second individual title of the meet with a 1:43.98 showing in the 200-yard freestyle. However, it was Perdue's 1:43.86 clocking in the preliminary round that broke a nine-year old pool record, set a new league standard, and qualified her for the NCAA championship.
Virginia Tech freshman Katarina Filova also came in under the former pool record, set by former Tar Heel Jessi Perruquet (1:46.54) in 2001, with a 1:45.75 showing.
McCrory's record-breaking performance in the one-meter dive (499.95) shattered the pool record by 122.65 points, and passed the championship meet and league records by 25.65 points.
McCrory placed ahead of Thursday's men's three-meter champion Terry Horner (431.70), a senior from Florida State, and Seminole junior Landon Marzullo (4:21.45).
Johnston, last night's women's one-meter champion, broke her own league record and the Koury pool record in the three-meter dive with a score of 439.70.
Moriarty paced the field in the 400-yard individual medley in a time of 4:07.66, setting pool, championship meet, and conference records, in addition to winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.93. Moriarty's pace in the 400 IM broke former Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans' 21-year old pool record, and broke both the league record set in last season's championship by Virginia junior Claire Crippen, who placed second in 4:09.59. Virginia Tech sophomore Erika Hajnal came in third (4:10.78), joining Crippen as a two-time All-ACC individual performer at the 2010 championship.
The Virginia 400-yard medley relay team broke its own championship meet record--set last season--and the pool record--set by Florida State in 2007--with a 3:32.97 mark. Christensen, senior Katherine McDonnell, sophomore Lauren Smart, and Perdue paced the field, while the Tar Heel squad finished second in 3:36.63, also under the former pool record.
Pool records continued to fall in the 100-yard butterfly at the hands Smart. Smart came in under the pool record in the preliminary round (52.78), then bested her own mark by winning the finals in 52.76. Tar Heel freshman Katie Nolan also finished under the former pool record in a time of 52.93.
The top-three participants in the 100-yard breaststroke each swam to national qualifying "A" cut finishes, with Christensen taking first place (52.09), followed by Tar Heel freshman Carly Smith (52.71) and Smart (52.84). The trio each came in under the former pool record (52.93), set by Christensen in January, in the prelims. Christensen clocked in at 52.11 in the prelims, and is the both the championship meet and league record holder in the event.
After day three of the championship, Virginia maintained its lead atop the team standings with 601 points. North Carolina stands in second with 443 points, and is followed Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Maryland with 363, 266.5, and 253 points, respectively. Duke (193) moved to sixth place after standing in seventh after day two, while NC State (181), which was in sixth place after day two, stands in seventh. Clemson (133.5), Georgia Tech (115.5), Miami (72.5), and Boston College (36) round out the order.
The final day of action can be seen live on theACC.com tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m. Patrick Kinas and Pat McNew have the call.