Virginia and Virginia Tech Win Relays on Day One

Feb. 20, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Virginia Tech and Virginia relay squads took home titles on the first day of the 2013 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Both teams posted automatic qualifying times and the Cavaliers set a new conference record.

On the strength of the one victory and a fourth place finish in the other event, Virginia grabbed the day one lead with 70 points. Virginia Tech sits in second with 66 points, followed by Miami and NC State with 64. Georgia Tech and Duke are tied with 52, with Boston College (44 points), Florida State (34), and North Carolina (26) rounding out the field through two events.

The Virginia Tech 200 medley relay team of Sabrina Benson, Alyssa Bodin, Heather Savage, and Katarina Filova won the first event of the meet with a program record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:38.30. Florida State finished second, just .01 seconds behind Virginia Tech, but was disqualified for an early takeoff on an exchange. Miami, NC State, and Virginia all finished within half of a second of the Hokies in a tight finish.

Virginia closed out the night by winning its sixth straight 800 free relay title  in 7:01.56  to set a new ACC conference record, breaking the old mark by almost 1.5 seconds. The Cavaliers and North Carolina were neck and neck before Ellen Williamson and anchor Lauren Perdue grabbed the lead and the title. Florida State and NC State finished in second and third place with new program records.

Both winning relay teams earned 2013 All-ACC honors with their victories.

The championship continues Thursday 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 1-meter diving prelims are scheduled for 3 :15 p.m., followed by the finals at 5 p.m. The women’s 3-meter prelims are at 1:00 p.m. with the finals at 7 p.m.

Live coverage of the finals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.