NCAA Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Friday, March 19

March 20, 2010

Trio of Cavaliers Pick Up All-America Honors at NCAA Meet
A trio of Cavaliers earned All-America accolades as the second night of finals was held Friday at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The meet, which runs through Saturday, is being held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

Through 14 events, Virginia holds eighth place with 110 points. Stanford leads the meet with 266.5 points, followed by Georgia (262.5) and Arizona (259.5).

Senior Mei Christensen earned the highest finish of her career with a fourth-place performance in the 100 back. She finished with a time of 52.12 in the event to tally the fourth individual All-America honor of her career.

Two Carolina Swimmers Place In The Top 16 At The 2010 NCAA Championships
The Carolina women are in 20th place with 27 points after day two of the 2010 NCAA Division-I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which are taking place in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Tar Heels had two individuals qualify for the finals session on Friday along with their 200-yard medley relay.

The women placed tenth in the 200-yard medley relay touching in a time of 1:38.60, almost a second faster than their morning swim of 1:39.43. Carly Smith led off the relay in a time of 25.00, followed by Layne Brodie who split the breaststroke leg in a time of 27.85, then Katie Nolan who went 23.59 for the butterfly leg, and Rebecca Kane anchored with freestyle in a time of 22.16.

Sophomore Laura Moriarty competed in the consolation finals of the 400-yard individual medley. Moriarty finished in 12th place with a time of 4:09.97.

H2Okies place 10th in relay; Hajnal, Filova among nations best in respective events
Sophomore sensation Erika Hajnal and freshman phenomenon Katarina Filova both broke their own Virginia Tech school records to post top-20 national finishes, while the 800 freestyle relay team earned a 10th-place finish on day two of the Women’s NCAA Championships at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Friday. The women sit in 21st with 26 points.

Hajnal posted her first NCAA top-10 finish, taking eighth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.83. Earlier in the day, she broke the school record in the preliminary competition with a seventh-place finish in 4:09.33.

Filova then led the women in the 200 freestyle with a 16th-place performance in 1:45.99. Like Hajnal, she too broke her own school record in preliminary competition, placing ninth in 1:45.25. Lauren Ritter and Kelly deMarrais posted respective 47th and 48th-place finishes in the 200 free in 1:48.18 and 1:48.30. Ritter’s time marked a season-best.

Clemson's Kelli Kyle Competes at NCAA Championships
Clemson sophomore Kelli Kyle competed for the Tigers Friday at the 2010 NCAA Championships at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center in Lafayette, IN. She participated in the 100 backstroke.

Kyle entered the day with the 22nd best time in the country after posting a career best 53.44 at the ACC Championships to rank her second in school history. She put in a time of 54.05 in the preliminaries to finish 30th, missing the finals for the event.

She will now prepare to compete in the 200 backstroke to be held Saturday. The prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals at 7:00 p.m.

Women's Nationals Day 2
The 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships resumed Friday, March 19 on the campus of Purdue University. Florida State swimmers Stephanie Sarandos and Charlotte Broadbent each competed in one event on the second day of the meet.

Sarandos, who finished 56th at last year’s meet in the 100 back, moved up to 38th place this time around with a time of 54.44 in the preliminary round.

Sophomore Broadbent, competing in her second event of the meet, finished 42nd in the 400 IM preliminary round with a time of 4:20.98.