NCAA ACCtion: Duke's Johnston, Miami's Viola Claim Titles at 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

March 20, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas - Five Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving teams finished in the top 23 at the 2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 17-19 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. 2011 ACC champion Virginia led all league teams with a 13th-place finish, accumulating 105 points.

Miami placed 16th with 67 points, followed by Duke at 19th with 54 and Maryland at 22nd with 42. North Carolina rounded out the field in a tie for 23rd with 40 points.

Junior Abby Johnston became Duke's first women's individual swimming & diving national champion, taking top honors in the three-meter dive with a score of 409.35. She was the only diver to surpass 400 points on the three-meter springboard and received the highest points awarded on her first dive of the finals.

Miami senior Brittany Viola clinched her second NCAA individual title in the 10-meter platform dive with a score of 354.25. She also won the event in 2008. The victory marked Miami's third diving championship in the last five years. Viola began her final dives by recording the highest scoring dive for any competitor in the finals.