NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Saturday, March 20

March 21, 2010

ACC Teams in Final Points Standings
9.  Virginia, 151
20. North Carolina, 42
24. Virginia Tech, 26
T25. Maryland, 24
T28. Duke, 21
44. Florida State, 4

Virginia Places Ninth at NCAA Championships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Virginia women's swimming team placed ninth at the 2010 NCAA Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Cavaliers finished with 151 points, just two away from eighth-place Auburn (153). Florida won the team title with 382 points, followed by Stanford (379.5) and California (363).

It was just the third top-10 finish for the Cavaliers in school history, and the highest since the 1988 squad placed seventh. Virginia improved three spots from its 12th-place showing a year ago.

The Cavaliers concluded the NCAA Championships with 12 national accolades, including eight All-America and four honorable mention All-America honors. That is the most since the 2003 squad compiled 13 national honors.

Four Virginia seniors - Mei Christensen, Jenna Harris, Katherine McDonnell and Jen Narum - concluded their collegiate careers at these championships. They will go down as one of the most successful classes in school history after being the first to leave with three conference championships.

Christensen wrapped up her outstanding career with a fifth-place performance in the 200 back, touching in 1:52.75, her fastest time of the season. The Reston, Va., native leaves Virginia as the school and conference record holder in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, in addition to being a five-time individual All-American in those events. She was the ACC Swimmer of the Year in 2009.

Perdue, a freshman from Greenville, N.C., finished 15th in the 100 free to conclude her first NCAA Championships as a three-time individual All-American. She broke her own school record earlier in the day during preliminaries (48.61) and touched at 49.00 in the final. Earlier in the week she placed fifth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free.

Carolina Women Place 20th At The 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sophomore Laura Moriarty earned first-team All-America honors Saturday night in the 200-yard breaststroke as the University of North Carolina finished 20th in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center at Purdue University. Freshman Carly Smith also earned her second Top 15 individual finish of the meet in the 200-yard backstroke.

Carolina ended the meet in 20th place as a team with 42 points.

Sophomore Laura Moriarty competed in the championship final of the 200-yard breaststroke finishing in eighth place with a time of 2:10.82, but she went a career best time of 2:09.60 in the preliminaries Saturday. Moriarty broke both her previous school and ACC record of 2:09.94 set at the ACC Championships.

Katura Harvey swam the 1650-yard freestyle Saturday, finishing in a time of 16:25.43. Carly Smith competed in the consolation heat of the 200-yard backstroke and finished in 15th place in a time of 1:55.22.

Lady H2Okies wrap up NCAA Championships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lady H2Okies finished up the 2010 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships with a 24th-place finish, earning 26 points. With three individual competitors on the final day, the H2Okies’ highest finish came from sophomore Erika Hajnal, who finished 30th in the 1650 free, clocking in at 16:25.00.

Also competing in the 1650 free was junior Lauren Ritter. Ritter earned a 35th-place finish at the Championships with a time of 16:34.29.

The Lady H2Okies’ final competitor was freshman Katarina Filova, who finished the 100 free in 49.80, good for 39th-place.

Hajnal also finished eighth in the 400 IM on Friday, earning All-American status. Filova took 14th in the 200 freestyle on day two. Hajnal and Filova also teamed with Kelly deMarrais and Lauren Ritter to earn a 10th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay on Friday.

Twichell, Johnston Close Out NCAA Championships

West Lafayette, Ind. – Ashley Twichell and Abby Johnston closed out their seasons on Saturday at 2010 Women’s NCAA Championships, but not before pushing Duke Swimming and Diving more squarely into the national spotlight.

Last year, at the NCAA Championships, Johnston and Twichell combined to earn the Duke women’s program 33rd place in the nation. Now a year later, those same individuals have led Duke to its best national finish under head coach Dan Colella. The pair accounted for 21 points which was enough to push Duke to a 28th-place finish among all teams. With the help of diving coach Drew Johansen, it seems that Colella is quickly molding Duke into a national contender just as he did with the Tennessee women between 1993 and 2005.

On Saturday, Twichell competed in the 1650 freestyle surrounded by high expectations as the sixth-fastest seed. But in the 1650 free there are no prelims and no second chances, meaning swimmers only have one shot to post the nation’s top time. Seeded at a 16:02.48, a time she set at the ACC Championships, Twichell was poised to break into the top-three in the event. However, whereas at ACCs Twichell’s 50 splits were all around 29-mid, her Saturday splits were closer to 29-high. Over the course of such a long race, the difference accumulated quickly and Twichell swam to a 16:09.65 finish. All said and done, the junior from Fayetteville, N.Y. took 14th place in the nation, an improvement on her 23rd-place finish last year.

Johnston wrapped up her 2010 NCAA experience on the diving platform. The sophomore posted a score of 224.20 to take 25th place in the nation. Johnston’s best performances came earlier in the week, garnering All-American honors en route to a fourth-place finish on the one-meter board and a 14th-place finish in the three-meter discipline.

FSU's Sarandos Reaches NCAA Finals

The 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships concluded Saturday, March 20 on the campus of Purdue University but not before Florida State swimmer Stephanie Sarandos earned the highest event finish of her career, 13th place in the 200 back.

Sarandos, who finished 25th in the 200 back at last year's meet, moved up to 12th place this with a time of 1:54.70 in the preliminary round. In the finals she fell to 13th place with a time of 1:54.83.

Also competing on Saturday were freshman Marissa Harrington and sophomore Charlotte Broadbent. Both competed in the 1650 where Harrington came in 28th and Broadbent came in 34th, their highest finishes of the meet.

Clemson Women's Swimming and Diving Completes NCAA Championships

LAFAYETTE, IN - Clemson's Kelli Kyle finished competition at the NCAA Championships at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center on Saturday. The University of Florida won the national championship with 382 points.

Kyle competed in the 200 back, an event in which she ranks third in Clemson history. She finished 50th in the event with a time of 2:00.29.

Maryland information not available