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March 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three individual swimmers, two relays, and three divers from ACC teams scored points on the first day of action at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.
Five ACC teams are on the scoreboard after the first day, led by North Carolina in 14th place with 23 points. Miami is in 21st with nine points, followed by Florida State and Virginia Tech in 23rd with seven points. Virginia is in 26th with four points.
North Carolina junior Cari Blalock set a new ACC record in the 200 individual medley in 1:55.86, breaking the old mark of 1:56.17 set in 2009 by Virginia’s Megan Evo. Blalock, who placed fifth in the event at the ACC Championship in 1:58.49, dropped her time by almost three seconds to finish 10th in the country.
After entering the meet seeded 44th in the 500 freestyle, Tar Heel sophomore Danielle Siverling qualified for the championship final in sixth with a time of 4:38.39. Siverling improved upon her time in the finals and placed seventh in 4:37.57.
Florida State’s Tiffany Oliver became the fourth female swimmer in program history to score points in the 50 freestyle. The junior touched in 22.23 to place 10th and earn seven points for the Seminoles.
Two relay squads from the conference reached the finals on Thursday. In the first event of the night, Virginia’s Lauren Perdue, Rachel Naurath, Emily Lloyd, and Emily Dicus placed 15th in the 200 freestyle relay. The North Carolina team of Carly Smith, Katie Rechsteiner, Kathleen Nolan, and Lauren Earp finished in 15th in the 400 medley relay in 3:35.63.
Three ACC divers reached the consolation final in the 1-meter. Virginia Tech’s Kaylea Arnett placed 10th with a score of 326.60 in the finals. Miami teammates Carrie Dragland (314.20) and Kara McCormack (308.25) finished 12th and 13th, respectively.
All-America Honors are conferred upon those athletes who finish in the top eight of an individual or relay event at the NCAA Championship. Athletes who finish in places 9-16 in the consolation finals of individual or relay events receive Honorable Mention All-American recognition.
Friday’s action gets underway at 11 a.m. with preliminaries in the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 800 freestyle relay, and 3-meter diving. Finals in those events will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 6
1. Georgia 163
2. Tennessee 150.5
3. Arizona 127
4. California 102
5. Stanford 90.5
6. Southern Cal 90
7. Florida 74
8. Texas A&M 72
9. Texas 65
10. Minnesota 41
14. North Carolina 23
21. Miami (Fla.) 9
23. Florida St 7
23. Virginia Tech 7
26. Virginia 4