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March 22, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ten finalists highlighted action for ACC athletes on Friday at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.
North Carolina placed four swimmers in finals on Friday and sits in 13th with 61 points. Virginia is in 18th with 32 points, followed by Miami in 22nd with 24 points, Virginia Tech in 25th with 20, and Florida State in 30th with nine.
North Carolina’s Cari Blalock broke her second ACC record in as many days at the NCAA Championship. After setting the mark in the 200 individual medley on Thursday, the junior went 4:06.77 in the 400 IM preliminaries to break the old record set by Virginia’s Claire Crippen in 2011. Blalock finished in eighth in the finals in 4:07.58, and teammate Annie Harrison earned her first career All-America honors with a 16th place finish in 4:12.70.
Three ACC swimmers reached the finals in the 100 butterfly including two in the championship final. North Carolina’s Katie Nolan touched in 52.02 in fifth place, and Virginia Tech’s Heather Savage placed eighth in 52.14. Miami’s Lucy Worrall swam 52.37 for 13th place.
Virginia’s Lauren Perdue came in second in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle in 1:44.41, just ahead of North Carolina’s Danielle Siverling in third in 1:45.24.
Cavalier Courtney Bartholomew won the consolation final in the 100 backstroke in 51.63. The freshman lowered her time from the preliminaries by more than half a second to clinch ninth place, coming just .05 seconds off the conference record.
Two ACC divers advanced to the finals in the 3-meter. Miami’s Lindsay Lester scored 340.85 in preliminaries to clinch a spot in the championship final, where she placed eighth with 320.45. Virginia Tech’s Logan Kline tallied 325.35 points in the consolation final for 15th place.
Five different ACC divers have earned All-America honors in the first two days of competition.
Three ACC relays scored points in the last event of the night, the 800 freestyle relay. Virginia came in 11th in 7:04.60, followed by North Carolina in 14th in 7:07.15 and Florida State in 16th in 7:09.94.
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.
Saturday’s action gets underway at 11 a.m. with preliminaries in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, and platform diving. Finals in those events, plus the 1650 freestyle, will be streamed live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m.
Women Team Rankings Through Event 14
1. Georgia 300
2. California 285
3. Tennessee 263.5
4. Arizona 246
5. Texas A&M 216
6. Southern Cal 194
7. Stanford 189.5
8. Florida 189
9. Texas 115
10. Minnesota 99
13. North Carolina 61
18. Virginia 32
22. Miami (Fl) 24
25. Virginia Tech 20
30. Florida St 9