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Feb. 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Virginia Cavaliers and Florida State Seminoles grabbed two conference titles on Thursday at the 2013 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The Cavaliers claimed control of the lead behind eight podium finishes in four races and finished the day with 309 points. Florida State sits in second with 177 points after its two victories, and is followed by NC State and Virginia Tech with 166. Miami (159), North Carolina (113), Duke (107), Georgia Tech (79), Boston College (62), and Clemson (8) round out the field.
In the first race of the night, the NC State foursome of Hannah Freyman, Marifrances Henley, Allison Hendren, and Riki Bonnema won the 200 free relay in 1:29.60. Bonnema held off Florida State (1:29.76) and Virginia (1:29.82) to win the event for the Wolfpack for the first time since 1980. Both the Seminoles and NC State posted NCAA automatic qualifying times.
Florida State junior Ariel Rittenhouse got the first individual title for the Seminoles at the 2013 championships with a victory on the 3-meter springboard. Rittenhouse qualified in the second position and compiled a score of 369.55 to set a new school record and beat out Virginia Tech’s Kaylea Arnett (364.90) and Miami’s Carri Dragland (302.85).
Virginia grabbed control of the lead with a strong performance in the 500 yard freestyle. Kelly Offutt, Rachel Naurath, and Alison Haulsee swept the podium spots for the Cavaliers and led six Virginia swimmers that combined to earn 87 points in the event.
Five Cavaliers finished in the top six spots of the 200 individual medley finals, led by a victorious Ellen Williamson who became the fifth different Cavalier to win the event in the last six years. The trio of Williamson, Shaun Casey, and Sarah White combined for a second straight Virginia podium sweep.
Florida State junior Tiffany Oliver out-touched the field in the 50 free in 22.17 to win her first ACC title claim the second victory for the Seminoles on the day. Virginia’s Lauren Perdue (22.29) and Duke’s Lauren Weaver (22.34) finished in second and third to earn All-ACC honors.
In men’s diving action on Thursday evening, Duke’s Nick McCrory became only the fourth ACC male student-athlete to win the 1-meter springboard three times and the first to accomplish the feat since 1975-78. McCrory’s posted a 433.95 in the finals, ahead of Virginia Tech’s Logan Shinholser (413.50) and Florida State’s Tomas Neubacher (388.50).
The Chapel Hill, N.C., native has now won five ACC titles overall, matching an ACC record for men’s diving. McCrory is just one title shy of becoming the most decorated men’s diver in the history of the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.
The championship continues Friday at 11 a.m. with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke preliminaries, with the finals in those events on Friday night at 7 p.m. The men’s 3-meter diving prelims start 1 p.m. with the finals at 7 p.m. The women’s one-meter prelims are at 3:15 p.m. and the finals start at 5 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals on Friday and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.