NCAA Swimming & Diving ACCtion: North Carolina's Peacock Claims Championship

March 19, 2012

Auburn, Ala. – Five ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving teams finished in the top 30 at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 15-17 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Three ACC teams finished in the top 20 for the second consecutive year.

2012 ACC champion Virginia led all league teams with a 17th place finish, accumulating 60 points. The Virginia Tech Hokies came in 18th place with 51 points, the highest finish in school history. North Carolina scored 44 points for 19th place, followed by Miami in 26th with 20 points. Florida State (30th, 15 points), NC State (34th, 12 points), and Maryland (36, 10 points) rounded out the field of ACC teams.

North Carolina sophomore Stephanie Peacock took home the first individual title for the Tar Heels since 2003, winning the 1650-yard freestyle in 15:38.79. She cut her conference-record time from the ACC Championships by more than seven seconds, and in the process set a new NCAA record that had previously stood for 22 years. She beat out the three-time defending champion in the event, Wendy Trott of Georgia, by .15 of a second to win the title.

Peacock also took home All-America honors in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 4:35.62 to finish in third. She also set a new conference record in the event in the prelims, finishing in 4:35.06.

Three Hokies earned All-America accolades, including junior Logan Kline (1-meter diving), Heather Savage (100-yard butterfly), and Kaylea Arnett (platform diving).

Other ACC swimmers to earn All-America honors were Virginia’s Ellen Williamson and Meredith Cavalier, who finished in sixth and eighth place, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke. Florida State sophomore Katrina Young and NC State junior Hannah Hopkins also were named All-Americans on the platform.