ACC Women Finish NCAA Competition

March 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( - Atlantic Coast Conference teams completed competition on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.

Four conference teams finished in the top 25 in the nation, led by North Carolina in 12th, the best showing for the Tar Heels since 2001. Virginia earned 45 points for 18th, its sixth consecutive finish in the top 20. Miami was the third highest team from the conference, compiling 40 points and placing 20th. Virginia Tech was 24th with 26 points, followed by Florida State in 32nd with 12 points and NC State in 37th with four points.

ACC swimmers shined in the 200 butterfly on Saturday, with five individuals advancing to the finals. In the morning preliminaries, North Carolina's Meredith Hoover set a new conference record in the event in 1:54.47, breaking the old mark of 1:54.59 set by Virginia's Megan Evo in 2009.

Tar Heel teammate Cari Blalock (1:54.65) out-touched Hoover (1:54.75) in the finals to finish third in the nation with Hoover in fourth. North Carolina's Katie Nolan placed 10th in 1:55.23, followed by Virginia teammates Alison Haulsee (1:56.58) in 14th and Sarah White (1:58.04) in 16th.

Other ACC swimmers to earn All-America honors included Virginia's Courtney Bartholomew, who recorded a time of 1:52.72 in the 200 backstroke to finish 10th, and North Carolina's Jackie Rudolph (16:09.01) in the 1650 freestyle. Also garnering accolades was Kaitlyn Dressel, who swam 48.50 to become the first Florida State female to score points in the 100 freestyle since 2001.

Miami's Kara McCormack led four divers who scored points on the platform. McCormack scored 284.95 in the preliminaries to advance to the championship final, where she posted a 286.20 to place sixth. Virginia Tech's Kaylea Arnett (11th, 301.10), NC State's Hannah Hopkins (13th, 280.65), and Miami's Lindsay Lester (14th, 277.20) reached the consolation final. 

Virginia earned its third top-16 finish of the week in a relay in the final event of the meet. Lauren Perdue, Ellen Williamson, Emily Lloyd, and Emily Dicus went 3:19.06 in the 400 freestyle relay to place 16th.

ACC teams combined for 19 individual All-America performances in swimming and nine in diving at the championship. Six relay squads from the conference also earned accolades, and three new conference records were set.


Women Team Rankings Through Event 21

1. Georgia 477

2. California 393

3. Tennessee 325.5

4. Texas A&M 323.5

5. Arizona 311

6. Florida 305

7. Southern Cal 291

8. Stanford 246

9. Texas 186

10. Minnesota 141


12. North Carolina 102

18. Virginia 45

20. Miami (Fl) 40

24. Virginia Tech 26

32. Florida St 12

37. NC State 4