Virginia Has Record-Breaking Opening Day at ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 18, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Virginia opened the 2009 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships by breaking ACC records in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relays on Wednesday night at Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium. With two events in the books, Virginia leads the way with 80 points followed by North Carolina (66), Florida State (60) and Virginia Tech (60).
The evening started with the 200 medley relay where Virginia set a new conference record and secured an NCAA “A” cut in a time of 1:37.50. Virginia Tech clocked in for second place in 1:38.56, also besting the previous league record and posting an NCAA “B” cut time. Earning the bronze medal was North Carolina with an NCAA “B” mark of 1:38.99. Four other schools, Maryland, Florida State, Clemson and Duke, posted NCAA consideration times in the event.
The final event of Wednesday evening was the 800 free relay where Virginia shattered the ACC record. The Cavaliers clocked in at 7:05.72, topping the previous record by over a second and a half. Overall, the top six teams earned NCAA “B” cut times. Finishing second was North Carolina in 7:08.07. Florida State came in third with a time of 7:10.42.
The ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will continue on Thursday with a full day of action. Preliminary rounds begin at 11 a.m., followed by men’s diving finals starting at 5:30 p.m. The women’s swimming finals start at 7 p.m. Live video streaming of the finals will start at 5:30 p.m. on ACC Select. For more information, please visit www.ACCSelect.com.