Maryland Wins 2005 ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship
Feb. 19, 2005
ATLANTA, GA - The University of Maryland captured its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Title today. The 27th annual event was held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Maryland tallied 655 points in winning the Championship, while Virginia placed second with 590.5 points. North Carolina finished the meet in third place with 491 points, Florida State in fourth with 433, Virginia Tech in fifth with 357.5, Georgia Tech in sixth with 286.5, Clemson in seventh with 219, NC State in eighth with 194.5, Duke in ninth with 180 and Miami in tenth with 176.
Clemson's Kim Routh opened the evening with a 16:18.26 victory in the 1650-yard freestyle event. Maryland's Liz Lavell placed second with a 16:22.55 finish. Both Routh and Lavell swam NCAA automatic qualifying times in the event. Georgia Tech's Elizabeth Stowe took third-place honors with a time of 16:28.08.
Virginia's Brielle White successfully defended her title in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 1:57.67, completing her sweep of the backstroke events. Maryland's Megan Knepper was next to reach the wall, recording a time of 1:58.75. Florida State's Romy Altmann rounded out the medalists in the event with a time of 1:59.50.
Maryland's Chrissy Miller won the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA A-standard mark of 49.67. Florida State placed second, clocking a time of 50.05, while the Terrapins' Cynthia Weir garnered third-place honors with a time of 50.72.
North Carolina's Lizzy Bruce claimed first-place honors in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.73. She was followed to the wall by Maryland's Krisztina Kovacs, who recorded a 2:14.94 mark. Virginia Tech's Jessica Botzum finished in third-place with a time of 2:15.61.
Georgia Tech's Vesna Stojanovska won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.27, out-touching Florida State's Lindsay Kenney, who recorded a 1:59.92 second-place finish. North Carolina's Lindsey Marck clocked a 2:00.53 finish to place third.
The Maryland Terrapins won the final event of the Championship, capturing the 400-yard freestyle relay title. Knepper, Weir, Marina Mulyayeva and Miller clocked a time of 3:20.55.
Maryland's Chrissy Miller was named the 2005 Most Valuable Swimmer. The senior was a member of three winning Terrapin relays, while collecting two individual titles and one second-place finish. Miami's Jenna Dreyer was tabbed the 2005 Most Valuable Diver, having placed first on the one-meter board and finishing second in three-meter competition.
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