Virginia Continues to Lead after Second Day of ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 19, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Virginia earned two individual titles during the second day of the 2009 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday night. North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Miami tallied the other three individual titles awarded during the evening session at Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center. Virginia leads the team race with 292 points over North Carolina in second with 220 and Virginia Tech in third with 172.
In the 500 free, the evening’s first event, North Carolina’s Ketura Harvey set a new ACC record in 4:39.12. All eight finalists earned NCAA “B” cut times in the event. Virginia Tech freshman Erika Hajnal finished second in 4:40.30 and Virginia’s Jen Narum took the bronze with a time of 4:40.64.
Virginia’s Megan Evo won the 200 IM with an ACC record breaking time of 1:56.17. Joining Evo on the podium was North Carolina’s Layne Brodie (1:57.68) and Virginia’s Katherine McDonnell (1:57.82). The top seven finishers earned NCAA consideration times.
Virginia Tech’s Sara Smith defended her 2008 gold medal in the 50 free with a winning time of 22.14 seconds. Her time in the finals failed to eclipse her ACC record time which she set in the prelims of 21.96 seconds. Clemson’s Rachel Regone earned silver (22.35) and North Carolina’s Rebecca Kane took bronze (22.41).
Miami swept the top two places in the 1-m diving event. Brittany Viola took first (341.85) and Jenna Dryer (333.70) took second place for the Hurricanes. Maryland’s Alisa Kurbatova also finished on the podium with a score of 333.05.
In the night’s final event, Virginia won the 200 free relay with another new league record. The Wahoos touched the wall in 1:29.33. Clemson took second (1:29.70) and Virginia Tech earned third place in 1:29.73. The top five relay teams all broke the previous league record which was set at last year’s league championship.
The ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will continue on Friday 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.