Virginia Wins Seventh ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship
Feb. 21, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD – Virginia won its seventh ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday night at Maryland’s Eppley Recreation Center. The title is the second consecutive win for the Cavaliers and the third separate back-to-back run of titles for Virginia. Virginia's Mei Christensen was named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer while Miami's Brittany Viola took home Most Valuable Diver honors. Overall, 15 of the 18 ACC Swimming records fell in the meet while 17 meet records also succumbed to the onslaught of speed.
Duke's Ashley Twichell won the 1650 free with an ACC meet record time of 15:56.50. North Carolina's Katura Harvey finished second while Virginia Tech's Erika Hajnal took third place. The win for Duke gave the Blue Devils their second gold of the meet and marked the first time since 1981 that Duke had won multiple events in the same ACC Championship.
Christensen re-set her ACC record which she posted in the prelims of the 200 Back with an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:52.22. Michelle Parkhurst from Clemson finished second while Florida State's Stephanie Sarandos took third place. In the 100 Free, Virginia Tech's Sarah Smith took first place in 48.39 seconds. In Saturday's prelims, Smith broke the ACC record in 48.10. Smith was flanked on the medal stand by North Carolina's Rebecca Kane in second and Virginia's Kristen Wallace in third.
North Carolina's Layne Brodie capped her meet with a league record in the 200 Breast. She touched the wall in 2:10.04, breaking the old record by a tenth of a second. The Tar Heels went one-two with Laura Moriarty finishing in second, while Virginia's Katherine McDonnell took third place honors. Maryland's Jen Vogel captured the lone gold for the hosts with a win in the 200 Fly. She finished in 1:55.81. Virginia's Megan Evo took second place after breaking the league record in the prelims (1:54.59). Liz Shaw, also from Virginia, took third place.
Miami's Viola won her second diving title on the platform with a five-dive total of 361.85. Joining her on the medal stand was NC State's Kristin Davies and Florida State's Katie Sirounis.
Virginia closed out the meet with yet another league record, this time in the 400 Free Relay. The Cavaliers touched the wall in 3:18.22, besting the Cavaliers' league record set earlier in the season. Virginia Tech finished second while North Carolina took third place.
Virginia won the meet with 848 team points, followed by North Carolina (602.5) and Virginia Tech (451). Finishing fourth was Florida State (398.5), followed by host Maryland (332), Duke (307), Clemson (302) and Miami (219). NC State finished in a tie for ninth with Georgia Tech at 166 points, followed by Boston College (64).