Conference Records Fall on Day Three
Feb. 22, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Three record-breaking performances highlighted action on Friday at the 2013 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Virginia Tech's Heather Savage, the defending ACC champion in the 100 butterfly, saw her year-old conference record fall to Miami's Lucy Worrall (51.98) in Saturday's preliminaries. Savage exacted revenge in the finals, touching the wall in 51.78 to regain her record and defend her title over second place Worrall (52.25).
In men's diving action, Duke's Nick McCrory etched his name in the ACC record books with his sixth career overall diving championship. McCrory, who clinched the 3-meter with an ACC record score of 498.60, is now tied with NC State's Allyson Reid (1979-81) for the most individual championships by a diver in conference history. He will have the chance to claim the lead by himself on Saturday when he competes in the platform event.
Virginia sits in first place with 560 points through three days of competition. Virginia Tech (348), Florida State (340), NC State (322), Miami (288) and North Carolina (287) fill out the top six teams. Duke has 174 points in seventh place and is followed by Georgia Tech (122), Boston College (80), and Clemson (9).
Kaylea Arnett got the Virginia Tech women on the board first on Friday. The sophomore scored 327.70 to successfully defend her 1-meter title from last year. Carrie Dragland (313.65) earned silver, just beating out teammate Kara McCormack (313.35) in the third spot.
The momentum continued into the 400 medley relay for the Hokies. Sabrina Benson, Weronika Paluszek, Heather Savage, and Katarina Filova combined to finish in 3:34.31, an automatic qualifying time and the first 400 medley relay victory for Virginia Tech in the ACC.
Cari Blalock won the 400 individual medley (4:08.48) to claim her first ACC title and the first of the week for North Carolina. Virginia sophomore Shaun Casey (4:10.71) and Florida State junior Julia Henkel (4:12.39) earned the other two podium spots.
In the 200 freestyle, Virginia senior Lauren Perdue finished in an automatic qualifying time of 1:43.88, her 19th career conference title and second this week. It was her third title in the event, as she becomes just the third ACC woman to win the 200 freestyle three times.
Miami's Sofia Johansson touched in 1:00.03 in the 100 breaststroke to win the event for the third straight year. Duke junior Christine Wixted (1:00.49) and Virginia Tech's Pauluszek (1:00.78) earned All-ACC honors with second and third place finishes.
Freshman Courtney Bartholomew (52.25) defeated North Carolina junior Carly Smith (53.05) and NC State's Zina Grogg (53.42) in the final event of the night. The win was the eighth in the last 11 years in the event by a Virginia swimmer.
The last day of the championship starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly. Women's platform diving prelims and finals start at 1 p.m., with the men's platform prelims starting at 4:005 and finishing with the finals at 8 p.m. The swimming finals, including the 1650 freestyle, start at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals on Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.