Swimming & Diving NCAA ACCtion: Thursday, March 19
March 19, 2009
UVa's 400 Medley Relay Takes Sixth at NCAA Championships
The 400 medley relay team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Megan Evo and Kristen Wallace, who broke their own conference and school record this morning in the preliminaries, finished with a time of 3:33.11. It was the first time Virginia competed in the finals of any relay since the 2002 championships (200 free relay) and was the first All-American 400 medley relay since 2000.
Evo collected honorable mention All-America accolades with a 13th-place performance in the 200 individual medley, clocking a time of 1:57.50 in the event. It was her second career All-America performance after earning honorable mention honors in the 200 butterfly a year ago.
Four Tigers Earn All-America Honors at 2009 NCAA Championships
Regone led the Tigers with a 22.24 lead-off leg in the morning session, a school record. The Tigers entered the finals with the 14th-best time and finished 15th, as they clocked in at 1:30.17. The group had touched in at 1:29.56 in prelims, a school record.
The top-16 finish earns the group honorable All-America status and four points in the NCAA championships.
Whitney Sprague Snares ACC Record In 500-Yard Freestyle
It was the first time the senior from Bronxville, N.Y. has been a Top 8 finisher in the 500 free. She was a consolation finalist two years ago. In the preliminaries, Sprague regained the school record in the event she had held until just last month as she attained the sixth seed in the championship field with a time of 4:38.72, beating her own career best of 4:41.09. At the same time, she claimed the ACC record which teammate Katura Harvey had set at the ACC Championships last month at 4:39.12.
Sprague went on to finish seventh in the championship final to earn the Tar Heels 12 team points. She was not quite able to equal her morning swim, going 4:40.06, but that was still more than a second faster than her previous best coming into the meet.
Jenna Dreyer Finishes Eighth at NCAA Championships
Dreyer, a fifth-year senior from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was sidelined for the entire 2007-08 season with injury. But she has bounced back with an amazing work ethic and determination in 2008-09, to continue the diving tradition instilled at the University of Miami under head coach Randy Ableman.
Dreyer finished the finals of the 1-meter springboard with a score of 296.25 to collect her third All-America award at UM. She also received the award in 2005 and again in 2007 for the 1-meter event. She would finish as an honorable mention All-American on the 3-meter springboard in 2007.
Tech women complete first day at the NCAA Championships
In preliminary action, senior Sara Smith posted a time of 22.12 in the 50 free for the H2Okies, for a ninth-place showing. Smith posted the 11th-best time in the finals with a time of 22.29. The senior scored 5.5 points for the H2Okies.
Freshman Erika Hajnal competed in her first NCAA Championship this afternoon. Hajnal swam in the 500 free for Tech and touched in with a preliminary time of 4:43.25.
Johnston Opens Competition At NCAA Championships
Johnston participated in the one-meter in the first day of the meet, finishing 37th overall in this afternoon's preliminary competition with a six-dive score of 202.60.
Johnston is the first Duke diver to advance to the NCAA Championships