Florida State Claims First-Ever ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship
Feb. 18, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Florida State held off an early Virginia rally and picked up wins in three of the final four events on Saturday to claim its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.
The Seminoles finished with 596.5 points to top the second-place Cavaliers, who turned in 562. North Carolina was third with 517 points, while Virginia Tech was fourth with 409. Maryland finished fifth with 383 points, and was followed by Clemson (374), Miami (237), NC State (206.5), Georgia Tech (189), Duke (160) and Boston College (79). The four-day meet took place at Maryland's Campus Recreation Center Natatorium.
Florida State entered the day with a 415.5-375 lead over Virginia, but the Cavaliers won the first two events on Saturday to briefly take the lead. Rachael Burke got things started for UVa with a victory in the 1650 free, touching in 16:13.65, good for an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The title was Burke's second in the 1650 free, as she also took gold in 2003.
Clemson's Kim Routh followed with an NCAA A time of 16:17.21, while North Carolina's Nicole O'Donnell was third in 16:26.17. Ten swimmers in the event earned at least a provisional qualifying standard.
Now within 12.5 points of the Seminoles, Virginia seized the lead with Brielle White's win in the 200 back. White, a senior from Philadelphia, Pa., shattered her own conference and meet records in the event, touching in an NCAA A standard of 1:55.83. White, who won the event for the third consecutive season, would later be named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer.
Florida State's Romy Altmann also earned an NCAA A cut with her mark of 1:57.16 in the 200 back, while Clemson's Michelle Parkhurst punched her ticket to the national championships in Athens, Ga., with her time of 1:57.74.
The Seminoles started their decisive finish in the next event, with senior Carrie Ellis turning in an NCAA A standard of 49.46 to win the 100 free. Virginia Tech's Sara Smith followed her in second place with a provisional mark of 50.67, while Virginia's Jess Lewis touched third with a 50.72, also an NCAA B cut. Clemson's Rachel Regone provisionally qualified in the event with her 50.79 effort in fourth.
FSU freshman Georgia Holderness earned her first career ACC title in the 200 breast, as she touched in 2:14.06 for the win. Maryland's Krisztina Kovacs finished second in 2:14.60, while Virginia Tech's Jessica Boztum picked up the bronze medal in a time of 2:15.50. The top six finishers all posted NCAA B cuts.
North Carolina's Lindsey Marck gave the Tar Heels their third victory in the last four years in the 200 fly, as she was the only swimmer to post a sub-two minute time with a 1:59.17 effort. Florida State's Lindsay Kenney was second in 2:00.38, as she just touched out Duke's Katie Ness, who turned in a time of 2:00.39. North Carolina's Hannah Mein finished fourth in 2:01.48, giving each of the top four finishers NCAA B times.
Florida State closed out its first ACC title run with a victory in the 400 free relay. Christie Raleigh, Holderness, Kenney and Ellis teamed up to post a 3:21.54, locking up the team win. Virginia picked up the silver medal in the event, while North Carolina finished third. Maryland and Virginia Tech followed, with each of the top five teams posting NCAA provisional times.
Miami senior Melanie Rinaldi was named the meet's Most Valuable Diver at the post-meet awards ceremony. Rinaldi won the one-meter dive on Thursday, and took silver in the three-meter on Friday, just 1.20 points off the winning score.
The Hurricanes' Derek Starks was named the Men's Most Valuable Diver, after he won the one-meter on Friday and finished second in the three-meter on Thursday. The ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships resume at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium from Feb. 22-25.
Thursday, Feb. 16
Friday, Feb. 17
Saturday, Feb. 18
2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships All-Conference Performers
800 Free Relay
Men's Three-Meter Dive