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February 26, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Through one day and six events of the 1999 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Champions here Thursday, the University of Virginia holds a slim, three-point lead over Florida State. UVa has amassed 202 points to FSU’s 199 with defending champion North Carolina in third with 183.5 points.

UVa’s Austin Ramirez captured his third consecutive ACC title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of four minutes, 21.33 seconds, an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Ramirez now has five conference titles to his credit, having swept the 500 and 1650 freestyle events each of the past two seasons.

Doak Finch also defended his title in the 200-yard individual medley with an NCAA provisional time of 1:48.75. Finch, too, now has five ACC crowns.

FSU raced out to a six-point lead over Clemson after winning the first event – its sixth consecutive 200-yard freestyle relay title. However, with 54 points in the 500-yard freestyle, the Cavaliers vaulted from sixth to first after two events and led for the remainder of the evening.

Competition continues Friday and Saturday. Virginia, which captured the women’s title last weekend, is looking to sweep the ACCs for only the second time in school history. The Wahoos last accomplished the feat in 1990 – UVa’s last men’s title.

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