Cavaliers in Second Place after Day Two at ACC's
Feb. 16, 2001
After the second day of competition in the three-day ACC Swimming & Diving Championship, defending ACC Champion North Carolina holds a 112-point advantage over second-place Virginia. The Tar Heels dominated the second day of competition, taking three of the five individual championships and winning both relays. North Carolina has totaled 535 points, while Virginia has tallied 423 points. Clemson moved up from fifth to third place with 353 points, followed by Maryland in fourth place with 315 points. Florida State holds fifth place with 270 points, and NC State is in sixth place with 223 points. Duke rounds out the field with 108 points in seventh place.
In the night’s first event, North Carolina won the 200-yard medley relay. Tar Heel swimmers Christy Watkins, Katie Hathaway, Summer Mack and Erika Acuff won in an NCAA-automatic-qualifying time of 1:40.82. Clemson finished second in a time of 1:41.28, and Maryland claimed third with a time of 1:42.71.
In the 400-yard individual medley, each of the top three finishers turned in NCAA automatic qualifying times. Virginia sophomore Mirjana Bosevska won the event in 4:11.98, shattering her own pool record and establishing a new ACC meet record. North Carolina’s Erika Acuff, who won the 200 IM, finished second in a time of 4:14.18, and Cavalier Amy Baly finished third in 4:16.08.
Clemson’s Elise Thieler won the third event, the 100-yard butterfly, in 54.73. Maryland’s Bridget Mallon finished second in 55.00, follwed by Virginia’s Cynthia Roller in 55.52.
In the 200-yard freestyle, North Carolina freshman Jessi Perruquet set a new UVa pool record with a time of 1:47.67. Virginia’s Carlie Dykehouse finished second with a time of 1:49.66, and Maryland’s Kelly Bowman took third place in 1:49.84.
North Carolina junior Katie Hathaway set a UVa pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke, as she won the event in 1:01.64. Hathaway, whose time qualified her for the NCAA Championship, also won the event at the 2000 ACC Championship. Clemson’s Mandy Commons took second place in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:01.86, and North Carolina’s Becky Acker claimed third place in a time of 1:02.59.
North Carolina sophomore Christy Watkins won her second event of the championship as she edged Virginia’s Megan Iffland in the 100-yard backstroke. Watkins, who won the 50-yard freestyle last night, took first in a time of 55.10, while Iffland swam a time of 55.38. North Carolina’s Summer Mack finished third with a time of 55.41.
In the final event of the night, North Carolina won the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Kelly Weeks, Jessi Perruquet, Katie Kathaway and Erika Acuff set a new ACC record and UVa pool record time of 7:15.74. Virginia finished in second place in a time of 7:17.97, and NC State claimed third place in 7:25.66.
The ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship concludes Saturday, with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals starting at 7 p.m.
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