Feb. 23, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Virginia women’s swimming and diving team finished second in the 23rd annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (February 23) at the University of Maryland Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. Virginia third-year All-American Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) was named the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmer. North Carolina won its third consecutive ACC Championship, 54.5 points ahead of the Cavaliers, who finished second for the third straight year.
North Carolina won the three-day meet with 686.5 points, while Virginia was second with 632 points. Florida State was third with 577 points, followed by Clemson (400.5), Maryland (392), N.C. State (306), Duke (247) and Georgia Tech (220).
Bosevska won three individual events and swam on a winning UVa relay in earning the meet’s Most Valuable Swimmer award. It marked the fourth consecutive year a UVa swimmer has been named the ACC Meet MVP (Cara Lane earned the honor in 2000 and 2001). In the third day of competition Saturday, Bosevska won the 200 butterfly in an NCAA automatic qualifying and pool record time of 1:58.77. She also won the 200 and 400 individual medleys and swam a leg on Virginia’s winning 800 free relay during the meet.
Third-year All-American Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) won her third consecutive 1650 freestyle title as she cruised to a 15 second victory with a time of 16:11.49, which betters the NCAA automatic standard. Second-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) and first-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) were fourth and fifth in the 1650 free with times of 16:35.18 and 16:38.37, respectively.
In addition to Bosevska winning the 200 butterfly, the Cavaliers had three other swimmers finish in the top eight. Second-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) was third with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:59.11. First-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) and Lane were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 fly. Wrenshall clocked a time of 2:02.16, while Lane finished in 2:02.66. The seventh-place finish by Lane marked the first time in nine tries that she did not win an ACC title.
In the 100 freestyle, UVa claimed fifth, sixth and seventh place. Fourth-year Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) led the three Cavalier finalists with a fifth place time of 50.42. First-years Carrie Ellis Valrico, Fla./Durant) and Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) were sixth and seventh with times of 50.62 and 50.76, respectively. In the 200 breaststroke, first-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon) touched in a time of 2:20.56 to finish eighth.
The Cavaliers took fourth place in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:21.85. Ellis, Georoff, Dykehouse and Roesch each swam legs on the 400 free relay.