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Feb. 20, 2003


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Virginia women’s swimming and diving team stands in second place with 195 points after the first day of competition at the 25th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday (February 20) at Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The Cavaliers finished second in four of the six events contested Thursday evening.

Florida State grabbed the lead after six events with 207 points, while Virginia is second with 195 points. Maryland stands third with 193 points, while defending champion North Carolina is fourth with 183 points. Clemson is fifth with 115 points, followed by N.C. State (96), Duke (56) and Georgia Tech (55).

In the first event of the 2003 ACC Championships, UVa finished fourth in the 200 freestyle relay with a NCAA “B” time of 1:32.84. Second-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep), fourth-year Lindsey Crane (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) and third-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) swam legs on the relay. Florida State won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:31.91.

Georoff went on to earn runner-up honors in the 50 freestyle with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 22.74. Crane was 10th in the 50 free in 23.52 seconds, while Roller placed 16th in 24.09. UNC’s Christy Watkins won the 50 free in 22.67.

In the 500 freestyle, UVa first-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) was outtouched by Maryland’s Shandra Johnson for the title. Burke posted a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:44.26 with Johnson finishing just one one-hundredth of a second faster. Second-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) was sixth in the 500 free in 4:50.22, which bettered the NCAA “B” standard. Three-time ACC 500 free champion Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) won the consolation final with a time of 4:48.87, while Dykehouse was 10th overall in 4:50.44. Virginia third-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) was 12th (4:52.31), second-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) was 13th (4:53.59) and second-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) was 14th (4:54.10).

Fourth-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) placed second in the 200 individual medley after winning the title in 2000 and 2002. Bosevska touched in a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:00.67 to earn runner-up honors to Florida State’s Andree-Anne Leroy (1:59.59). Virginia first-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) took seventh place in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:03.40. First-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) was 15th in the 200 I.M. in 2:05.15.

UVa earned runners-up honors to Maryland in the 400 medley relay with a NCAA “B” time of 3:42.72. The Terrapins posted a time of 3:41.52. First-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) led off the relay with a 100 backstroke split of 54.35 to break her own school record of 54.82 set earlier in the season. Second-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon), Roller and Georoff also swam legs on the relay that registered a season-best time.

In the one-meter diving competition, fourth-year Alison Sharp (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock) was sixth for the second consecutive year with 260.60 points. Third-year Katie Prior (Dallas, Texas/Logos Academy) placed 13th (224.05 points). Florida State’s Chelsie Lerew won the one-meter title with 290.65 points.

The Virginia women continue competition in the 2003 ACC Championships Friday (February 21). Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals commence at 7:00 p.m.

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