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Feb. 21, 2003


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team won five events to jump into first place with 464 points after the second day of competition at the 25th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday (February 21) at Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

The Cavaliers lead the competition after 13 of 20 events with 464 points, while defending champion North Carolina is second with 376 points. Maryland stands third with 371 points, while Florida State is fourth (364). Clemson is fifth with 270 points, followed by Georgia Tech (168), Duke (165) and N.C. State (161).

The Cavaliers, who were seeded fourth, got off to a great start by tying with Clemson for the 200 medley relay title with identical times of 1:41.65. First-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) led off the relay, followed by third-year Rachael Schaffner (Vienna, Va./Bishop O’Connell), third-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and second-year Andrea Georoff (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep).

In the next event, the 400 individual medley, 2002 ACC Swimmer of the Year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) won her fourth consecutive title in the event by posting a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:13.14. She is just the second swimmer to win the 400 I.M. title four consecutive years. UNC’s Polly Winde won four 400 I.M. titles from 1983-1986. Third-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) took second in the 400 I.M. with a time of 4:16.11, while three other Cavaliers finished in the top eight. Fourth-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was fifth (4:19.47), first-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) was sixth (4:20.30) and second-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) took eighth place (4:22.09).

Roller captured her second ACC title of the evening by winning the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.59 seconds. Georoff, who also swam on UVa’s winning 200 medley relay with Roller, placed sixth in the 100 fly with a time of 55.35 seconds. Both Roller and Georoff met the NCAA “B” standard.

Cavalier swimmers finished fourth and fifth in the 200 freestyle. Third-year Carlie Dykehouse (Gainesville, Fla./Trinity Prep) touched in 1:49.66 to take fourth place after posting the top time in the preliminaries (1:47.61). First-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel), the runner-up in Thursday’s 500 free, placed fifth with a time of 1:50.59. Both UVa swimmers bettered the NCAA “B” qualifying time. Second-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) was 10th in the 200 free in 1:50.61. Maryland’s Shandra Johnson won the 200 free (1:47.17).

Second-year Coco Buck (Herndon, Va./Herndon), placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.49.

In the 100 backstroke, first-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), who broke her own school record in the prelims of the 100 back with a time of 54.01, won her first ACC title with a NCCA “A” time of 54.70. First-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) was eighth in the 100 back with a time of 57.21.

The Cavaliers claimed their fifth and final title of the evening by winning the session-ending 800 free relay with a time of 7:18.90. Burke, Bosevska, Gordon and Dykehouse swam legs on the winning relay.

The 2003 Women’s ACC Championships conclude Saturday (February 22) with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commence at 7:00 p.m.

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