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Feb. 16, 2005


ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team stands in second place after the first of four days of competition Wednesday (February 16) in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, which is being held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. UVa finished second to Maryland in both the 800 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.

Maryland won both relays to take an early lead at the ACC Championship with 80 points. UVa is second with 68 points, while North Carolina is third with 64 points. Clemson is fourth with 52 points and Duke is fifth with 48 points. Miami (46), NC State (40), Florida State (30), Georgia Tech (28) and Virginia Tech (26) round out the field.

Virginia finished second in the 800 freestyle relay with a season-best and NCAA “B” time of 7:17.96. Third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep), second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville), fourth-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East), and first-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) each swam legs on the relay. The Terrapins won the relay with a conference record time of 7:13.29.

Maryland also won the 200 medley relay with the Cavaliers finishing as the runners-up. The Terps clocked a time of 1:40.98, while UVa was second with a season-low time of 1:41.54 (NCAA B). Third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) led off the relay with a time of 25.11 in the backstroke to give Virginia an early lead. Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) swam the breaststroke, first-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) swam the butterfly and first-year Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) swam the anchor freestyle leg.

The Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championship resume Thursday (February 17), with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.

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