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Feb. 17, 2005


ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team stands in second place after the second day of competition Thursday (February 17) in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, which is being held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. UVa trails Maryland by 21 points despite not winning any of the seven events contested.

Maryland has won four events, including all three relays, and leads after seven of 20 events with 238 points. Virginia stands second with 217 points, just 21 points behind the Terps. North Carolina is third with 156 points, while Florida State is fourth with 140. Virginia Tech is fifth (125.50), followed by Clemson (110), Georgia Tech (100.50), Miami and NC State (90), and Duke (89).

In the opening event of the evening, the 500 free, UVa placed three swimmers in the top eight. Third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) led the Cavaliers with a fourth-place finish in a time of 4:46.78. Third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) placed fifth with a time of 4:51.52, while second-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) was eighth in a time of 4:54.29. All three swimmers posted season-best times with Burke and Gordon also meeting the NCAA “B qualifying standard. In the consolation final of the 500 free, fourth-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) was 16th overall with a time of 4:58.54.

In the 200 individual medley, first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) was the top qualifier from the preliminaries and finished third in the finals to capture All-ACC honors. Steenrod touched in a season-best and NCAA “B” time of 2:02.39 after clocking a time of 2:02.05 in the prelims. Second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) finished in fourth place with a time of 2:04.31, while second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville), was right behind Corgan in fifth place with a time of 2:04.35. Third-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) competed in the consolation finals of the 200 IM and placed 14th with a time of 2:05.79.

The Cavaliers had one swimmer qualify for the finals of the 50 free. First-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) touched in a season-best and NCAA “B” time of 23.39 to place sixth. She was just five hundredths of second behind the fourth place swimmer. UVa had three competitors in the consolation final of the 50 free. First-year Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) was 10th in a time of 23.73, while third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) finished 13th (23.92) and first-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) was 14th (23.95).

Virginia placed second in the 200 freestyle relay. The foursome of Bland, Glover, Bialas and Lewis turned in an NCAA “B” time of 1:32.17, the fourth fastest time in school history. Maryland won the relay with a time of 1:31.84.

The Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championship resume Friday (February 18), with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.

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