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Feb. 18, 2005

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team stands in second place after the third day of competition Friday (February 18) in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, which is being held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. UVa has scored 391 points and trails Maryland by 78 points after 14 of 20 events.

Maryland has won eight of 14 events and leads the ACC Championship with 469 points. Virginia stands second with 391 points. North Carolina is third with 336.50 points and Florida State is fourth with 313. Virginia Tech is fifth (242.50), followed by Georgia Tech (209.50), Clemson (160), Duke (142), NC State (141.50), and Miami (135).

The Cavaliers had a total of five swimmers compete in the 400 individual medley, including three in the championship final. Third-year Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) was Virginia’s top finisher in fourth place with a time of 4:18.44. Second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) turned in a time of 4:21.49 to finish seventh, while third-year Laura Mumper (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) was eighth with a time of 4:27.64. Both Gordon and Corgan bettered the NCAA “B” qualifying standard. In the consolation final of the 400 I.M., fourth-years Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) and Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) were 15th and 16th, respectively, with times of 4:30.10 and 4:33.46.

First-year Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) was UVa’s lone competitor in the 100 butterfly and she finished eighth with a season-best time of 55.98.

In the 200 freestyle, first-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) garnered All-ACC honors by tying for third place with a NCAA “B” and season-best time of 1:49.32. Second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) clocked a time of 1:49.70 to take sixth place. Third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) and fourth-year Laura Lipskis (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) competed in the consolation final of the 200 free and placed 13th and 14th overall with times of 1:51.17 and 1:51.21, respectively.

First-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) took fifth place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.99, while third-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was eighth (1:04.85). Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) competed in the consolation final and tied for 14th (1:04.51).

Virginia recorded its first event win of the ACC Championship when third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) touched first in the 100 backstroke with a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 53.44. White broke the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center pool record with her time. She previously set the mark with her prelim time of 53.61. It marks the third consecutive year White has taken the 100 back title at ACCs. Third-year Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) competed in the consolation finals of the 100 back and finished 10th in 57.32.

The Cavaliers finished third in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:42.30. The foursome of White, Steenrod, Glover, and Lewis swam legs on the medley relay.

The Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championship conclude Saturday (February 19), with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.

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