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Feb. 19, 2005


ATLANTA, Ga. – The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team placed second in the 2005 ACC Swimming and Diving Championship, which concluded Saturday (February 19) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. UVa finished second with 590.50 points and had its two-year run atop the ACC halted by Maryland, which won its first-ever ACC title with 655 points.

Maryland won 10 of 20 events, including all five relays, to take the ACC Championship with 655 points. Virginia finished second with 590.50 points. North Carolina was third with 491 points and Florida State took fourth with 433 points. Virginia Tech was fifth (357.50), followed by Georgia Tech (286.50), Clemson (219), NC State (194.50), Duke (180), and Miami (176).

In the opening event, the 1650 freestyle, 2004 ACC champion and third-year Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) was fourth with a NCAA “B” time of 16:30.71, while second-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) was fifth in a NCAA “B” time of 16:37.97. Fourth-year Katie McWilliams (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) also finaled in the mile with an eighth-place time of 16:43.86. Fourth-year Kate Wrenshall (Pittsburgh, Pa./Bolles School) was the fourth Cavalier to compete in the event and placed 15th with a time of 16:53.75.

Third-year Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) captured her second ACC title of the championship as she touched in a NCAA automatic and Georgia Tech pool record time of 1:57.67. White, who won the 100 back earlier in the meet, took her second straight ACC crown in the 200 back. Third-years Corey Berg (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) and Katie Gordon (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) joined White in the final and finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Berg clocked a time of 2:00.13, while Gordon registered a time of 2:00.87, with both times bettering the NCAA “B” qualifying standard.

UVa had two competitors in the 100 freestyle with first-year Jess Lewis (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) taking sixth place with a NCAA “B” time of 51.17. Second-year Katy Bland (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) posted a time of 51.41 in the consolation final and placed 13th overall.

In the 200 breaststroke, Virginia was represented in the finals by three swimmers with first-year Anna Steenrod (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) leading the way in a fourth-place time of 2:17.40. Second-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) turned in a sixth-place performance, while third-year Elaine Bennett (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) was eighth (2:18.85). Steenrod and Steiner bettered the NCAA “B” standard.

Bennett also competed in the next event, the 200 butterfly, and grabbed sixth-place with a time of 2:04.33. Second-year Erin Corgan (Marietta, Ga./Marist) was 14th in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.03.

In the final event of the championship, the 400 freestyle relay, Virginia placed third with a NCAA “B” time of 3:22.51. First-years Stephanie Glover (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and Amber Bialas (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood), Bland and Lewis combined to swim a NCAA “B” time of 3:22.51.

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