Cavaliers Win Both Relays on Day One of ACC Championships
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia women’s swimming team opened the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference championships in record-setting fashion, winning both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay Wednesday at Koury Natatorium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
After a long delay on the official results of the 800 free relay, it was determined by conference representatives that the Cavaliers had indeed won the race. Jen Narum, Kelly Flynn, Jenna Harris and Lauren Perdue clocked a time of 7:04.74, to set a conference, meet and pool record. The mark is also an NCAA ‘B’ standard.
That time broke Virginia’s old record of 7:05.72 set at the 2009 ACC Championships. Megan Evo, Liz Shaw, Kristen Wallace and Harris held the previous mark. The previous Koury Natatorium record of 7:14.38 was set by North Carolina in 2007.
The 200 medley relay team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Lauren Smart and Hannah Davis began the evening setting a conference, meet and pool record with an NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:37.33. That broke UVa’s previous record in the event, set at the league meet a year ago, when Christensen, McDonnell, Shaw and Wallace finished in 1:37.50. The previous pool mark of 1:39.20 was set by Florida State in 2007.
“It was awesome,” head coach Mark Bernardino said. “Each of the women had wonderful splits. We came here to win all five relays and we got off to a great start. We came here to make some NCAA cuts and we did that too. That set the tone for what hopefully will be a great meet for us.”
The second day of the women’s swimming and diving championships continues Thursday with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 200 free relay. Men’s 3-meter diving and women’s 1-meter diving will also take place. Prelims are slated for 11 a.m. with finals at 7 p.m. on ACC Select.
2010 Women’s ACC Championships
Through Event 2
|2. North Carolina||64|
|3. Florida State||60|
|5. Virginia Tech||56|
|7. NC StAte||46|
|8. Georgia Tech||44|
|11. Boston College||12|