Prelims: Day 2 at Women's ACCs
ATLANTA – The Virginia women’s swimming team continued competition Thursday at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Cavaliers placed three swimmers in each final this evening.
Men’s 3-meter diving will take place at 2:45 p.m. Both the men’s and women’s diving events are taking place during the women’s championships.
Prelims opened with heats of the 500 freestyle and the Cavaliers placed three swimmers in the final with Rachel Naurath (4:41.78), Katya Bachrouche (4:43.36) and Anne Summer Myers (4:44.35) earning spots in that race. Meredith Perdue (4:48.96) will compete in the consolation final this evening. All of UVa’s times were NCAA ‘B’ standards.
Virginia will also have three swimmers in the final of the 200 individual medley in Claire Crippen (1:59.21), Liz Shaw (1:59.96) and Erika Stewart (2:00.02). Additionally, Amanda Faulkner will swim in the consolation final after posting a morning time of 2:01.72. All four times were NCAA ‘B’ marks.
Six Cavaliers earned spots in either the final or the consolation final of the 50 freestyle. Lauren Perdue tied her own school record during the morning session with a time of 22.16, also a NCAA ‘B’ mark. She will be joined by Emily Lloyd (22.72, ‘B’) and Hannah Davis (22.80, ‘B’) in the final. Kelly Flynn (23.02, ‘B’), Kristen Moores (23.15) and Meredith Cavalier (23.28) will swim in the consolation final.
“This is going to be an incredibly difficult challenge,” Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We are fully aware of what we are up against and if we don’t swim with an absolute sense of urgency we are going to find ourselves in a bad place come Saturday. Different teams have built themselves strong around different events and are chipping away at us in different places. Hopefully we can come back tonight and be better in the finals than we were in the preliminaries.”
Finals begin tonight at 7 p.m. and will be webcast on ACC Select. The 200 freestyle relay will also be contested tonight.