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Feb. 20, 2014


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GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team extended its lead on the second day of the ACC Championship Thursday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

After two days, the No. 7 Cavaliers lead with 516 points, ahead of second-place NC State (362) by 154 points. Florida State is third with 357, followed by North Carolina (346), Virginia Tech (273), Notre Dame (264.5), Duke (202), Miami (194.5), Pittsburgh (192.5), Georgia Tech (174.5), Boston College (98) and Clemson (17).

“Championships are won and lost in the morning preliminaries at both the conference and NCAA level,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “We swam extremely well this morning and that set us up for a successful evening. Leah Smith swam an absolutely incredible 500 and I thought our 200 free relay did an amazing job to start off the finals’ session.”

Freshman Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) set a new Virginia and ACC record in the 500 free, winning in a time of 4:34.35. That time is the fastest mark in the nation this year.

Sophomore Hanne Borgersen (Frederick, Md.) was fourth in a time of 4:40.37, the sixth-fastest time on UVa’s all-time list, while senior Caroline Kenney (Suwanee, Ga.) was sixth in 4:42.11. Juniors Kelly Offutt (Reisterstown, Md.) and Alison Haulsee (Glen Allen, Va.) were seventh and eighth in 4:42.86 and 4:46.38, respectively.

In the 200 IM, freshman Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) and junior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) earned All-ACC honors with a second and third-place finish in 1:57.18 and 1:57.24, respectively. Junior Shaun Casey (Port Orange, Fla.) placed fifth in 1:58.23 and sophomore Haley Durmer (Decatur, Ga.) touched sixth in 1:58.67. Sophomore Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) won the consolation final in 1:58.22.

The 200 free relay team of freshmen Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Ellen Thomas (Guildford, United Kingdom) and seniors Meredith Cavalier (Stafford, Va.) and Emily Lloyd (Severna Park, Md.) touched third in 1:29.35.

In the 50 free, Thomas won the consolation final in 22.38, the second-fastest mark on UVa’s all-time list. Lloyd was third in 22.54 and Rauth was fourth in 22.55, the fifth and sixth-fastest marks on Virginia’s all-time list.

On women’s 1-meter boards, sophomore Katie Warburg (Wilton, Conn.) placed 18th with 262.05 points.

In men’s 3-meter diving, junior JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa.) placed 5th with a score of 345.60 in the finals after a score of 415.25 in the prelims. Sophomore Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.) placed 14th with 334.45 points.

The action continues Friday (Feb. 21) with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. of the 400 medley relay, women’s 3-meter diving, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back events. Women’s 3m diving prelims start at 1 p.m., while the men’s 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at approximately 3:55 p.m.

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