No. 8 Virginia Begins Quest for Eighth-Consecutive ACC Championship Wednesday
Feb. 17, 2015
|2015 Women’s ACC Championships|
|Date||Wednesday-Saturday Feb. 18-21|
|Location||Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Tech Aquatic Center|
|Coverage||Championship Central (includes live results and ESPN3 links)|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Schedule of Events|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The No. 8 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team looks to claim an eighth-consecutive ACC Championship this week (Feb. 18-21) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The men’s divers, including senior JB Kolod (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and juniors Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.), Jordan Sacks (Wilmette, Ill.) and Colby Shinholser (Burtonsville, Md.), will compete as well in 1-meter, 3-meter and platform events.
ESPN3 will broadcast the finals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Live results will be available through VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers captured their seventh-consecutive and 12th overall ACC title in 2014 with 1,433 points, ahead of second-place North Carolina (1,205) and Florida State (972). Virginia won five individual events, all by returning student-athletes, including senior Ellen Williamson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) in the 100 fly, junior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.) in the 100 and 200 back and sophomore Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the 500 and 1,650 free.
Smith is currently ranked No. 1 in the country in the 500 and 1,650 free and sixth in the 200 free, while Bartholomew is No. 1 in the 100 back and third in the 200 back and 200 IM. Sophomore Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany) is No. 2 in the 200 breast and No. 4 in the 100 breast, while fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Jones (Newark, Del.) is ranked fourth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 400 IM. Williamson is sixth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 fly. Virginia is ranked in the top 10 in all five relays, including No. 1 in the 400 medley relay.
The action begins Wednesday with the women’s 3-meter diving (prelims at 10 a.m.), men’s 1-meter diving (prelims at 2 p.m.), 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. Finals for the four events begin at 5 p.m.
The meet will also signify the women’s swimming and diving matchup between Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash, sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics. There are one point at stake in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash, the new point rivalry series between University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The school that finishes higher in the meet will receive a point in the competition. Virginia leads the 2014-15 Commonwealth Clash, 5.5-2.5. Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at thecommonwealthclash.com.