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NCAA Div. I: North Carolina Women Defeat Rice -- October 28, 2000

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Oct. 28. The ninth-ranked University of North Carolina women's swimming and diving team bounced back from a season-opening loss at fourth-ranked Georgia to defeat Rice 201.5-83.5 in the Tar Heels' 2000-01 home opener at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium.

The meet was highlighted by an outstanding swim by junior Molly Sullivan in the 1650-yard freestyle as she posted a career best time of 16:32.19. That was also a consideration qualifying time for the 2001 NCAA Championships and it moved her into fourth place in the all-time UNC depth chart in the 1650 free. She passed Leslie Ramsey who had a time of 16:32.51 in 1994. UNC senior Lauren Silva also posted a consideration NCAA qualifying time in the same event with a time of 16:49.05.

Charlene Wong, a freshman from Greenville, N.C., had a career best swim in the 100-yard freestyle as she won that event 52.89 seconds. Wong's previous best time in that event was 24.41 seconds.

FINAL SCORE: NORTH CAROLINA 201.5, RICE 83.5.

All distances in yards with exception of diving events in which diving boards are measured in meters.

Event #1: 200-Yard Medley Relay
1. North Carolina (Heather Stiles 27.92, Becky Acker 30.73, Molly Freedman 27.32, Jennie Gardner 24.74), 1:50.71.
2. North Carolina (Gena Bittner 28.80, Beth Colacurcio 30.22, Kelly Weeks 28.46, Charlene Wong, 23.91), 1:51.39;
3. Rice (Katie Carey, 29.12, Beth Williams, 31.58, Elaine Lee 27.04, Mandy Mularz 23.98), 1:51.72;
4. Rice (Toni Ciffolilli 28.03, Amber Castleberg 31.51, Jada Sanders 27.78, Rachel Armstrong 23.70), 1:52.02);
DQ, North Carolina (Summer Mack 26.80, Katie Hathaway 29.60, Erika Acuff 25.28, Christy Watkins 24.54).

Event #2: 1650-Yard Freestyle
1. Molly Sullivan (UNC), 16:32,19*; 2. Lauren Silva (UNC), 16:49.05*; 3. Jackie Corcoran (RU), 17:16.79; 4. Leigh Sanders (UNC), 17;28.15; 5. Amanda Kline (UNC), 17:28.29; 6. Katie Scholl (RU), 17:36.01. Exhibition: Whitney Smith (UNC), 17:04.00.

Event #3: 200-Yard Freestyle
1. Rachel Armstrong (RU), 1:54.27; 2. Katie Scoggins (UNC), 1:54.72; 3. Charlene Wong (UNC), 1:55.12; 4. Molly Freedman (UNC), 1:55.98; 5. Margie Witter (UNC), 1:59.25; 6. Kim Maher (RU), 1:59.30. Exhibition: Katie Hathaway (UNC), 1:52.09.

Event #4: 100-Yard Backstroke
1. Heather Stiles (UNC), 58.35; 2. Laura Collier (UNC), 59.24; 3. Jordan Hollsten (RU), 1:00.66; 4. Sarah Givan (UNC), 1:01.19; 5. Erica Vrana (UNC), 1:02.03; 6. Katie Casey (RU), 1:02.74.

Event #5: 100-Yard Breaststroke
1. Becky Acker (UNC), 1:05.92; 2. Beth Colacurcio (UNC), 1:07.27; 3. JoAnn Overton (UNC), 1:08.62; 4. Beth Williams (RU), 1:08.64; 5. Amber Castleberg (RU), 1:09.12; 6. Toni Ciffolilli (RU), 1:09.19.

Event #6: 200-Yard Butterfly
1. Erika Acuff (UNC), 2:04.81; 2. Kristin Lozeau (UNC), 2:06.35; 3. Elaine Lee (RU), 2:07.45; 4. Jada Sanders (RU), 2:08.55; 5. Gena Bittner (UNC), 2:09.83; 6. Katie Scholl (RU), 2:12.14; 7. Janna Turner (UNC), 2:12.29. Exhibition: Katie Carey (RU), 2:27.61.

Event #7: 50-Yard Freestyle
1. Jessi Perruquet (UNC), 23.86; 2. Mandy Mularz (RU), 24.04; 3. Christy Watkins (UNC), 24.15; 4. Jennie Gardner (UNC), 25.30; 5. Jordan Hollsten (RU), 25.66; 6. Jackie Corcoran (RU), 25.77; DQ, Summer Mack (UNC). Exhibition: Beth Williams (RU), 25.34.

Event #8: Three-Meter Diving
1. Lindsay Waddell (UNC), 295.72; 2. Ashley Benner (UNC0, 268.05; 3. Jenny Goodman (UNC), 262.99; 4. Jennifer Rehm (UNC0, 262.05; 5. Elizabeth Misiti (UNC), 249.60.

Event #9: 100-Yard Freestyle
1. Charlene Wong (UNC), 52.89; 2. Rachel Armstrong (RU), 52.98; 3T. Mandy Mularz (RU), 53.76; 3T. Katie Scoggins (UNC), 53.76; 5. Kim Maher (RU), 54.46; 6. Jennie Gardner (UNC), 55.35; 7. Margie Witter (UNC), 55.52.

Event #10: 200-Yard Backstroke
1. Laura Collier (UNC), 2:04.98; 2. Leigh Sanders (UNC), 2:07.97; 3. Christy Watkins (UNC), 2:08.83; 4. Sarah Givan (UNC), 2:10.63; 5. Jordan Hollsten (RU), 2:13.35; 6. Jada Sanders (RU), 2:13.78; 7. Katie Carey (RU), 2:19.02.

Event #11: 200-Yard Breaststroke
1. Janna Turner (UNC), 2:24.12; 2. Kristin Lozeau (UNC), 2:25.34; 3. Beth Williams (RU), 2:25.97; 4. Amber Castleberg (RU), 2:27.44; 5. JoAnn Overton (UNC), 2:27.64; 6. Beth Colacurcio (UNC), 2:28.41; 7. Toni Ciffolilli (RU), 2:30.10; 8. Kim Maher (UNC), 2:32.55.

Event #12: 500-Yard Freestyle
1. Jessi Perruquet (UNC), 4:55.68; 2. Kelly Weeks (UNC), 5:07.92; 3. Katie Scholl (RU), 5:08.77; 4. Courtney Lewis (UNC), 5:10.03; 5. Jackie Corcoran (RU), 5:10.58; 6. Erica Vrana (UNC), 5:13.08; 7. Rachel Armstrong (RU), 5:13.11. Exhibition: Molly Freedman (UNC), 5:02.44.

Event #13: 100-Yard Butterfly
1. Melissa Fiss (UNC), 59.12; 2. Christy Watkins (UNC), 59.21; 3. Elaine Lee (RU), 59.23; 4. Gena Bittner (UNC), 59.54; 5. Lauren Silva (UNC), 1:02.99; 6. Katie Carey (RU), 1:04.02; Exhibition: Mandy Mularz (RU), 1:00.71; Katie Scholl (RU), 1:04.02.

Event #14: One-Meter Diving
1. Ashley Benner (UNC), 268.42; 2. Lindsay Waddell (UNC), 248.77; 3. Jenny Goodman (UNC0, 244.87; 4. Jennifer Rehm (UNC), 231.22; 5. Elizabeth Misiti (UNC), 223.57.

Event #15: 400-Yard Individual Medley
1. Beth Williams (RU), 4:32.50; 2. Toni Ciffolilli (RU), 4:37.68; 3. Jada Sanders (RU), 4:40.76; 4. Elaine Lee (RU), 4:42.34. Exhibition: Becky Acker (UNC), 4:30.34; Kristin Lozeau (UNC), 4:32.68; Heather Stiles (UNC), 4:40.59.

Event #16: 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Rice (Rachel Armstrong 25.00, Mandy Mularz 23.64, Kim Maher 24.73, Jordan Hollsten 25.01), 1:38.38;
DQ, North Carolina (Erika Acuff 23.97, Jessi Perruquet 23.90, Jenny Goodman 29.51, Charlene Wong 24.42), 1:41.80.
Exhibition: Rice (Katie Scholl 26.70, Toni Ciffolilli 25.71, Elaine Lee 25.29, Beth Williams 25.02), 1:42.72; North Carolina (Beth Colacurcio 25.76, Margie Witter 25.64, Lindsay Waddell 31.16, Christy Watkins 24.09), 1:46.65.

*2000-01 NCAA Consideration Qualifying Time

Records: North Carolina 1-1; Rice 0-2