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NCAA Div. I Women: Florida State Takes the Lead on Day One of ACC Champs -- February 21, 2003

CHAPEL HILL, NC, February 20. BOBBY Bowden is smiling and all's right with the world.

Bowden, the venerble Florida State University football coach, says he's "just so proud " of the Lady Seminoles' swimming and diving team tonight after FSU raced to a 207-195 advantage over Virginia on opening day of the 24th annual Atlantic Coast Conference women's swimming and diving championships.

The meet is underway at North Carolina's Koury Natatorium and continues through Saturday.

Maryland's Terrapins stand third with 185 points and Coach Frank COmfort's Lady Tar Heels -- treble-defending champs -- are next (183) -- followed by Clemson (115), NC State (96), Duke (56), and Georgia Tech (55).

The 'Noles got off to a flying start by winning the 200 free relay in 1:31.91, a mere .07 quicker than Maryland and good enough for an NCAA "B" cut. The FSU team consisted of Jennie Lyes, who would go on to score a third in the 50 free; Liz Parkinson, Emily Breen and British import Emma Dutton on the anchor.

Coach Chris Ip's Clemson Lady Tigers placed third (1:32.63). Ip is in his first-year at the Clemson helm after having made his mark as coach at Indian River Community College in Florida. At IRCC, his teams dominated the NJCAA Championships for msot of the '90s and the first three years of the new century.

In a true nail-biter that couldn't have been any closer, Maryland's Shandra Johnson edged out Virginia's Rachael Burke to win the 500 yard freestyle by one one-hundreth of a second, 4:44.25-4:44.26. Both swimmers made the NCAA auto cut too.

The win was the Terp senior's initial ACC Championship and a school-record too. North Carolina's Kelly Weeks placed third with a consideration 4:48.39.

FSU's Canadian import, Andree-Anne Leroy, a transfer from Washington State, made her first ACCs a memorable one as she powered to a pr and Seminole record of 1:59.59 en route to gold in the 200 IM.

Virginia's Mirjana Bosevska was next (2:00.67) as the top two finishers made the NCAA auto standard. Third was unsung Maryland freshman Inbal Levavi, an Israeli, who went 2:01.73 with a pr 2:01.43 in the prelims.

North Carolina's Christy Watkins defended her 50 free title from last season, winning in 22.67 to Virginia's Andrea Georoff's pr 22.74. It was Watkins' fourh-consecutive ACC two-lap triumph, becoming the first swimmer to achieve this feat in the 50.

Virginia's Andrea Georoff finshed second with a time of 22.74, and again the top two make the NCAA "A" standard.

Florida State put the hammer down and took over the top spot with its sweep of the 1-meter diving competition, with.Chelsie Lerew winning (290.65), while teammate Tiffany Manning finished second (279.10) and Courtney McClow third (275.30).

Maryland won the 400 medley relay with its 3:41.52, Megan Knepper leading off in 55.07. Virginia placed second with its 3:42.72 and froshwoman Brielle White led off for the Cavaliers in a pr 54.35 -- fastest split of the race. Florida State came in third (3:42.78).

Action continue today (Feb. 21) with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 AM EST and the finals starting at 7:00 PM.

The Tar Heels have won the championship a whopping 15 times in 23 years. UNC's strengths are in the stroke events so it will be interesting to see how the Tar Heels fare in making up their 20-point deficit.

-- Bill Bell


24TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MAURICE J. KOURY NATATORIUM

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEl HILL, NC

FEB. 20, 2003

25 YD. POOL

RESULTS: DAY 1


Event 1 Women 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
NCAA A: $ 1:31.03
NCAA B: # 1:33.76
ACC REC: @ 1:30.98 2002 Virginia
GEOROFF, ELLIS, CRANE, ROESCH
MEET REC: * 1:31.34 2001 Maryland
NOVOTNY, CATTERSON, ADAMKOVA, BOWMAN
POOL REC: ^ 1:31.84 2000 North Carolina
MACK, HATHAWAY, RULIS, WATKINS
School Finals Points
===============================================================================
1 Florida State University 'A' 1:31.91#
1) Lyes, Jennie SO 2) Parkinson, Liz SR
3) Breen, Emily SO 4) Dutton, Emma JR
23.06 23.59 22.89 22.37
2 University of Maryland 'A' 1:31.98#
1) Brian, Jenny JR 2) Weir, Cynthia SO
3) Johnson, Shandra SR 4) Mulyayeva, Marina SO
23.59 22.79 22.67 22.93
3 Clemson University 'A' 1:32.63#
1) Woodruff, Christine SO 2) Burtch, Jenna SR
3) Shafer, Ashley FR 4) Thieler, Elise SR
23.47 23.02 23.47 22.67
4 University of Virginia 'A' 1:32.84#
1) Georoff, Andrea SO 2) Crane, Lindsey SR
3) Dykehouse, Carlie JR 4) Roller, Cynthia JR
22.86 23.03 23.20 23.75
5 University of North Carolina 'A' 1:33.76#
1) Perruquet, Jessi JR 2) Martin, Leila FR
3) Hanson, Virginia SO 4) Watkins, Christy SR
23.25 24.00 23.91 22.60
6 Georgia Tech Swimming-GA 'A' 1:36.17
1) DeVinney, Meghan FR 2) Foster, Elizabeth FR
3) Saum, Anna SO 4) Wallis, Moeko SO
24.22 24.43 23.65 23.87
7 N.C. State University 'A' 1:36.47
1) Gazda, Anna SR 2) Smith, Kendall FR
3) Brewer, Shannon FR 4) Herron, Liz SO
24.40 23.78 24.19 24.10
8 Duke University 'A' 1:36.75
1) Sundberg, Alison FR 2) Lewis, Julia FR
3) Stupp, Nora FR 4) Ness, Katie FR
24.70 24.14 24.12 23.79

Event 2 Women 500 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
NCAA A: $ 4:45.71
NCAA B: # 4:54.28
ACC REC: @ 4:39.18 1989 Mitzi Kremer - Clemson
MEET REC: * 4:42.35 2002 Cara Lane - Virginia
POOL REC: ^ 4:38.82 1989 Janet Evans - Fullerton
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
===============================================================================
A - Final
1 Johnson, Shandra SR Maryland 4:46.34 4:44.25$
26.31 28.01 28.80 28.99 28.89 29.07 29.12 29.01
28.79 27.26
2 Burke, Rachael FR Virginia 4:47.21 4:44.26$
26.46 28.27 28.46 28.68 28.67 28.76 28.95 29.01
28.93 28.07
3 Weeks, Kelly JR North Carolina 4:50.00 4:48.39#
27.09 28.99 28.90 29.26 29.06 29.22 29.15 29.06
29.43 28.23
4 Lavell, Elizabeth SO Maryland 4:48.75 4:48.56#
27.09 28.66 29.11 28.99 29.34 29.13 29.71 29.70
29.24 27.59
5 Smith, Whitney JR North Carolina 4:48.89 4:49.16#
27.32 28.65 29.02 29.32 29.58 29.42 29.28 29.12
29.11 28.34
6 Wrenshall, Kate SO Virginia 4:48.60 4:50.22#
26.88 28.94 29.38 29.50 29.55 29.44 29.83 29.29
29.23 28.18
7 Hansen, Loren JR Florida State 4:50.27 4:50.57#
26.85 29.02 29.30 29.32 29.30 29.35 29.53 29.69
29.38 28.83
8 Routh, Kim FR Clemson 4:48.44 4:54.05#
26.87 29.03 29.41 29.58 29.56 29.90 30.12 30.07
30.25 29.26
B - Final
9 Lane, Cara SR Virginia 4:52.26 4:48.87#
27.50 28.98 28.91 28.98 28.99 29.07 29.18 29.37
29.45 28.44
10 Dykehouse, Carlie JR Virginia 4:51.55 4:50.44#
28.04 29.57 29.54 29.32 29.03 29.19 29.32 29.71
28.71 28.01
11 How, Lisa SO Florida State 4:53.19 4:51.97#
27.41 29.11 29.23 29.31 29.24 29.38 29.60 29.69
29.71 29.29
12 Baly, Amy JR Virginia 4:52.50 4:52.31#
27.57 29.28 29.51 29.72 29.65 29.66 29.59 29.25
29.13 28.95
13 Lipskis, Laura SO Virginia 4:56.56 4:53.59#
27.00 29.50 29.50 29.65 29.67 29.65 29.71 30.04
29.96 28.91
14 McWilliams, Katie SO Virginia 4:51.48 4:54.10#
27.96 29.74 29.75 29.69 29.70 29.85 29.79 29.78
29.38 28.46
15 Herman, Allison FR North Carolina 4:56.33 4:55.31
27.51 29.37 29.66 29.98 29.83 29.82 29.89 29.89
29.90 29.46
16 Carlton, Nichole FR Clemson 4:54.81 4:58.25
27.52 29.46 29.59 29.76 30.05 30.06 30.50 30.35
30.64 30.32
C - Final
17 Cober, Kimberly JR Clemson 4:57.99 4:55.35
27.71 29.20 29.53 30.02 30.02 30.07 29.92 29.86
29.72 29.30
18 Leach, Angie SO Florida State 5:00.58 4:58.21
28.15 29.39 29.68 30.11 29.85 30.41 30.36 30.22
30.58 29.46
19 Lo, Amy JR Florida State 4:58.92 4:58.60
27.90 29.53 29.67 29.99 29.62 30.04 30.37 30.55
30.76 30.17
20 Marcus, Golda SO Florida State 4:59.86 4:59.18
28.06 29.53 29.98 29.96 30.20 30.34 30.55 30.64
30.53 29.39
21 Martin, Leila FR North Carolina 4:57.83 4:59.50
27.42 29.30 29.96 30.45 30.27 30.39 30.39 30.74
30.51 30.07
22 Corwin, Elyse JR Maryland 4:59.69 5:00.04
26.70 28.77 30.03 30.30 30.61 30.32 30.48 30.87
31.34 30.62
23 Kracke, Ashley FR Georgia Tech-GA 4:58.28 5:00.74
27.33 29.62 30.01 30.65 30.39 30.58 30.56 30.64
30.90 30.06
24 Maguire, Michelle SO Georgia Tech-GA 5:00.45 5:01.03
28.15 29.88 30.31 30.56 30.37 30.50 30.47 30.52
30.56 29.71

Event 3 Women 200 Yard IM
===============================================================================
NCAA A: $ 2:00.76
NCAA B: # 2:04.38
ACC REC: @ 1:59.31 2002 Mirjana Bosevska - Virginia
MEET REC: * 1:59.31 2002 Mirjana Bosevska - Virginia
POOL REC: ^ 1:58.66 1989 Mary Ellen Blanchard -dynamos
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
===============================================================================
A - Final
1 Leroy, Andree-Anne JR Florida State 2:01.67 1:59.59$
26.88 30.43 33.87 28.41
2 Bosevska, Mirjana SR Virginia 2:02.44 2:00.67$
26.45 31.07 35.14 28.01
3 Levavi, Inbal FR Maryland 2:01.43 2:01.73#
26.52 29.47 36.31 29.43
4 Dutton, Emma JR Florida State 2:02.13 2:01.94#
26.70 32.68 34.69 27.87
5 Mulyayeva, Marina SO Maryland 2:02.50 2:02.73#
27.20 31.20 36.05 28.28
6 Acker, Becky JR North Carolina 2:02.99 2:02.78#
27.55 31.97 34.49 28.77
7 Gordon, Katie FR Virginia 2:03.25 2:03.40#
27.94 30.45 36.17 28.84
8 Kroeger, Lindsey JR Clemson 2:03.61 2:03.67#
27.31 30.66 37.27 28.43
B - Final
9 Turner, Janna SR North Carolina 2:04.11 2:03.11#
26.57 30.84 36.15 29.55
10 Smith, Amanda FR North Carolina 2:04.26 2:03.85#
28.03 31.42 35.92 28.48
11 Koenig, Jess FR N.C. State 2:03.82 2:04.00#
26.91 31.68 36.49 28.92
12 Cornet, Lauren JR Duke 2:04.01 2:04.48
27.74 32.81 35.43 28.50
13 Bruce, Lizzy FR North Carolina 2:03.99 2:04.64
27.33 32.89 34.20 30.22
14 Halligan, Amy JR Duke 2:03.86 2:04.67
27.53 31.51 36.52 29.11
15 Berg, Corey FR Virginia 2:04.88 2:05.15
27.67 30.71 37.67 29.10
16 Manoogian, Shirlee FR Maryland 2:04.87 2:05.89
26.84 31.36 37.82 29.87
C - Final
17 Hancock, Lisa SO Georgia Tech-GA 2:05.87 2:03.89#
27.22 31.27 35.79 29.61
18 DeVinny, Cara SO Georgia Tech-GA 2:06.02 2:05.41
28.03 32.29 35.96 29.13
19 Cutler, Laura SO N.C. State 2:05.32 2:05.54
27.25 31.92 37.17 29.20
20 Kenney, Laura SO Florida State 2:05.90 2:05.65
27.34 31.58 38.05 28.68
21 Bennett, Elaine FR Virginia 2:05.73 2:06.04
27.75 31.46 36.63 30.20
22 Schaffner, Rachael JR Virginia 2:05.91 2:06.17
27.76 32.07 36.32 30.02
23 Stupp, Nora FR Duke 2:06.30 2:07.39
28.31 32.66 37.40 29.02
24 Walker, Kate JR Clemson 2:05.95 2:08.30
27.40 31.17 39.06 30.67

Event 4 Women 50 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
NCAA A: $ 22.89
NCAA B: # 23.57
ACC REC: @ 22.40 1998 Richelle Fox - Unc
MEET REC: * 22.45 2002 Christy Watkins - Unc
POOL REC: ^ 22.55 1997 Richelle Fox - Unc
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
===============================================================================
A - Final
1 Watkins, Christy SR North Carolina 22.97 22.67$
2 Georoff, Andrea SO Virginia 22.91 22.74$
3 Lyes, Jennie SO Florida State 23.03 22.96#
4 Perruquet, Jessi JR North Carolina 23.23 23.15#
5 Thieler, Elise SR Clemson 23.32 23.27#
6 Weir, Cynthia SO Maryland 23.39 23.34#
7 Brian, Jenny JR Maryland 23.53 23.68
8 Woodruff, Christin SO Clemson 23.24 23.96
B - Final
9 Breen, Emily SO Florida State 23.60 23.40#
10 Crane, Lindsey SR Virginia 23.86 23.52#
11 Jerdonek, Lindsey FR Maryland 23.82 23.76
12 Papayanopoulos, El JR Maryland 23.81 23.80
13 Parkinson, Liz SR Florida State 23.63 23.82
14 Burtch, Jenna SR Clemson 23.72 23.95
15 Sumrall, Barbara FR Maryland 23.80 24.01
16 Roller, Cynthia JR Virginia 23.84 24.09
C - Final
17 Colley, Margaret SR Florida State 23.95 23.93
18 Brosch, Jessie SO North Carolina 24.36 24.01
19 Courtois, Valerie JR Maryland 24.05 24.07
20 Humes, Courtney JR Clemson 24.42 24.12
21 Smith, Kendall FR N.C. State 24.25 24.13
22 Wallis, Moeko SO Georgia Tech-GA 24.32 24.14
23 Hanson, Virginia SO North Carolina 24.23 24.31
24 Shafer, Ashley FR Clemson 24.27 24.47

Event 5 Women 1 mtr Diving
===============================================================================
Name Year School Prelims Finals Points
===============================================================================
Finals
1 Lerew, Chelsie JR Florida State 265.90 290.65
2 Manning, Tiffany SO Florida State 250.05 279.10
3 McClow, Courtney SO Florida State 277.55 275.30
4 Bailey, Erin SR N.C. State 263.65 268.30
5 Culberson, Molly FR N.C. State 246.30 263.30
6 Sharp, Alison SR Virginia 258.70 260.60
7 O'Reilly, Amber SR N.C. State 252.25 249.90
8 Waddell, Lindsay JR North Carolina 239.35 247.90
9 Santoro, Gia FR North Carolina 237.60 8.00
10 Rudolph, Rebecca SO Maryland 231.60 7.00
11 Benner, Ashley SR North Carolina 229.50 6.00
12 Prystaj, Laurissa FR Georgia Tech-GA 224.70 5.00
13 Prior, Katie JR Virginia 224.05 4.00
14 Welch, Christy SO N.C. State 214.00 3.00
15 Watcke, Jess FR Clemson 213.85 2.00
16 Rehm, Jennifer JR North Carolina 213.60 1.00

Event 6 Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
===============================================================================
NCAA A: $ 3:39.12
NCAA B: # 3:45.69
ACC REC: @ 3:39.28 1999 Virginia
IFFLAND, WIZNIUK, McCUBBINS, CRONK
MEET REC: * 3:39.28 1999 Virginia
IFFLAND, WIZNIUK, McCUBBINS, CRONK
POOL REC: ^ 3:40.81 2000 North Carolina
WATKINS, HATHAWAY, MACK, RULIS
School Finals Points
===============================================================================
1 University of Maryland 'A' 3:41.52#
1) Knepper, Megan SO 2) Martin, Jillian SR
3) Mulyayeva, Marina SO 4) Johnson, Shandra SR
26.25 55.07 30.63 1:02.74 25.62 54.96 23.27 48.75
2 University of Virginia 'A' 3:42.72#
1) White, Brielle FR 2) Buck, Coco SO
3) Roller, Cynthia JR 4) Georoff, Andrea SO
26.72 54.35 30.27 1:05.22 25.00 53.60 23.65 49.55
3 Florida State University 'A' 3:42.78#
1) Breen, Emily SO 2) Dutton, Emma JR
3) Dong, Rachel JR 4) Lyes, Jennie SO
26.87 55.62 28.73 1:01.76 24.86 54.98 23.71 50.42
4 Clemson University 'A' 3:44.01#
1) Kroeger, Lindsey JR 2) Commons, Mandy SR
3) Thieler, Elise SR 4) Burtch, Jenna SR
27.78 56.12 28.47 1:01.93 24.69 54.92 23.70 51.04
5 University of North Carolina 'A' 3:44.16#
1) Turner, Janna SR 2) Acker, Becky JR
3) Carroll, Emily FR 4) Watkins, Christy SR
27.48 56.03 29.00 1:02.20 25.45 56.17 23.25 49.76
6 Duke University 'A' 3:46.35
1) Ness, Katie FR 2) Cornet, Lauren JR
3) Halligan, Amy JR 4) Sundberg, Alison FR
27.23 55.47 29.37 1:03.48 26.23 55.32 24.70 52.08
7 Georgia Tech Swimming-GA 'A' 3:49.55
1) Saum, Anna SO 2) Heiser, Laura FR
3) DeVinney, Meghan FR 4) Wallis, Moeko SO
27.07 56.32 29.59 1:03.81 25.84 56.81 24.57 52.61
8 N.C. State University 'A' 3:53.93
1) Gazda, Anna SR 2) Humberstone, Priscilla JR
3) Koenig, Jess FR 4) Smith, Kendall FR
28.53 58.52 30.21 1:05.21 26.33 57.17 24.71 53.03