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Courtesy of: Virginia Athletics
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, February 19. DURING the first night of the women's ACC Championships, the University of Virginia Cavaliers made known their intentions to win a seventh straight team championship. The Cavaliers won both relays contested at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the 200 medley and 800 free, setting conference records in both events, and they sit ahead of rival North Carolina in the team standings.

Virginia's team of Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson, and Emily Lloyd clocked a 1:36.16 for the relay win, clobbering the previous ACC mark of 1:37.33 that the UVa set back in 2010 at ACCs. North Carolina State's Zina Grogg, Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic, and Riki Bonnema came in second at 1:37.18, also getting under the previous ACC mark, while Notre Dame's Catherine Mulquin, Emma Reaney, Courtney Whyte, and Kelly Ryan picked up third in 1:37.61.

North Carolina (1:37.87), Duke (1:37.91), and Florida State (1:37.97) all got under the NCAA "A" qualifying time of 1:38.01 to punch their respective tickets to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the NCAA Championships next month. Notably, the Duke squad of Jessie Sutherland, Christine Wixted, Maddie Rusch, and Lauren Weaver became the first ever relay from the school to qualify for the NCAAs with their performance tonight.


Virginia returned an hour later to set another conference record in the 800 free relay as Leah Smith, Caroline Kenney, Kaitlyn Jones, and Williamson touched in 7:01.39, just ahead of the 7:01.56 that the team including Kenney and Williamson set a year ago. Notably, that squad also included U.S. Olympian Lauren Perdue, requiring monster efforts from freshman Smith and Jones to make up the difference.

North Carolina picked up runner-up honors. Danielle Siverling, Lauren Earp, Allyn Hardesty, and Stephanie Peacock touched in 7:03.24, while Florida State's Tiffany Oliver, Kaitlyn Dressel, Julia Henkel, and Madison Jacobi came in third in 7:06.56. Both squads bested the NCAA "A" time of 7:07.31.

In team competition, Virginia led the way with 128 points, while North Carolina and NC State are tied for second at 108. Notre Dame and Florida State stand fourth with 102.


Results: Women's ACC Championships, Day One