ATLANTA, Georgia, February 19. THE Virginia women’s swimming team made history Saturday, collecting its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
UVa’s Class of 2011 – Katya Bachrouche, Claire Crippen, Hannah Davis, Amanda Faulkner, Jennings Grant, Kristen Moores, Anne Summer Myers and Liz Shaw – become the first group to depart with four conference titles.
The Cavaliers tallied a total of 776 points to finish ahead of second-place North Carolina (734) and third-place Florida State (417).
Sophomore Lauren Perdue was tabbed the meet’s most outstanding swimmer for the second consecutive year.
Virginia ended the meet with a dominating performance in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Perdue, Moores, Emily Lloyd and Davis clocked a NCAA ‘B’ time of 3:15.68 to claim first-place honors in the event.
Virginia’s 1-2-3 finish in the 200 butterfly gave the Cavaliers a 34-point lead with one event left. Freshman Rachel Naurath capped her first ACC Championships with a victory in the event, clocking a NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:55.88. Seniors Liz Shaw (1:57.85, ‘B’) and Claire Crippen (1:57.98, ‘B’) finished second and third, respectively, to sweep the event.
Perdue broke her own school record and set an ACC and meet record with a NCAA ‘B’ time of 47.88 in the 100 freestyle. Perdue’s previous record of 48.11 was set in December at the Georgia Invitational. The previous conference and meet record was set by Virginia Tech’s Sara Smith (48.10) in 2009.
Perdue was joined by three teammates in the 100 freestyle final. Moores placed fifth (49.54), Emily Lloyd seventh (49.60) and Davis eighth (49.62); all three times were NCAA ‘B’ standards.
Junior Kelly Flynn made her way to the podium after turning in an all-conference performance in the 200 breaststroke. Flynn clocked a NCAA ‘B’ time of 2:11.97 to place third. Senior Amanda Faulkner took seventh with a ‘B’ mark of 2:15.03.
Senior Katya Bachrouche, who placed second in the 500 freestyle, turned in a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Bachrouche recorded a NCAA ‘B’ time of 16:09.09 in the event; classmate Anne Summer Myers was fifth overall with a ‘B’ mark of 16:16.43.
After finals concluded Friday, the Tar Heels held a 37-point lead heading into the final day of competition.
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