Maryland Women Terrapins 2005 ACC Champions

ATLANTA, GA, February 20. THE Maryland women's swimming and diving team completed its perfect season Saturday evening, wrapping up the ACC championship at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, per Terp reports.

The 12th-ranked Terps, who posted an 11-0 dual meet record, including 7-0 in the conference, led from day one and finished with 655 points, dethroning defending champion Virginia, who came in second with 590.5 points.

Senior Chrissy Miller (Seaside Park, N.J.) was named 2005 Most Valuable Swimmer. She won her second individual conference title Saturday night, taking the 100-yard freestyle. Her time of 49.67 automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships next month. Miller also won the 200-free Friday and was a member of three winning relays this weekend.

The Terps concluded the meet as they started it – winning a relay. This time it was the 400-free relay, which an all-senior team of Megan Knepper (Williamsport, Md.), Cynthia Weir (Irwin, Pa.), Marina Mulyayeva (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Miller won in school-record time of 3:20.55. The victory completed Maryland's sweep of the five relays; the Terps also won the 200- and 800-free, as well as the 200- and 400-medley relays throughout the weekend.

Senior Elizabeth Lavell (Annapolis, Md.) finished second in the 1,650-free. Her time of 16:22.55 automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. Knepper placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.75), and Weir came in third in the 100-free (50.72). Sophomore Amber Walter (Kalispell, Mont.) also swam in the finals of the 100-free, finishing seventh (51.28). Junior Krisztina Kovacs (Budapest, Hungary) placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.94).

Other Terps in action tonight included sophomore Sasha Malanina (Volgograd Russia) and freshman Meghan Sackett (Cockeysville, Md.), who finished ninth and 12th, respectively, in the 1,650-free (16:44.52 and 16:49.96); junior Inbal Levavi (Kibbutz Givat Haim, Israel) and senior Caitlin Gannon (Evans City, Pa.), who placed 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 200-back (2:02.75 and 2:02.77); freshman Maya Finkler (Rishon-le-zion, Israel) and junior Barbara Sumrall (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who came in 12th and 19th, respectively, in the 100-free (51.27 and 52.08); freshman Atalie Abranovic (Kittanning, Pa.), who finished 19th in the 200-breast (2:23.08); sophomore Gigi deToll (Culpeper, Va.), who placed ninth in the 200-fly (2:03.53); and freshmen Stacie Lesneski (Gardner, Mass.) and Kirsten Jones (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), who came in 11th and 22nd, respectively, in the 200-fly (2:03.82 and 2:07.11).

A number of Terps earned All-ACC honors, which were given to swimmers who finished in the top three in each event, as well as the members of each winning relay:

Chrissy Miller* – 100-free (1st), 200-free (1st), 500-free (2nd), 400-free relay, 800-free relay, 400-medley relay
Megan Knepper – 100-back (2nd), 200-back (2nd), 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay
Marina Mulyayeva – 200-IM (1st), 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay
Elizabeth Lavell – 400-IM (1st), 1,650-free (2nd), 500-free (3rd), 800-free relay
Cynthia Weir – 100-free (3rd), 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 200-medley relay
Gigi deToll – 100-fly (1st), 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay
Sasha Malanina – 400-IM (3rd), 800-free relay
Krisztina Kovacs – 200-breast (2nd)
Meghan Sackett – 800-free relay
Amber Walter – 200-free relay

*Most Valuable Swimmer

Final Standings
1. Maryland 655
2. Virginia 590.50
3. North Carolina 491
4. Florida State 433
5. Virginia Tech 357.50
6. Georgia Tech 286.50
7. Clemson 219
8. N.C. State 194.50
9. Duke 180
10. Miami 176

The Terps have a month off before the 2005 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., March 17-19.

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