GREENSBORO, North Carolina, February 20. THE University of Virginia used a conference record in the 800-yard freestyle relay and a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay to jump out to a day one lead at the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Championships.
The foursome of Rachel Naurath (1:45.21), Caroline Kenney (1:46.41), Ellen Williamson (1:46.32) and Lauren Perdue (1:43.62) ripped through the 800 free with a stunning time of 7:01.56. That swim beat the 2011 ACC record of 7:03.00 clocked by UVA with Naurath and Perdue also participating on that squad as well.
Florida State earned second as North Carolina's squad drew a disqualification. Kaitlyn Dressel, Tiffany Oliver, Julia Henkel and Elizabeth Pepper posted a 7:08.84 for the Seminoles. N.C. State's Marifrances Henley, Julianna Prim, Mariah Hamil and Kristin Connors touched third in 7:11.99.
Virginia Tech threw down an NCAA A cut time in the 200-yard medley relay as Sabrina Benson, Alyssa Bodin, Heather Savage and Katarina Filova won in 1:38.30. Miami's Kathleen Ligon, Sofia Johansson, Lucy Worrall and Celeste Degen just missed an A cut of their own with a second-place 1:38.45, while N.C. State's Hannah Freyman, Lauren Poli, Zina Grogg and Riki Bonnema took third in 1:38.52 in what proved to be an exciting 1-2-3. Virginia also finished with a close fourth as Charlotte Clarke, Natalie Martin, Ellen Williamson and Emily Lloyd clocked a 1:38.70. FSU drew a disqualification.
Virginia Tech 66
N.C. State 64
Georgia Tech 52
Boston College 44
Florida State 34
North Carolina 26