Feb. 20, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The No. 11 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team set a new conference record in the 800 freestyle relay and took the early lead after day one of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Wednesday evening (Feb. 20) at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
“Anytime you break a conference record, you need to be excited and use that momentum to push you forward,” UVa head coach Mark Bernardino said. “That said, there are some things we can do better. We need to get out of practice mode where you swim circles in your lane and need to swim straighter. When you swim left to right, you’re adding distance to your swim and we certainly had instances of that. We’ll talk about that tonight and try and make some corrections for the rest of the meet.”
After the first day, the Cavaliers lead with 70 points, followed by Virginia Tech (66). Miami and NC State are tied for third with 64 points, while Georgia Tech (52), Duke (52), Boston College (44), Florida State (34) and North Carolina (26) round out the field.
The 800 free relay of juniors Rachel Naurath and Caroline Kenney, sophomore Ellen Williamson and senior Lauren Perdue broke the ACC and school record in a time of 7:01.56. UVa and UNC were neck and neck until Williamson’s final 50 yards when the Cavaliers pulled away. It broke UVa’s previous conference and school record of 7:03.00, set in 2011. This was the sixth consecutive year the Cavaliers have won the event.
“It was good to end the night with momentum,” Bernardino said. “I wasn’t overly pleased with our execution in the first relay and wasn’t as sharp as we needed to be. But we came back in that 800 free relay and it was real consistent swimming. Rachel gave us a really good leadoff leg, Caroline and Ellen put in very solid swims in the middle and we’re fortunate to have Lauren to put it away and secure victory.”
In the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay team of junior Charlotte Clarke, freshman Natalie Martin, Williamson and junior Emily Lloyd placed fourth in a time of 1:38.70. That time is an NCAA ‘B’ cut and the fifth-fastest time in school history.
The action continues Thursday with the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, women’s 1-meter diving and men’s 3-meter diving events being contested. Prelims begin at 11 a.m., while the finals are slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Cavalier Football Notebook -- Virginia Tech WeekFootball11/24/15At noon Saturday, Virginia (4-7, 3-4) closes the season against Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4) at Scott Stadium.'Hoos Hit Their Stride In CharlestonMen's Basketball11/23/15In winning the Charleston (S.C.) Classic, the Virginia men's basketball team posted an average margin of victory of 25.7 points.Johns Continues Late-Season SurgeFootball11/21/15A career day from quarterback Matt Johns helped Virginia defeated ACC rival Duke 42-34 in a Coastal Division game Saturday at Scott Stadium.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Women's Swimming and Diving Rises to No. 1 in...
Swimming & Diving | 11/4/2015
For the first time in program history, the Virginia women's swimming and diving program has been ...
Virginia Women Defeat Michigan and Penn State, Men Earn Split
Swimming & Diving | 11/1/2015
The No. 4 Virginia women's swimming and diving team defeated Michigan and Penn State Sunday (Nov....
Virginia Finishes Day One Action against Michigan, Penn State
Swimming & Diving | 10/31/2015
The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving team finished day one action against Michigan ...
Virginia to Compete against Michigan, Penn State This Weekend
Swimming & Diving | 10/30/2015
The Virginia men's and women's swimming and diving teams travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend...
Bartholomew, Smith to Represent U.S. in Duel in the Pool
Swimming & Diving | 10/22/2015
Virginia swimmers Courtney Bartholomew and Leah Smith have been named to the American squad that ...
Virginia Splits with Tennessee to Open Season
Swimming & Diving | 10/16/2015
The Virginia swimming and diving teams picked up a split against Tennessee Friday afternoon (Oct....
Virginia Opens Season with Home Dual against Tennessee
Swimming & Diving | 10/15/2015
The Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open their 2015-16...
Winter Sports Meet The Teams Day Set for Sunday, Oct. 18
Swimming & Diving | 10/02/2015
The Virginia men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving, and wrestling...
- Online Stores