CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia totaled 818.5 points to win the title in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's swimming and diving championship for the second time in school history. Head coach Mark Bernardino's Cavaliers, whose only previous title came in 1990, outdistanced second place North Carolina (728.5) by 90 points at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Defending-champion Clemson finished in third place with 547 points, followed by Maryland with 391 points. North Carolina State (389), Florida State (301) and Duke (172) rounded out the scoring.
Virginia had three individuals claim event titles on the last day of competition, in Lindsey Schubert, Emily Carrig and Katie Caratelli. Schubert had the most impressive showing, setting an ACC record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.85. Carrig successfully defended her title in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming a time of 2:01.33, while Caratelli won the three-meter springboard diving for the second year in a row with a score of 496.5 points. Caratelli was also named the ACC meet most valuable diver for the second straight season.
The Cavaliers also claimed first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:20.76. The team of Emily Trakas, Meghan Iffland, Rebecca Cronk and Meghan McCubbins set a new ACC record with their time of 3:20.76.
Two swimmers from second-place North Carolina won event titles for the third time this week. Chrissy Miller claimed first in the 1650-yard freestyle, an event which she also won in 1996, with a time of 16:27.16. Miller also won the ACC title in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday and the 400-yard individual medley on Friday. At the conclusion of the day Miller was named the most valuable swimmer of the meet, an honor which she also won in 1996.
The Tar Heels' Richelle Fox was a first place finisher in the 100-yard freestyle, setting an ACC meet record with her time of 49.35. Along with the 100 free, Fox won ACC titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly this week, taking first in all three events for the second year in a row.
The only other event winner on the day was Clemson's Jennifer Mihalik, who set an ACC record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.77
1998 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Championship
University of Virginia Aquatic & Fitness Center
Results for Saturday, February 21, 1998
1, Chrissy Miller, North Carolina, 16:27.16#.
2, Sharon Reidlinger, Virginia, 16:38.22#.
3, Erin Schatz, Clemson, 16:48.29#.
4, Bridget Vogelsang, Virginia, 16:55.57.
5, Laura Sullivan, Virginia, 16:57.32.
6, Christina Greig, Clemson, 16:58.04.
7, Heather Maynard, North Carolina State, 17:04.67.
8, Stacey Finner, Clemson, 17:04.91.
9, Catherine Frock, North Carolina, 17:04.99.
10, Emily Fess, North Carolina State, 17:05.72.
11. Leigh Ann Caldwell, North Carolina State, 17:15.29.
12, Meagan Bradley, Florida State, 17:17.90.
13, Janney Hooff, North Carolina, 17:20.54.
14, Kristie McRoberts, Florida State, 17:29.71.
15, Susan Vogt, North Carolina State, 17:30.62.
16, Heather Pottgen, Virginia, 17:31.13.
1, Jennifer Mihalik, Clemson, 1:58.77*!#.
2, Kelsey Durkin, North Carolina, 1:59.46#.
3, Tracey Barrett, North Carolina, 1:59.72#.
4, Summer Mack, North Carolina, 2:00.94#.
5, Katy Novotny, Maryland, 2:01.20#.
6, Maureen Burnham, Virginia, 2:01.71#.
7, Charli Reasons, Clemson, 2:02.55.
8, Lauren Rafferty, Clemson, 2:02.75.
9, Jennifer Mooney, Clemson, 2:03.94.
10, Dawn Josephson, Maryland, 2:04.63.
11, Erika Vrana, North Carolina, 2:05.24.
12, Jen Napier, Virginia, 2:05.50.
13, Stephanie Scott, Maryland, 2:06.01.
14, Kirsten Doeret, North Carolina State, 2:06.34. 1
5, Betsy Stewart, Duke, 2:07.90.
16, Emily Voelker, Duke, 2:09.81.
1, Richelle Fox, North Carolina, 49.35!&.
2, Meg McCubbins, Virginia, 49.41&.
3, Kim Piotro, Maryland, 50.30#.
4, Emily Trakas, Virginia, 50.34#.
5, Rebecca Cronk, Virginia, 50.67#.
6, Wendy Henson, Clemson, 51.07#.
7, Megan Iffland, Virginia, 51.17#.
8, Kristen Adams, Florida State, 51.43.
9, Brandi Stergion, North Carolina State, 51.62.
10, Sarah Solomon, Maryland, 51.70.
11, Julie Gehm, Virginia, 51.78.
12, Jenny Strasburger, North Carolina, 51.79.
13, Kathy Lowry, Clemson, 52.16.
14, Karin Holmstedt, Florida State, 52.19.
15, Jen Latimer, North Carolina, 52.46.
16, Melissa Gebhart, Clemson, 52.49.
1, Lindsey Schubert, Virginia, 2:15.85*!#.
2, Erika Acuff, North Carolina, 2:17.04#.
3, JoAnn Overton, North Carolina, 2:20.21.
4, Anne Blachford, Florida State, 2:20.39.
5, Jenny Short, North Carolina State, 2:20.78.
6, Beth Schlessman, North Carolina, 2:21.48.
7, Kirsten Erndl, Maryland, 2:22.72.
8, Alison Shea, Maryland, 2:24.58.
9, Samantha White, Florida State, 2:20.50.
10, Eve Rossi, Maryland, 2:22.44.
11, Sheila Humberstone, Clemson, 2:22.87.
12, Amy Suppinger, Clemson, 2:24.29.
13, Heather Winter, Duke, 2:24.74.
14, Ann Folkins, Virginia, 2:24.84.
15, Magda Kupiec, Clemson, 2:25.28.
16, Katie Polasek, Maryland, 2:25.89.
1, Emily Carrig, Virginia, 2:01.33#.
2, Kristin Lozeau, North Carolina, 2:01.57#.
3, Kelly McLaughlin, North Carolina, 2:01.95.
4, Cindy Schuster, North Carolina State, 2:03.61#.
5, Amy Armond, Duke, 2:04.42.
6, Lisa Bartlett, Clemson, 2:04.71.
7, Val Zammitti, Virginia, 2:05.37.
8, Kendra Kelly, Clemson, 2:06.45.
9, Mary Mittendorf, North Carolina State, 2:04.24.
10, Carmen Baker, North Carolina State, 2:05.13.
11, Marie Tomarelli, Maryland, 2:05.74.
12, Beth Bohnsack, North Carolina State, 2:06.00.
13, Sherri Fowler, Florida State, 2:06.88.
14, Dawn Deluca, North Carolina State, 2:08.55.
15, Leigh Ann Caldwell, North Carolina State, 2:09.30.
16, Heather Wilson, Maryland, 2:09.50.
1, Katie Caratelli, Virginia, 496.50.
2, Marica McKeel, North Carolina State, 479.75.
3, Courtenay Miller, Maryland, 470.30.
4, Ashley Smith, Virginia, 465.40.
5, Shelly Cavaliere, North Carolina State, 448.10.
6, Jen Stewart, Virginia, 439.55.
7, Marya Sabesky, Florida State, 436.25.
8, Laramie Hill, Virginia, 419.40.
9, Jill Myers, North Carolina, 407.25.
10, Kortney Schell, North Carolina State, 404.90.
11, Sarah Henderson, Florida State, 404.85.
12, Aly Susterka, Clemson, 398.35.
13, Summer Ecker, Clemson, 388.65.
14, Krista Irish, Maryland, 387.05.
15, Betsy Potter, Clemson, 385.00.
16, Kelley Melton, North Carolina State, 383.60.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
1, Virginia (Emily Trakas, Meghan Iffland, Rebecca Cronk, Meghan McCubbins), 3:20.76*!&.
2, Clemson (Wendy Henson, Jennifer Mihalik, Charlie Reasons, Kathy Lowry), 3:22.45#.
3, North Carolina (Summer Mack, Erika Acuff, Jennifer Strassburger, Richelle Fox), 3:24.29#.
4, Maryland (Katy Novotny, Sarah Solomon, Kim Piotro, Jeanine Lloyd), 3:24.40#. 5, Florida State (Kristen Adams, Tenelle Ramer, Karin Holmstedt, Anne Blachford), 3:27.05.
6, North Carolina State (Mary Mittendorf, Brandi Stergion, Kirsten Doert, Cindy Schuster), 3:30.32.
7, Duke (Jill Spitzfaden, Amy Armond, Leslie King, Susan Keeler), 3:39.58.
1, Virginia, 818.5.
2, North Carolina, 728.5.
3, Clemson, 547.
4, Maryland, 391.
5, North Carolina State, 389.
6, Florida State, 301.
7, Duke, 172.
* Atlantic Coast Conference Record
! Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Meet Record # NCAA Division I Consideration Qualification Standard & NCAA Division I Automatic Qualification Standard
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