Terrapins Third After First Day Of ACC Swimming Championships
Feb. 20, 2003
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Florida State Seminoles took the lead after the first day of competition at the 24th annual Swimming and Diving Championships being held at Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina. The Seminoles scored 207 points and lead Virginia which scored 195 points.
Maryland stands in third place after the first day with 185 points. Rounding out the field, North Carolina is fourth (183) followed by Clemson (115), NC State (96), Duke (56), and Georgia Tech (55).
Florida State's 200-free relay team of Jennie Lyes, Liz Parkinson, Emily Breen and Emma Dutton won the first event of the night in a time of 1:31.91. Maryland finished second in 1:31.98 and Clemson placed third with a time of 1:32.63.
Maryland's Shandra Johnson beat out Virginia's Rachael Burke in the 500-free relay by one-hundreth of a second to claim her first ACC Championship, and set a school record with a time of 4:44.25. North Carolina's Kelly Weeks placed third with a time of 4:48.39. With their performances, Johnson and Burke both qualify for NCAAs.
Andree-Anne Leroy of Florida State broke the school record, previously set in 1999, in the 200-yard individual medley with her time of 1:59.59. Virginia's Mirjana Bosevska finished second in the event with a time of 2:00.67, followed by Maryland's Inbal Levavi in 2:01.73. Both Leroy and Bosevska posted NCAA "A" standard times.
North Carolina's Christy Watkins finished first in the 50-free for the fourth consecutive time in her career, and becomes the first swimmer to achieve this feat in the 50-free. Virginia's Andrea Georoff finshed second with a time of 22.74, behind Watkins time of 22.67. The times of Watkins and Georoff qualify them for NCAAs.
Florida State took the top three places in the 1-meter dive. Chelsie Lerew won the event with her score of 290.65, while her fellow teammates Tiffany Manning finished second (279.10) and Courtney McClow third (275.30).
Maryland won the 400-medley relay with a time of 3:41.52. Virginia placed second with a time of 3:42.72 and Florida State came in third 3:42.78.
Action will continue tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 11:00 am and the finals starting at 7:00 pm.