Maryland Finishes Fourth At ACC Swimming Championships
Feb. 22, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of Virginia captured its fourth ACC Championship, with 710 points and first since 1999, edging out three-time defending champion North Carolina, which finished second with 609 points.
Florida State finished third for the second consecutive year with 557 points. Maryland finished fourth (538), Clemson fifth (339), Georgia Tech sixth (259), NC State seventh (241), and Duke eighth (230).
Maryland's Shandra Johnson was unanimously voted the meet's most valuable swimmer, capturing three individual titles in her first ACC meet. Florida State's Chelsie Lerew was deemed the most valuable diver of the meet, sweeping the competition with first place finishes on both the one- and three-meter boards.
In the evening's first and meet's longest event, the 1650-yard freestyle, Virginia's Rachael Burke captured first place with a time of 16:11.21. Just 10 seconds behind Burke was teammate Cara Lane (16:21.48). Rounding out the top three was Maryland's Elizabeth Lavell in a time of 16:30.21.
North Carolina's Laura Collier won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:59.37. Virginia's Cory Berg came in second (1:59.67) followed by Maryland's Inbal Levavi (1:59.73).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Maryland's Shandra Johnson claimed her third event of the Championship in 49.63. Virginia's Andrea Georoff touched the wall second in 49.67. North Carolina's Jessi Perruquet finished third behind Georoff in 50.57.
Maryland won their second straight event in the 200-yard breastroke, as Jill Martin came in first. Martin broke her own school record with a time of 2:12.56. North Carolina's Becky Acker finished in a time of 2:14.31 and Florida State's Emma Douton finished one second behind, 2:15.31.
In the final single woman race of the Championship, Kelly Weeks took first place in the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.61). Duke's Katie Ness placed second (2:00.14) and Virginia's Mirjana Bosevska came in third (2:00.17).
In three-metering diving, Florida State's Chelsie Lerew retained her title by winning with a score of 504.30. Florida State's Tiffany Manning came in second with a total of 475.60. NC State freshman Molly Culberson finished third (470.45).
The ACC Championships concluded with an exciting 400-yard freestyle relay. The Florida State Seminoles finished first in a new pool record time of 3:20.76. Maryland claimed second place with its time of 3:22.05. North Carolina concluded the night with a third place finish (3:22.97).