GREENSBORO, N.C. -The North Carolina women's swimming and diving team is in ninth place after the opening day of the 2013 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Tar Heels finished sixth in the 200-yard medley relay and suffered a disqualification in the 800-yard freestyle relay for a false start.
Carolina suffered a disqualification for a false start in the 800-yard freestyle relay, denying the Tar Heels any points in the event. Danielle Siverling, Lauren Earp, Ally Hardesty and Katie Nolan made up the UNC relay. Danielle Siverling had led off the relay in a blistering 1:45.42, below her career best of 1:45.66.
"We certainly have some ground to make up after a disappointing first two events and I’m confident our women will rebound the rest of the meet," Tar Heel head coach Rich DeSelm said. "Our 200 medley relay had lifetime bests out of our last three swimmers – Katie Rechsteiner, Hannah Lincoln and Lauren Earp. The other teams in the conference simply out swam us."
"Despite not having Stephanie Peacock in the lineup, we were very excited about our 800 free relay and, through much of the race, matched up well with the eventual champions, UVA," DeSelm added. "We had a great leadoff by Danielle Siverling in a lifetime best of 1:45.42, followed by two more lifetime best splits from Lauren Earp (1:45.70) and Ally Hardesty (1:47.35). Unfortunately, our anchor leg, the consummate teammate and captain, Katie Nolan, was charged with an early takeoff.
"Our women are very eager to get started again in the prelims tomorrow to fight our way back into this Championship."
The Virginia Tech and Virginia relay squads took home titles on the first day of the 2013 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Both teams posted automatic qualifying times and the Cavaliers set a new conference record.
On the strength of the one victory and a fourth place finish in the other event, Virginia grabbed the day one lead with 70 points. Virginia Tech sits in second with 66 points, followed by Miami and NC State with 64. Georgia Tech and Duke are tied with 52, with Boston College (44 points), Florida State (34), and North Carolina (26) rounding out the field through two events.
The Virginia Tech 200 medley relay team of Sabrina Benson, Alyssa Bodin, Heather Savage, and Katarina Filova won the first event of the meet with a program record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:38.30. Florida State finished second, just .01 seconds behind Virginia Tech, but was disqualified for an early takeoff on an exchange. Miami, NC State, and Virginia all finished within half of a second of the Hokies in a tight finish.
Virginia closed out the night by winning its sixth straight 800 free relay title in 7:01.56 to set a new ACC conference record, breaking the old mark by almost 1.5 seconds. The Cavaliers and North Carolina were neck and neck before Ellen Williamson and anchor Lauren Perdue grabbed the lead and the title. Florida State and NC State finished in second and third place with new program records.
Both winning relay teams earned 2013 All-ACC honors with their victories.
The championship continues Thursday with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m. The men's 1-meter diving prelims are scheduled for 3:15 p.m., followed by the finals at 5 p.m. The women's 3-meter prelims are at 1:00 p.m. with the finals at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.