Jackie Rudolph went a career best by almost three seconds in the 500 free Thursday morning.
Jackie Rudolph went a career best by almost three seconds in the 500 free Thursday morning.
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UNC Places Three In Championship Finals
Release: 02/21/2013

The North Carolina women's swimming and diving team has placed three swimmers in championship finals and six in consolation finals on the second day of the 2013 ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

During Thursday's preliminaries, the Tar Heels came out strong in the 500-yard freestyle, placing two swimmers in the championship final and three more in the consolation final.  Junior Danielle Siverling and senior Jackie Rudolph led the way for Carolina.  Siverling qualified fourth in a season best time of 4:43.62 and Rudolph qualified fifth in a career best 4:44.57, taking almost three second off her previous career best of 4:47.29.  She is just outside the Carolina all-time Top 10 in the event.  Katelyn Martin holds down the 10th spot at 4:47.21.

Three Tar Heels qualified for the consolation final in the event — Emma Nunn in 11th at 4:49.53, Kelsey Cummings in 13th in a season best 4:50.58 and Annie Harrison in 14th in a season best 4:52.10. Meredith Hoover just missed the consolation final, placing 17th in 4:53.83.

Junior Cari Blalock is the only Tar Heel who made it back in the 200-yard individual medley as the veteran took fourth place in 1:58.87.  Other Tar Heels in the event included Rebecca Brooks (17th, 2:02.90), Rachel Canty (20th, 2:03.46), Danielle Jansen (23rd, 2:04.45), Madison Burns (25th, 2:04.80) and Katie Rechsteiner (36th in a season best 2:08.23).

Four Tar Heels swam in the 50-yard freestyle with three of them qualifying for the consolation finals – Lauren Earp in 14th with a season best 23.04, Hannah Lincoln in 15th with a career best 23.59 and Ally Hardesty in a careeer best 23.09.  Their previous career bests had been 23.31 and 23.59, respectively.  Nikki Barczak just finished out of making consolation, claiming 19th in a season best 23.25.

Divers Natalie Ritter and Emily Schmidt will be competing this afternoon in the preliminaries of one-meter diving.

Thursday finals begin at 7 p.m. and will be webcast live on ESPN3 (check links on GoHeels.com).

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