GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina women's swimming team had a solid morning Friday at the 2013 ACC Championships as seven swimmers qualified for tonight's championship finals and another 10 earned spots in consolation finals.
Finals begin Friday at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. North Carolina enters Friday night in sixth place in the team standings with 113 points.
In the 400-yard individual medley, Carolina qualified two swimmers for the championship final and two for the consolation heat. Cari Blalock touched second in 4:11.65, Emma Nunn was fourth in a season best 4:14.10, Annie Harrison took ninth in 4:20.35 and Madison Burns came in 12th in 4:22.59. Kelsey Cummings just missed making the consolation final, taking 18th in a season best 4:30.01. Nunn's time moved her into fourth place on Carolina's all-time Top 10 chart behind only Laura Moriarty, Blalock and Polly Winde.
Two Tar Heels qualified for the big final in the 100-yard butterfly, both posting career best times. Katie Nolan was clocked in 52.64 (previous best 52.82) to place third and Hannah Lincoln notched sixth with a 53.48 (previous best 53.70). Nolan remains second on the all-time Top 10 chart behind only Richelle Fox (52.34) and Lincoln soared into fourth place behind only Fox, Nolan and Carly Smith.
Other swimmers in the 100 fly included Meredith Hoover at 14th in a season best 54.84 as well as Danielle Jansen in a season best 55.01. Both made the consolation final. Nikki Barczak was 19th in 55.79 and Carly Smith took 26th in 57.14.
Carolina placed two swimmers in the top four of the 200-yard freestyle as freshman Lauren Earp grabbed second in a season best 1:46.29 and Danielle Siverling was fourth in 1:46.56. Earp's time moved her into fifth place on the all-time Top 10 chart behind Jessi Perruquet, Stephanie Peacock, Siverling and Kari Haag. Ally Hardesty made the consolation final in 16th at 1:49.18 and Jackie Rudolph was 21st in 1:49.95, which was a career best (previous 1:50.71).
All three Tar Heels entered in the 100-yard breaststroke reached the consolation final. Danielle Jansen was 12th in a season best 1:03.29, Katie Rechsteiner claimed 14th in 1:03.46 and Rachel Canty garnered the 16th spot with a season best 1:03.47.Again, all three Tar Heels entered in the 100-yard backstroke are in scoring positions in the finals. Carly Smith made the big final in third place with a season best 53.10. Katie Nolan qualified ninth in 54.10 and Rebecca Brooks took 16th in a season best 55.11.