Courtesy: University of Virginia
The Virginia women's swimming team couldn't match North Carolina's depth and lost in its bid for a third consecutive ACC Championship Saturday evening at the 2000 Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium. Host and 16th-ranked North Carolina won the ACC Championship by scoring 842.5 points, while the eighth-ranked Cavaliers finished second with 693.5 points. UVa first-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) won two more events Saturday evening and was named the Most Valuable Swimmer of the 22nd annual ACC Championship. With the two victories, Lane increased her total to four ACC titles (three individual and one relay) and also set several records in the process. She set ACC Meet records in each of the events she won and also posted new UVa marks in the 200 fly, 500 free and 1650 free.
Following North Carolina (842.5) and Virginia (693.5) in the team standings were: Clemson (476.5), Maryland (442), Florida State (395.5), N.C. State (365) and Duke (132). As a team, Virginia won the most events of any school with eight (out of 20 events) at the ACC Championships. UNC won seven events, but was able to win the title with tremendous depth.
Lane won the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:07.71, more than 14 seconds ahead of UVa first-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep). With her time of 16:07.71, Lane set ACC, ACC Meet and Virginia school records. Lane broke her own ACC record of 16:09.98 set on December 5. She also bested the former ACC Meet record by more than 10 seconds. The previous record was 16:17.88 by UNC's Chrissy Miller. Lane won her fourth title of the meet by winning the 200 butterfly in a UVa school record time of 1:58.58.
Bosevska posted a time of 16:22.20 in taking second place in the 1650 free. Virginia finished second in the 400 free relay with a season-best time of 3:21.67. Fourth-year Kori Forster (New Orleans, La./Benjamin Franklin), third-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) and fourth-years Emily Trakas (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) all swam legs on the relay team. Iffland also placed second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.52, while Cronk was third in the 100 freestyle (50.60). Forster touched in 51.22 to take sixth place in the 100 free.
In addition to Lane, the Cavaliers had two other finalists in the 200 butterfly. Fourth-years while Laura Sullivan (Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) and Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) were sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 2:01.55 and 2:02.68. Third-year Valerie Oswald (Charlottesville, Va./McLean) posted a time of 2:19.00 to grab fifth place in the 200 breaststroke. In the three meter diving, third-year Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer, Wisc./Rufus King) and first-year Alison Sharp (Newton, Pa./Council Rock) finished seventh and eighth respectively. Colbert tallied 415.70 points for seventh place, while Sharp scored 404.15 to finish eighth.