CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virginia first-year Cara Lane (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) broke her own Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Meet record in winning the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:43.21 at the 2000 Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday evening at the Maurice J. Koury Natatorium. In addition, UVa first-year Mirjana Bosevska (Skopje, Macedonia/Trinity Prep) also broke an ACC Meet record as she won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.59. Both swimmers established new school records with their performances as well. Lane and Bosevska's performances weren't enough as host and 16th-ranked North Carolina leads two-time defending champion and eighth-ranked Virginia 246-231.5 after the first of three days of competition.
Clemson stands third with 139.5 points, while N.C. State is fourth with 139. Maryland (100), Florida State (92) and Duke (52) round out the field.
Lane originally broke the ACC Meet record in the 500 free in the preliminaries when she touched in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:44.90. Betsy O'Connell held the former school record in the 500 free with a time of 4:44.47 set in 1988. Bosevska edged UNC's Katie Hathaway by four one-hundredths of a second in setting the ACC and UVa school records in the 200 IM. The former Cavalier record in the 200 IM was held by Karen Burgess, who swam 2:00.81 in 1993. Lane led a one-two-three Virginia sweep in the 500 free as fourth-years Emily Carrig (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and Laura Sullivan (Sarasota, Fla./Peddie School) clocked times of 4:48.76 and 4:49.23, respectively, to finished second and third.
In the 50 free, fourth-year Rebecca Cronk (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle), the 1999 ACC 50 free champion, finished second to UNC's Christy Watkins with a time of 22.99 seconds. Watkins won with a time of 22.66. Third-year Megan Iffland (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) was eighth in the 50 with a time of 23.63 seconds. Third-year Valerie Oswald (Charlottesville, Va./McLean) turned in a great effort in the 200 IM, as she placed fourth with a time of 2:03.56.
Virginia finished second to North Carolina in both relay events. In the 200 freestyle relay, UVa posted a time of 1:32.22, while the Tar Heels won in 1:31.84. In the 400 medley relay, the 'Hoos finished second in 3:41.47, while UNC won the relay with a time of 3:40.81.
In the one-meter diving competition, first-year Alison Sharp (Newton, Pa./Council Rock) had an excellent performance as she finished second with 374.65 points. Courtney Colbert (Brown Deer, Wisc./Rufus King) placed eighth in the same event with 358.50 points.
The 2000 ACC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continue Friday with preliminaries beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals commencing at 7:00 p.m. The meet concludes Saturday evening.