Feb. 15, 2007
Chapel Hill, N.C. –
The action got started for real as individual preliminaries kicked off at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday February 15, 2007. The seventh ranked Seminoles sit in second place after two events of the 2007 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Sophomore Christie Raleigh (Tom’s River, N.J.) swam a NCAA “B” cut time of 22.88 in the 50-yard freestyle. She is seeded second for the finals. Senior Lauren Brick (Culpeper, Va.) also made the cut for the 50-yard freestyle final. Her time of 23.45 nabbed her the eighth and final slot for the finals. The other qualifier for the finals was freshman Jennifer Guyler, (Palm Harbor, Fla.) She made the cut for the 500-yard freestyle in an NCAA “B” cut time of 4:52.84. Guyler holds the fifth seed for the finals which begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Sophomore Caroline Robertson (Ocala, Fla.) qualified for the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:55.09, which was only 15 one-hundereths of a second shy of qualifying for the finals. The duo of freshman Katie Stratton (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Georgia Holderness (Butleigh, Somerset, England) made the cut for the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley. Straton’s 13th place time of 2:04.05 was under the NCAA “B” cut standards. Holderness finished the preliminary round in 14th place with a time of 2:04.16. Freshman Kylsie Grimes (Hartland, Wisc.) and junior Abbie King (Brunswick, Maine) both made the consolation final for the 50-yard freestyle. Grimes qualified 14th with a time of 23.57. King finished a mere two hundereths behind Grimes in 16th with a time of 23.59 seconds.
In the 500-yard freestyle, junior Lindsay Kenney (Plano, Texas) finished the preliminary round in 18th, placing her in the bonus final with a time of 4:59.00. Sophomore Meredith Martelle (Charlotte, N.C.) is the first alternate as a result of her 25th place finish in the preliminaries. Her time of 5:02.89 was only two hundereths shy of the cut line. Sophomore Ann Cipoletti (Charelston, W.V.) finished her preliminary swim in 17th place with a time of 2:04.66. She will compete in the bonus final. Junior Lauren Sparg’s (Durban, South Africa) 23.73 second time places her in the bonus final as the 18th seed.
Day two finals begin at 7:00 at the Koury Natatorium. The 500-yard freestyle will kick off the evening, which will be followed by the 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. Finals will also take place in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the men’s three-meter diving and women’s one-meter diving during the night session. If you can’t make it to the meet, you can watch all the ACCtion on ACC Select video streaming service.