Feb. 18, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of North Carolina defended their title on Saturday winning the ACC Swim and Dive Championships with a total of 823 points, 183.50 points higher than second place Virginia (639.50). Clemson finished in third with 522.50 points, while Maryland claimed the fourth spot with 460 points. Florida State finished in fifth with 421 points, with North Carolina State (345) and Duke (159) rounding out the sixth and seventh spots, respectively.
Freshman diver, Chelsie Lerew had a remarkable showing at her first ACC Championships, sweeping the diving competitions in both the one-meter and three-meter dives. After FSU claimed the top three spots in the one-meter dive on Thursday, Lerew, Hirai, and Sekeres were hungry for more. Lerew would take first place in the preliminary action on Friday and carried her impressive performance to the finals on Saturday. She would go on to finish the evening with 493.70 points, her second highest point total of the season, to win the three-meter diving competition. With her outstanding performance, Lerew was honored with the Most Valuable Diver Award at this year’s ACC Championships.
In other diving results, Caren Hirai finished in sixth place with 423.85 points, while Michelle Sekeres came in 11th with 379.15.
In the 100 Freestyle, returning champion Christy Cech looked to repeat her performance from last year. She finished the morning prelims in first place with a time of 50.21. Then in the championship final, Cech would go on to finish in a time of 50.14, which was good for third place overall.
Keryn Krynauw and Emma Dutton had a good meet for the Lady Noles placing in the top six in both the 100 and 200 Breaststroke this weekend. In the championship final of the 200 Breaststroke, Krynauw and Dutton would finish third and fifth, respectively. Krynauw’s time of 2:14.93 was a new personal best for her this season. Kristen Keelen finished third in the consolation final and 11th overall in a time of 2:20.53.
The men’s swimming and diving team will head to Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday, February 22, 2001 for Day 1 of competition at the ACC Championships.