Women’s swimming and diving finishes second place at ACC Championships

Cavaliers snap nine-year streak of conference titles despite strong performances

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Despite senior Leah Smith winning the 500 free ACC title for the fourth-straight year, Virginia finished second place.

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The No. 8 Virginia women’s swimming and diving teams finished second at the ACC Championships at the conclusion of action Thursday night. The Cavaliers (6-1, 4-1 ACC) failed to continue their previous streak of nine-straight ACC titles.

After the first day of the meet, which began Monday, the women’s team found itself in a dismal ninth place with 102 points despite winning the 800 free relay with an ACC-record time of 6:56.21 behind performances from senior Leah Smith, junior Jennifer Marrkand, freshman Morgan Hill and senior Kaitlyn Jones.

During the second day of the meet, Smith claimed the 500 free ACC title for the fourth-straight time, helping to propel the Cavaliers into second place with a score of 385.5.

After the third day of the ACC Championships, Virginia found itself in the wake of first place behind No. 7 NC State (3-1, 1-1 ACC), trailing by a score of 776.5 to 750. Senior Laura Simon headlined the successful night of swimming for the Cavaliers, finishing first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.46.

On the last day of the meet, the Cavaliers (1,100.5 points) were not able to make up enough ground to catch the Wolfpack (1,183.5 points). Ultimately, Virginia won four individual ACC titles.

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