The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team won the 2008 ACC Championship in spectacular fashion Saturday, besting second-place North Carolina by 228 points on the campus of Georgia Tech. This marks Virginia’s sixth ACC women’s championship, with the last coming in 2004. Virginia finished the four-day competition with 800 points; North Carolina was second (572) while Florida State placed third (544.5).
UVa comes home with three relay titles and three individual titles; all the individual titles were won by freshmen.
Rookie Liz Shaw was the epitome of dominance in the 200 fly on the final day of the event, setting her second ACC meet record in the preliminaries and then breaking it later in the finals. Her winning time of 1:56.07 also broke the conference record she set earlier in the season in the dual meet against North Carolina. Shaw automatically qualified for NCAAs. Hannah Davis, Stephanie Glover, Megan Evo, and Jessica Lewis teamed up to set a conference record and an ACC meet record in the 400 free relay, finishing in 3:18.69 to capture the crown. That time was just .3 seconds short of an NCAA ‘A’ standard.
In the 200 back, Mei Christensen put in a solid performance, placing second and automatically qualifying for NCAAs with a time of 1:56.27