DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's swimming and diving team and the men's diving team will begin the championship portion of their seasons Wednesday, Feb. 20 as they make the short trip to Greensboro, N.C. to compete at the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The championship meet will be held for the first time at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Events get underway the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 20 and continue with preliminaries and finals sessions at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23.
The ACC features three women's teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in No. 11 Virginia, No. 15 Carolina and No. 22 Florida State. The Cavaliers have won five consecutive conference championships heading into the four-day meet.
The Duke women concluded the regular season with an overall record of 2-6 and a 1-5 mark against ACC opponents to finish sixth in the conference standings.
Last year's ACC Championships saw the Blue Devil women finish ninth while setting seven school records and registering All-ACC performances in three events. Jessica Lyden won the ACC title in women's 3-meter springboard diving and junior Christine Wixted landed a spot on the podium with a pair of third-place finishes in the breaststroke events.
Action begins Wednesday night in Greensboro with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relay events. Duke's 200 medley relay team of sophomore Megan McCarroll, Wixted, junior Lauren Weaver and freshman Chelsea Ye ranks sixth in the conference heading into the meet but posted first-place finishes against ACC foes Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia during the regular season.
Wixted will vie for her first individual ACC title Thursday in the 200 IM. The junior from Greenwood Village, Colo., has notched one NCAA provisional standard in the event this season and currently ranks third in the conference with a time of 1:59.55. Thursday's action in Greensboro will also see Weaver compete in the 50 freestyle after taking fifth at last year's ACC Championships. The diving events also get underway on Thursday with the men's 1-meter and women's 3-meter springboard competitions. Junior Nick McCrory is the conference leader on the 1-meter board heading into the championship meet and has previously captured ACC titles in that event in 2010 and 2011.
Friday's events include the 400 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, as well as the men's 3-meter and women's 1-meter springboard diving competitions. Wixted ranks 29th nationally in the 100 breaststroke and will be in the hunt for a spot on the podium after taking third last season, while McCarroll will look to lead the Blue Devils in the 100 backstroke after setting the school record in the event at last year's ACC Championships. On the boards, McCrory is a two-time conference champion at the 3-meter height and senior Jordan Long has turned in three first-place finishes in the event this season.
The ACC Championships wrap up Saturday with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and the men's and women's platform diving events. McCarroll ranks among the conference leaders in the 200 backstroke and will be joined in the event by senior and program record holder Cara Vogel, while rookie Kiera Molloy is the Blue Devils' top distance swimmer heading into championship season. Wixted currently ranks second in the ACC in the 200 breaststroke and finished third in the conference a year ago. In addition, McCrory previously won the conference title on the platform in 2010.
For a complete schedule of events, visit the 2013 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships homepage at http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-swimming-diving-championships.html.
Live results will be available throughout the week and live streaming of finals sessions on Thursday through Saturday will be broadcast on the ACC Digital Network and on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the Blue Devils (@Duke_SWIM_DIVE) and the ACC (@ACCSwimDive) on Twitter for live updates throughout the meet.