Sophomore Lauren Weaver broke her own school record in the 50 free twice on Thursday, besting her previous mark of 23.32 set at last year's ACC Championships with a 22.86 clocking in the morning prelims to qualify for the championship final. In the evening session, Weaver broke her own record again, finishing fifth in 22.79 to improve upon her 19th-place showing in the finals last season. In addition, both marks on the day were good for NCAA provisional qualifying times.
Fellow sophomore Christine Wixted also notched a pair of NCAA provisional times with her performances in the 200 IM. The Greenwood Village, Colo., native posted a time of 2:01.21 in the morning prelims, and improved upon that mark in the consolation final with a 2:00.29 clocking to place 10th overall.
"The folks that we got back tonight swam extremely well," said head coach Dan Colella. "To have Christine drop the way she did from prelims was a great swim. And then to cap off the night with Lauren breaking the school record again, finishing fifth, was a great end to the day ... The next few days, I think that's where we're really going to be able to set ourselves up to have some great swims."
In the opening event of Thursday's evening session, the 200 free relay team of Weaver, Wixted, freshman Megan McCarroll and senior Steffi Niessl grabbed an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:32.6 to finish ninth overall. The mark was Duke's best of the season in the event, with Weaver also recording a 23.02 split in the leadoff position.
Duke's divers saw their first action of the ACC Championships on day two, competing in the preliminaries of the men's 3-meter and women's 1-meter events.
Senior Cody Kolodziejzyk paced the Blue Devils with a 14th-place finish on the 3-meter board, earning a score of 332.70 to surpass the NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying mark. Freshman Clay Pinckney placed 18th in his first ACC Championships appearance, while junior Jordan Long and senior Shawn Hoffman finished 19th and 21st, respectively. In the women's 1-meter diving competition, senior Jessica Lyden achieved her ninth NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying mark of the season, scoring 265.85 points to place 17th in the preliminary round.
The morning preliminaries saw several other Blue Devils compete in individual events, with senior Meghan Dwyer posting Duke's fourth-best time of the season in the 500 free. Dwyer touched in 4:57.62 to finish 24th overall. Freshman Ali Horn and junior Cara Vogel both recorded personal-bests in the prelims of the 200 IM while also advancing to the evening's bonus final. In the evening session, Vogel came in 22nd at 2:04.13 and Horn took 24th with a time of 2:05.21.
After two days of competition, Virginia sits atop the team rankings with 311 total points, followed by North Carolina (197) and Florida State (166). Duke is currently in ninth place with 86 points.
The action continues Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. The afternoon diving slate includes the prelims and finals of the men's 1-meter competition, as well as the prelims of the women's 3-meter event. Evening finals begin at 7 p.m.
Team Standings Through Day Two:
|2. North Carolina||197|
|3. Florida State||166|
|4. Virginia Tech||130|
|7. Georgia Tech||105.5|
|8. NC State||96.5|
|11. Boston College||36|