UVa Women Swimmers Make it Seven Straight ACC Titles

The Cavaliers won their seventh straight ACC Championship, a conference record.

Virginia celebrates winning the 2014 ACC Women's Swimming and Women's and Men's Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, theACC.com)

The No. 7 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team captured its seventh consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The seven titles in a row is a record for ACC women’s swimming and diving and is the Cavaliers’ 12th overall title. The Cavaliers finished with 1,433 points to second-place North Carolina's 1,205.

“I am extremely proud of the way our team competed from the first race to the last,” UVa head coach Augie Busch said. “Their energy was outstanding all week and we were able to ride the momentum that we built the first night. Tremendous credit goes to my coaching staff, which did a fantastic job of getting the team ready for this meet."

Freshman Leah Smith came from nearly eight seconds behind with 100 yards to go to win the 1,650 free in a school-record time of 15:47.99. Smith won the 500 free Thursday night and was second in the 200 free Friday evening.

“I did not know if I that much left in the tank, but I knew I had to give it my all the last 150 yards if I was going to pull out the win and reach the time I wanted to,” Smith said. “This weekend has been a great experience because the team has done awesome this weekend. I’m just so fortunate to be a part of such a great team.”

In the 200 back, sophomore Courtney Bartholomew successfully defended her conference title, winning in an ACC Championship record time of 1:52.37. It is Bartholomew’s fourth individual ACC title, adding to her 100 back championships from Thursday evening and last season.

Freshman Laura Simon broke the school record in the 200 breast, finishing second in a time of 2:07.68, nearly a second faster than her school-record prelim time of 2:08.65.

“We talk weekly about how competition is how you get to the next level," Busch said. "Practice prepares you with the opportunity to succeed at any stage of the sport from the youth meets all the way up to the Olympics. We took advantage of that opportunity this week and took a big step in moving on to the next level.”

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