Cavalier Women Swim Team Captures Fifth Straight ACC Championship

February 18, 2012

The Virginia women’s swim team captured its 10th Atlantic Coast Conference crown Saturday. The win gives the Cavaliers five straight conference titles.

The Wahoos finished with 848 points. North Carolina was second (615) and Florida State took third (460).

The class of 2012 – Kelly Flynn, Meredith Perdue and Erika Stewart – become just the second class in UVa history to depart with four titles.

Virginia capped the meet by edging out Maryland for a win in the 400 freestyle relay. Lauren Perdue, Meredith Cavalier, Flynn and Emily Lloyd teamed up to win the event.

On Saturday, Cavalier, a junior, won her first career individual title leading a Virginia sweep in the 200 backstroke. Perdue then claimed her third straight title in the 100 freestyle and Fox won her second individual event of the week in the 200 butterfly.

Cavalier was first to the wall in 1:54.70, headlining a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 backstroke. Freshman Ellen Williamson took second in the event. Sophomore Caroline Kenney was third overall.

Two more Cavaliers – Charlotte Clarke and Stewart – rounded out the final in the 200 backstroke. Clarke was fifth in 1:55.84 and Stewart touched in 1:58.60.

Fox picked up the victory in 200 butterfly with a winning time of 1:56.02. She also won the 400 individual medley on Friday. Freshman Ellen Williamson joined her on the podium with a third-place performance in 1:57.56 and Alison Haulsee, another freshman in the final, was sixth overall in 1:59.36.

Perdue won the 100 freestyle in 48.27, her sixth career ACC individual title.

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