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February 20, 2010
H2Okie women finish fifth at ACC Championships
Tech women earn several NCAA "B" qualifying times.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Lady H2Okies concluded the 2010 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships with a fifth-place finish on Saturday evening at Koury Natatorium.

Erika Hajnal earned her second individual title in the ACC Championships, winning the 1650 freestyle in 16:01.99 and earning an NCAA “B” cut. Lauren Ritter and Laura Simon also earned “B” qualifying times with respective ninth- and 14th-place finishes.

Backstroker Sara Shapiro coupled Friday’s performance in the 100 back with another top-20 finish in the 200 back on Saturday, as she was the final point scorer in the 200 backstroke event with a time of 2:00.67, a season-best mark.

Katarina Filova was a medal winner for the second time in the championships, posting a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a “B” qualifying time and season-best finish of 49.26. Emily Ferguson also recorded a “B” mark as she finished 11th in 50.02. Kelly deMarrais took 15th to give the Lady H2Okies a third point scorer in the event.

The H2Okies then had three finishers in the top-20 in the 200 breaststroke, all who qualified for NCAA “B” cuts. Jessica Earl recorded a career-best ninth-place finish in 2:14.75, while Keri Sink and Sarah Losinger finished 14th and 17th, respectively. Meaghan Holloway and Abby Barney posted respective 18th and 20th-place finishes in the 200 butterfly event.

In the final event of the championships, the women posted a season-best third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay, but couldn’t beat Maryland who took second in the relay and fourth in the overall championships, beating Tech by a mere three points. Filova, deMarrais, Steffi Drechsel and Ferguson recorded an NCAA “B” mark of 3:17.97 in the relay.

Freshman Logan Shinholser posted an impressive school-record performance of 410.55 in the men’s platform event, finishing second only to Duke’s Nick McCrory, who set a new conference and ACC meet record. Mikey McDonald and Daniel Martin also finished in the top-10, scoring crucial points. The women were also led by a freshman, Sara Mokhtari, who finished ninth with a score of 213.40. Natalie West was the next finisher in 11th with a score of 207.70.

Virginia was named the women’s ACC Championships winner for the third-straight year with a score of 877.5. North Carolina and Florida State took second and third, respectively, with 642.5 and 545 points. Maryland squeaked by in fourth with 388 points, while the Hokies took a close fifth with 385.5 points.

The men’s ACC Championships will take place next week from Feb. 24th to Feb. 27th at Koury Natatorium. Live results will be available at theACC.com.

For updates on Virginia Tech swimming & diving, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_SwimDive).

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