February 19, 2015
Tech in fifth-place at the women's ACC Championships
Arnett takes the bronze medal in the 1-meter
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ACC Championships (Women)
Virginia Tech Fifth

ATLANTA - The Virginia Tech women’s swimming & diving team finished the second day of the ACC Championships in fifth place at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, led by Kaylea Arnett, who took the bronze medal in the 1-meter diving event.

The H2Okies have a team score of 342 in fifth, trailing Louisville by 27 points. They lead sixth-place Miami by 75 points. Virginia leads all teams with a score of 486.

“We had some real strong moments today,” head coach Ned Skinner said. “Even though we had a couple bad breaks in placing during prelims, our ladies came back tonight and performed well in the finals. Our divers were once again rock solid on the boards and we have a lot of great opportunities ahead of us.”

Arnett posted a score of 333.45 in the 1-meter diving finals, earning the bronze medal. In a tight final event, Arnett trailed first-place finisher Katrina Young from Florida State by only four points. This is Arnett’s second medal of this year’s championships after she won the 3-meter title on Wednesday.

Ashley Buchter barely missed qualification for the evening 1-meter finals event, taking ninth place with a score of 281.50. The ninth-place finish is the sophomore’s highest finish in her career, besting last year’s 16th-place finish. Kelli Stockton finished just behind her in 11th place with a score of 274.60. Throughout her storied career, the senior has finished 14th (2014) and 9th (2013).

In the individual swimming events, Jessica Hespeler earned tenth-place after touching the wall in 4:43.26 - a new school record and personal-best time.

In the 200 IM, Fiona Donnelly set another school record, taking ninth-place after finishing in 1:58.36. Only a few spots behind her, Holly Harper took 13th with a time of 1:59.03. Laura Schwartz finished in 20th with a time of 2:02.35, and Mackenzie Stewart took 24th after clocking in at 2:02.76.

In the final event of the night, Tech’s 200 free relay team finished seventh with a time of 1:31.38 behind Margaret Parcell, Caroline Buscaglia, Holly Harper and Jessica Hespeler to earn Tech 46 team points.

Day three of the ACC Championships begin Friday at 10 a.m. with the prelims for the 400 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free, the 100 breast, the 100 back and the men’s 3-meter diving . Finals begin at 6 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN3. Live results will available here.

There is no charge for admission to the 2015 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. Parking is available for $10 for a single day or for $36 for a four-day pass. Details on parking can be found here.

Please visit the official championship website for all championship information including a full event schedule and live results.

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