Miami Opens Championships with Silver Medal
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Miami swimming & diving team started its run at the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in impressive fashion Wednesday, as the Canes' 200-Yard Medley Relay entry captured a silver medal in the night's opening event.
"I'm really excited about the evening," head swimming coach Christie Shefchunas said. "It sets us up for a great week."
The 200 Medley Relay team, comprised of senior Celeste Degen, senior Sofia Johansson, freshman Katie Ligon and sophomore Lucy Worrall, touched the wall in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:38.45. The Hurricanes, who earned a bronze medal in the event at the 2012 ACC Championships, finished narrowly behind Virginia Tech (1:38.30) and just ahead of third-place NC State (1:38.52).
"We always want to be on the medal stand in the 200 Medley Relay, so to get silver is a huge deal," Shefchunas said. "Lucy's butterfly split was the fastest of the meet, and we're excited about that too. It was a great team performance."
The Hurricanes' 800-Yard Freestyle Relay team ended the night with a strong showing of its own, taking fourth in the event. Senior Christine Andersen, freshman My Fridell, senior Hannah Kling and Worrall touched the wall in 7:17.60. The finish was the best of any 800 Freestyle Relay team under Coach Shefchunas, now in her seventh year at the helm of the program.
"It sets us up for a great week," Shefchunas said. "We're all looking forward to it. The girls are in great spirits, and we know it's going to be a great week."
The Hurricanes continue their run at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Thursday. For live updates from the ACC Championships, visit @ACCSwimDive or http://www.theacc.co/swimdivechamps.