Lauren Perdue Leads UVA To ACC Title

Senior Lauren Perdue was named the ACC Championships’ Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third time in her career as the Virginia women won their 6th consecutive ACC title Saturday.

Perdue picked up ACC titles in the 200 yard freestyle and the 800 yard freestyle relay.

The Cavaliers, who won their 11th ACC title overall, finished with 832 points, followed by Virginia Tech (536), North Carolina (508), Florida State (497), NC State (438), Miami (389), Duke (246), Georgia Tech (158), Boston College (98) and Clemson diving (12).

“We got off to a wonderful start on Thursday and carried that momentum into the rest of the meet,” UVa head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We won a couple of events on Friday and had a bunch of top-three finishes. We had a bunch of top-time performances and what’s pretty cool about this team is that there is only one senior (Lauren Perdue) on the scoring team.

“We had a lot of first-year girls that hit some incredibly high levels and a bunch of second- and third-year swimmers who continue to improve and work hard. I didn’t know we would have as many young bodies at this meet as we did, but they turned out to be pretty darn good, worked pretty darn hard, faced adversity and raced like veterans.”

For Virginia, the six straight titles matches North Carolina (1981-96 and 1991-96) for the most consecutive women’s ACC Championships. For Bernardino, this is his 26th conference title at the helm of Virginia. He has won 15 men’s titles in addition to the 11 women’s crowns.