Thursday, February 19, 2009
Updated: February 20, 12:04 PM ET
Thursday tidbits: Wrestling and swimming
The ESPN Statistics and Analysis team compiled information from various schools and is hooking you up with some interesting notes about recent and upcoming college competition:
North Carolina vs. Newberry, 5 p.m. ET
The Newberry College wrestling team remained at No. 2 in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association Poll, released Thursday. In total, the scarlet and gray have seven wrestlers nationally ranked in the top eight of their respective weight classes with three ranked in the top three.
Newberry has been ranked in all six polls and began the season ranked seventh in the preseason poll.
Newberry's highest-ranked wrestler is Cy Wainwright (Green Cove Spring, Fla.), who is first in the 285-pound weight class. Wainwright is a returning All-American and is undefeated on the season, posting a 27-0 record. Wainwright has dominated his competition this season by defeating all of his opponents by either a pinfall (nine), technical fall (five), major decision (eight) or by default/forfeit (five). Wainwright has defeated four nationally ranked wrestlers this season.
Newberry has gone 21-2 on the season with 12 wins over nationally ranked Division II teams, two wins over Division I opponents and placed second at the prestigious NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals.
The Virginia women's swimming and diving team commenced the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships on Wednesday in record-setting fashion by smashing the conference, school and meet records in the first two events of the meet: the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The championships, which run through Saturday, are being held at Maryland's Eppley Recreation Natatorium.
The team of Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Liz Shaw and Kristen Wallace completed the 200 medley relay in 1:37.50 -- an NCAA automatic qualifying standard. The conference and meet record of 1:38.59 was previously held by Florida State (set in 2006) while Virginia's school record was set a year ago when Christensen, McDonnell, Stephanie Glover and Hannah Davis clocked 1:40.19 at the conference meet. Megan Evo, Shaw, Wallace and Jenna Harris teamed up to take first-place honors in the 800 freestyle relay, again setting conference, school and meet records. Virginia finished with another NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7:05.72, breaking the ACC and school record set by UVA's Stephanie Glover, Evo, Harris and Jessica Lewis at the 2008 NCAA championships.