By Chandler Brandes, ACC Beat Writer
Kelsi Worrell lit up the 2016 ACC Women’s Championships with the fourth-fastest time ever in the 100-yard fly. Hit refresh for the latest coverage.
The Louisville senior electrified the Greensboro Aquatic Center, winning the 100 fly in 50.06.
Although that time was a few tenths off her American and NCAA record of 49.81, it was fast enough to break her own ACC meet record set last year. Her time is the fourth fastest time ever swum in the event, as only she and Natalie Coughlin have gone faster.
Virginia’s Kaitlyn Jones won the 400 IM in 4:06.66 after finishing second in the event last year. This is the junior’s first individual ACC title.
Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo dropped over four seconds from her prelims time to finish second in 4:07.63. NC State’s Hannah Moore took third in 4:07.64, .01 from second place. Moore had the fastest freestyle split of the field, finishing in 55.84.
Virginia’s Jen Marrkand dominated the B-Final in 4:09.94. Pitt’s Amanda Richey won the C-Final in 4:17.17.
Worrell stole the show in the 100 fly, but North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt finished second in 51.15. NC State’s Natalie Labonge dropped over half a second from this morning to take third in 51.93.
NC State’s Ashlyn Koletic took the B-Final in 52.64, and Miami’s My Fridell won the C-Final in 53.59.
The biggest upset of the night came from Mallory Comerford in the 200 free, who led the race from start to finish. The Louisville freshman won in 1:42.79, dropping over a second off her prelims time. Her time broke the ACC meet record set by Leah Smith as the leadoff on Virginia’s 800 free relay on Wednesday.
Smith took second in 1:42.97, followed by teammate Megan Moroney in 1:44.90.
Louisville’s Abbie Houck won the B-Final in 1:45.83, and Notre Dame’s Kyra Sarazen claimed the C-Final in 1:47.08.
Andee Cottrell won Louisville’s third event of the night, this time in the 100 breast. The junior won the event in 58.26, breaking the ACC meet and conference record set by Emma Reaney.
Virginia’s Laura Simon took nearly one second off her prelims time to finish second in 58.73. Virginia Tech’s Weronika Paluszek dropped almost three seconds from her seed time to take third in 59.37.
Duke’s Ashleigh Shanley won the B-Final in 1:01.77 and Georgia Tech’s Darrell Cowley took the C-Final in 1:02.23.
Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew cruised to first in the 100 back, finishing with a time of 50.74. Her time broke her own meet record of 51.15 she set during prelims. This is the senior’s eighth individual ACC title of her career.
NC State’s Alexia Zevnik took second in 51.27, nearly one second off her prelims time. Moffitt, not too long after her second-place finish in the 100 fly, took third in 51.62.
Louisville’s Alina Kendzior won the B-Final in 53.01 and Pitt’s Blair Wegescheide took the C-Final in 54.12.
The women’s 3m diving event was exciting contest with numerous lead changes, but the title ultimately went to Pitt’s Meme Sharp. The sophomore won with a score of 360.00
North Carolina’s Elissa Dawson took second with 353.40. Third went to Virginia’s Rebecca Corbett with 351.70.
400 Medley Relay
The final event of the night brought the crowd to their feet, as Virginia edged Louisville by .07 en route to breaking the meet record they set last year.
The Cavalier team of Bartholomew (50.55), Simon (58.53), Jones (51.69), and Ellen Thomas (47.48) won in 3:28.25. The Cardinal team of Kendzior (53.22), Cottrell, Worrell, and Comerford (47.48) touched in a close second in 3:28.32.
NC State’s Zevnik (51.64), Kayla Brumbaum (59.02), Krista Duffield (52.38), and Riki Bonnema (47.54) finished third in 3:30.58.
Friday finals results: 2016 Women’s ACC Friday Finals – Results
Current Team Standings:
2. NC State-753
3. North Carolina-683
5. Notre Dame-399.5
7. Virginia Tech-381.5
9. Florida State-247
11. Georgia Tech-208.5
12. Boston College-90
13. Clemson (diving)-38