2020 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Day 4 Prelims: UVA, NC State Vie for Crown

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NC State's Sophie Hansson Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Virginia put itself in position to reclaim the ACC Championship Saturday night, placing 11 swimmers in A finals on the final day of the four-day meet. UVA enters finals, which comprises six swimming events and platform diving, with a lead of 113 points over NC State.

ACC Swimming Championships, Greensboro Aquatic Center

Ups, downs, mids (Teams in order of scoring after Friday night)

Virginia 11, 3, 2
NC State 8, 4, 1
Louisville 6, 4, 5
North Carolina 3, 5, 3
Notre Dame 3, 2, 4
Duke 1, 4, 5
Florida State 0, 2, 4
Virginia Tech 0, 4, 2
Georgia Tech 0, 1, 2
Miami 0, 1, 1
Pitt 0, 2, 2
Boston College 0, 0, 0

200 backstroke

It’s an ACC Championships team-title battleground right out the gate, with eight of the top nine spots owned by the two contenders. NC State garnered the top two seeds, with Emma Muzzy nearly matching her seed time to take the top spot in 1:51.92, ahead of 100 back champ Katharine Berkoff. They’re followed by two UVA swimmers, Megan Moroney third and Emma Seiberlich fourth. NC State’s Danika Huizinga (fifth) and Mackenzie Glover (eighth) and UVA’s Erin Earley (sixth) and Marcella Maguire (ninth) will also factor in.

Event 17  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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         Meet: @ 1:49.61  2/16/2017 Alexia Zevnik, NCSU-NC
          ACC: ! 1:49.09  3/18/2017 Alexia Zevnik, NC State
     American: * 1:47.16  3/10/2019 Regan Smith
         NCAA: $ 1:47.24  3/21/2019 Beatta Nelson, WISC
    U.S. Open: # 1:47.16  3/10/2019 Regan Smith
  Pool Record: & 1:47.91  3/21/2015 Missy Franklin, CAL-PC
                 1:50.50  A
                 1:54.01  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:57.11  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Muzzy, Emma      SO NC State          1:51.80    1:51.92 qIV19  
                 26.37        54.31 (27.94)
        1:23.11 (28.80)     1:51.92 (28.81)
  2 Berkoff, Kathar  FR NC State          1:52.29    1:52.69 qIV19  
                 26.32        54.34 (28.02)
        1:23.26 (28.92)     1:52.69 (29.43)
  3 Moroney, Megan   SR UVA               1:55.05    1:53.33 qIV19  
                 27.05        55.64 (28.59)
        1:24.13 (28.49)     1:53.33 (29.20)
  4 Seiberlich, Emm  JR UVA               1:52.81    1:53.59 qIV19  
                 27.74        56.64 (28.90)
        1:25.19 (28.55)     1:53.59 (28.40)
  5 Huizinga, Danik  JR NC State          1:54.66    1:53.77 qIV19  
                 27.11        55.53 (28.42)
        1:24.71 (29.18)     1:53.77 (29.06)
  6 Earley, Erin     JR UVA               1:55.57    1:54.26 qB     
                 26.90        55.12 (28.22)
        1:24.47 (29.35)     1:54.26 (29.79)
  7 Stewart, Bayley  SO ND                1:55.93    1:54.27 qB     
                 27.65        56.53 (28.88)
        1:25.39 (28.86)     1:54.27 (28.88)
  8 Glover, Mackenz  SR NC State          1:53.88    1:54.74 qB     
                 26.93        55.44 (28.51)
        1:24.98 (29.54)     1:54.74 (29.76)

100 freestyle

Louisville’s Casey Fanz is the top seed and the only one to crack 48 seconds in 47.94. But the big guns loom behind. Morgan Hill, the top seed, coasted to fourth in 48.12. NC State’s Kylee Alons and Alyssa Marsh of Duke are tied as the second seed. NC State’s Ky-lee Perry missed the A final, settling for ninth.

 Event 18  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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         Meet: @ 46.57  2/23/2019 Mallory Comerford, Louisville-KY
          ACC: ! 46.20  3/17/2018 Mallory Comerford, Louisville-KY
     American: * 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         NCAA: $ 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
    U.S. Open: # 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
  Pool Record: & 46.09  3/21/2015 Simone Manuel, STAN-PC
                 47.18  A
                 48.56  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 49.51  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Fanz, Casey      SR Louisville          48.92      47.94 qIV19  
                 22.95        47.94 (24.99)
  2 Alons, Kylee     SO NC State            48.78      48.10 qIV19  
                 23.04        48.10 (25.06)
  2 Marsh, Alyssa    SR Duke                48.11      48.10 qIV19  
                 22.88        48.10 (25.22)
  4 Hill, Morgan     SR UVA                 47.74      48.12 qIV19  
                 23.16        48.12 (24.96)
  5 Openysheva, Ari  JR Louisville          49.10      48.28 qIV19  
                 23.13        48.28 (25.15)
  6 Hauder, Carolin  JR UNC                 48.48      48.41 qIV19  
                 23.08        48.41 (25.33)
  7 Cuomo, Alexa     FR UVA                 49.52      48.67 qB     
                 23.13        48.67 (25.54)
  7 Cole, Emma       JR UNC                 48.22      48.67 qB     
                 23.51        48.67 (25.16)

200 breaststroke

It’s like a broken record: UVA 1-2, NC State 3-4, three from each school in the A final. Sophie Hansson is the third seed as the Wolfpack sophomore seeks to repeat her breaststroke double from last year, and 100 breast runner-up Alexis Wenger of UVA is sixth. Fellow cavalier Margaret Nelson claimed the top seed in prelims in 2:07.23. The top seed entering the meet, Kate Douglass, is second, trailed by Hansson and NC State teammate Julia Poole.

Event 19  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         Meet: @ 2:04.34  2/22/2014 Emma Reaney, Notre Dame
          ACC: ! 2:04.06  3/22/2014 Emma Reaney, Notre Dame
     American: * 2:02.60  3/17/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
         NCAA: $ 2:02.60  3/17/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
    U.S. Open: # 2:02.60  3/17/2018 Lilly King, Indiana-IN
  Pool Record: & 2:04.34  2/22/2014 Emma Reaney, UND-IN
                 2:06.84  A
                 2:09.77  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 2:13.97  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Nelson, Margare  FR UVA               2:10.50    2:07.23 qIV19  
                 29.55      1:01.72 (32.17)
        1:34.18 (32.46)     2:07.23 (33.05)
  2 Douglass, Kathe  FR UVA               2:06.19    2:07.67 qIV19  
                 29.30      1:01.55 (32.25)
        1:34.43 (32.88)     2:07.67 (33.24)
  3 Hansson, Sophie  SO NC State          2:08.31    2:08.44 qIV19  
                 28.99      1:01.52 (32.53)
        1:34.47 (32.95)     2:08.44 (33.97)
  4 Poole, Julia     JR NC State          2:09.75    2:09.06 qIV19  
                 29.49      1:02.14 (32.65)
        1:35.28 (33.14)     2:09.06 (33.78)
  5 Friesen, Morgan  JR Louisville        2:11.39    2:09.23 qIV19  
                 29.59      1:02.39 (32.80)
        1:35.49 (33.10)     2:09.23 (33.74)
  6 Wenger, Alexis   SO UVA               2:10.85    2:09.70 qIV19  
                 29.17      1:02.19 (33.02)
        1:35.70 (33.51)     2:09.70 (34.00)
  7 Astashkina, Mar  JR Louisville        2:09.38    2:09.87 qB     
                 29.33      1:02.17 (32.84)
        1:35.67 (33.50)     2:09.87 (34.20)
  8 Calegan, Olivia  JR NC State          2:14.06    2:11.00 qB     
                 28.79      1:01.52 (32.73)
        1:35.93 (34.41)     2:11.00 (35.07)

200 butterfly

Abigail Richter gives Virginia another top seed and a chance to pile the points for an ACC championship in an event where NC State has just one B finalist. Richter clocked in at 1:54.69 with Notre Dame’s Coleen Gilligan second. UVA also pushed Jessica Nava (fourth) and Julia Menkhaus (eighth) into the championship final.

Event 20  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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         Meet: @ 1:52.81  2/23/2019 Grace Oglesby, Louisville-KY
          ACC: ! 1:50.61  3/19/2016 Kelsi Worrell, LVLE-KY
     American: * 1:49.59  3/15/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         NCAA: $ 1:49.59  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
    U.S. Open: # 1:49.51  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
  Pool Record: & 1:51.11  3/21/2015 Kelsi Worrell, UOFL-KY
                 1:53.20  A
                 1:56.18  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:59.23  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Richter, Abigai  JR UVA               1:55.32    1:54.69 qIV19  
                 25.74        54.75 (29.01)
        1:24.26 (29.51)     1:54.69 (30.43)
  2 Gillilan, Colee  FR ND                1:55.94    1:54.95 qIV19  
                 25.25        54.06 (28.81)
        1:23.54 (29.48)     1:54.95 (31.41)
  3 Oglesby, Grace   SR Louisville        1:54.47    1:55.03 qIV19  
                 25.91        54.68 (28.77)
        1:24.09 (29.41)     1:55.03 (30.94)
  4 Nava, Jessica    SO UVA               1:57.60    1:55.14 qIV19  
                 25.56        54.45 (28.89)
        1:24.59 (30.14)     1:55.14 (30.55)
  5 Kraus, Alena     SO Louisville        1:56.24    1:56.31 qB     
                 25.76        54.98 (29.22)
        1:25.03 (30.05)     1:56.31 (31.28)
  6 Cameron, Bryann  SR UNC               1:56.06    1:56.37 qB     
                 25.85        54.80 (28.95)
        1:25.18 (30.38)     1:56.37 (31.19)
  7 Thomas, Luciana  SO ND                1:56.74    1:56.77 qB     
                 26.74        56.27 (29.53)
        1:26.24 (29.97)     1:56.77 (30.53)
  8 Menkhaus, Julia  SO UVA               1:58.23    1:57.19 qB     
                 25.95        55.33 (29.38)
        1:25.63 (30.30)     1:57.19 (31.56)

Also Saturday night is the 1,650 free, where Paige Madden is the top seed among 1,650 times (1,000 free times are also factored in). Kathleen Moore and Makayla Sargent of NC State and UVA’s Madelyn Donohoe comprise the top four. UVA could sneak some points via diving, with Sydney Dusel have scored in the one- and three-meter springboards. Jenn Bell and Jocelyn Porter have also scored points for the Cavaliers on the boards. UVA holds the top seed in the 400 free relay (3:12.30), with NC State and UNC third, all in NCAA A cuts.

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