2021 ACC Women’s Swimming Championships, Day Four Prelims: UVA on Verge of Another Team Title

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2021 ACC Women’s Swimming Championships

Greensboro, Day Four Heats

The 2021 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships continued Saturday from Greensboro, North Carolina with Virginia holding a comfortable lead over North Carolina state in the team standings. The Cavaliers benefited from a superb Night Three and will try to keep the momentum rolling during the last session of prelims.

Here is what unfolded during the Day Four prelims:

200 Backstroke

Coming off a dominant victory in the 100 backstroke from the previous night, N.C. States Katharine Berkoff put herself in position to collect a backstroke double as she clocked 1:50.82 in the 200 distance. That effort put Berkoff more than a second clear of teammate Emma Muzzy, who was timed in 1:52.23. Another Wolfpack swimmer, Kathleen Moore, grabbed the fourth position for the final, behind a swim of 1:52.87.

Alex Walsh, who has worn numerous hats for Virginia throughout the meet, qualified in the third spot on the strength of a 1:52.68 effort. Walsh already owns a conference title in the 200 individual medley and was third in the 100 breaststroke, examples of her versatility. The freshman has also played key roles on various UVA relays. The Cavaliers also advanced Reilly Tiltmann (1:53.44) to the final, as she placed just behind No. 5 qualifier Emma Atkinson of Virginia Tech, who went 1:53.04.

 

 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 Berkoff, Kathar  SO NC State          1:50.20    1:50.82 qIV19  
    r:+0.59  26.15        54.00 (27.85)
        1:22.26 (28.26)     1:50.82 (28.56)
  2 Muzzy, Emma      JR NC State          1:53.68    1:52.23 qIV19  
    r:+0.81  26.29        54.24 (27.95)
        1:23.10 (28.86)     1:52.23 (29.13)
  3 Walsh, Alexandr  FR UVA               1:53.26    1:52.68 qIV19  
    r:+0.76  26.71        54.95 (28.24)
        1:23.58 (28.63)     1:52.68 (29.10)
  4 Moore, Kathleen  SR NC State          1:51.95    1:52.87 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  26.70        55.12 (28.42)
        1:23.92 (28.80)     1:52.87 (28.95)
  5 Atkinson, Emma   FR VT                1:54.20    1:53.04 qIV19  
    r:+0.75  26.57        54.67 (28.10)
        1:23.55 (28.88)     1:53.04 (29.49)
  6 Tiltmann, Reill  FR UVA               1:59.30    1:53.44 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  26.87        54.79 (27.92)
        1:23.93 (29.14)     1:53.44 (29.51)
  7 Stewart, Bayley  JR ND                1:53.46    1:54.23 qB     
    r:+0.66  27.10        55.68 (28.58)
        1:24.69 (29.01)     1:54.23 (29.54)
  8 Salcutan, Tatia  FR Louisville        1:55.36    1:54.30 qB     
    r:+0.72  26.76        55.55 (28.79)
        1:24.83 (29.28)     1:54.30 (29.47)

100 Freestyle

Virginia put together a strong showing in the 100 freestyle, paced by Kate Douglass securing the top seed in 47.33, the only sub-48 mark of the morning. Douglass won the 100 butterfly on Friday night by dipping under the 50-second barrier and will be looking to go sub-47 in the 100 free. She will be joined in the final by fellow Cavaliers Alexa Cuomo (48.71) and Kyla Valls (49.34).

N.C. State’s Kylee Alons went 48.02 for the No. 2 seed while Sarah Shackelford of Virginia Tech touched the wall in 48.67 for the third seed. Tech’s Abigail Larson was 48.85 for the the fifth seed.

 

 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 Douglass, Kathe  SO UVA                 46.86      47.33 qIV19  
    r:+0.69  22.70        47.33 (24.63)
  2 Alons, Kylee     JR NC State            48.42      48.02 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  22.69        48.02 (25.33)
  3 Shackelford, Sa  SO VT                  48.87      48.67 qB     
    r:+0.69  23.37        48.67 (25.30)
  4 Cuomo, Alexa     SO UVA                 49.32      48.71 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.26        48.71 (25.45)
  5 Larson, Abigail  JR VT                  49.48      48.85 qB     
    r:+0.63  23.22        48.85 (25.63)
  6 Countie, Grace   JR UNC                 49.30      49.33 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.32        49.33 (26.01)
  7 Valls, Kyla      SR UVA                 49.35      49.34 qB     
    r:+0.67  23.74        49.34 (25.60)
  8 Fonville, Victo  SR NC State            49.86      49.40 qB

200 Breaststroke

This event figures to be a top-flight showdown, even with Virginia’s Kate Douglass opting for the 100 freestyle over the 200 breast. The top seed went to N.C. State’s Sophie Hansson in 2:06.35, and set the junior up to add gold to the title she won in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night. However, Hansson will have to deal with Virginia’s Ella Nelson, who grabbed the second seed in 2:06.88.

N.C. State’s Andrea Podmanikova enters the final as the third seed, off a morning swim of 2:08.52, and was followed in fourth by Virginia’s Anna Keating (2:08.68). N.C. State’s Abigail Arens (2:08.92) and Julia Poole (2:09.00) were in fifth and sixth and UVA’s Alexis Wenger was seventh in 2:09.36, with Duke’s Sarah Foley at 2:10.12 for the eighth seed.

 

 Event 19  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         Meet: @ 2:04.34  2/22/2014 Emma Reaney, Notre Dame
          ACC: ! 2:03.93  11/18/2020Katherine Douglass, UVA-VA
     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 Hansson, Sophie  JR NC State          2:11.98    2:06.35 qA     
    r:+0.75  28.72      1:00.75 (32.03)
        1:33.42 (32.67)     2:06.35 (32.93)
  2 Nelson, Margare  SO UVA               2:07.19    2:06.88 qIV19  
    r:+0.69  29.25      1:01.35 (32.10)
        1:33.82 (32.47)     2:06.88 (33.06)
  3 Podmanikova, An  JR NC State          2:06.99    2:08.52 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  28.71      1:01.59 (32.88)
        1:35.03 (33.44)     2:08.52 (33.49)
  4 Keating, Anna    FR UVA               2:07.26    2:08.68 qIV19  
    r:+0.74  28.54      1:00.67 (32.13)
        1:34.11 (33.44)     2:08.68 (34.57)
  5 Arens, Abigail   FR NC State          2:08.21    2:08.92 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  29.31      1:02.20 (32.89)
        1:35.27 (33.07)     2:08.92 (33.65)
  6 Poole, Julia     SR NC State          2:10.13    2:09.00 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  29.46      1:02.18 (32.72)
        1:35.37 (33.19)     2:09.00 (33.63)
  7 Wenger, Alexis   JR UVA               2:07.79    2:09.36 qIV19  
    r:+0.61  29.41      1:02.17 (32.76)
        1:35.43 (33.26)     2:09.36 (33.93)
  8 Foley, Sarah     FR Duke              2:08.96    2:10.12 qB     
    r:+0.68  29.61      1:02.51 (32.90)
        1:36.24 (33.73)     2:10.12 (33.88)

200 Butterfly

Virginia’s Abigail Harter came away with the top seed in the 200 fly, as her 1:55.10 clocking was ahead of the 1:55.33 of Louisville’s Alena Kraus. There was a tie for the third seed as UVA’s Jessica Nava and Louisville’s Abigail Hay posted matching times of 1:55.77. The fifth slot went to Reka Gyorgy of Virginia Tech in 1:55.83.