2021 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Day Two Heats: NC State Qualifies Eight to A-Finals

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Kylee Alons. Photo Courtesy: Chris Baird

2021 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Greensboro, Day Two Heats

Fresh off an American record last night in the 200 medley relay, Virginia came to the pool ready to go on Thursday morning in Greensboro with cruising swims from Paige Madden and Kate Douglass in the 500 and 200 IM, respectively.

However, NC State had the best morning with eight A-finalists qualified for finals tonight, with 50 free top seed Kylee Alons leading a total of three Wolfpack swimmers in that A-Final. Virginia qualified seven to tonight’s A-Finals with Louisville qualifying three.

The ups, mids, downs report is below. Teams are in order of the team scores after last night.

Women - Team Ups, Mids, Downs - Through 1m Diving                      
 
  1. Virginia           7, 5, 3   
  2. Duke               2, 3, 4
  2. Notre Dame         4, 2, 2
  4. NC State           8, 4, 4
  5. Virginia Tech      2, 7, 4
  6. Georgia Tech       0, 2, 4
  6. Louisville         3, 2, 4
  6. Miami (Fl)         2, 2, 0
  9. North Carolina     3, 0, 2
 10. Florida State      1, 3, 1
 11. Pittsburgh         0, 1, 3  
 12. Boston College     0, 1, 1

500 Free

Virginia’s Paige Madden cruised to a 4:38.58 in the heats to lead the way ahead of NC State’s Kate Moore (4:43.33) and Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy (4:44.14). The race is expected to be much quicker tonight in finals as Madden had the top time in the nation this season with her 4:33 at mid-season. It may be a stretch, but the meet record stands at 4:30.74 set by Virginia’s Leah Smith in 2016.

Each team in the final advanced two to the A-Final with Virginia, NC State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech each getting two representatives.

 Event 4  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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         Meet: @ 4:30.74  02/18/2016 Leah Smith, Virginia
          ACC: ! 4:28.90  03/16/2017 Leah Smith, Virginia
     American: * 4:24.06  03/17/2017 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         NCAA: $ 4:24.06  03/17/2017 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
    U.S. Open: # 4:24.06  11/18/2016 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
  Pool Record: & 4:29.54  12/04/2014 Katie Ledecky, NCAP
                 4:35.76  A
                 4:40.96  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 4:47.20  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Madden, Paige    SR Virginia          4:33.09    4:38.58 qIV19  
    r:+0.70  25.40        52.99 (27.59)
        1:20.87 (27.88)     1:48.75 (27.88)
        2:17.08 (28.33)     2:45.39 (28.31)
        3:13.66 (28.27)     3:42.08 (28.42)
        4:10.73 (28.65)     4:38.58 (27.85)
  2 Moore, Kathleen  SR NC State          4:37.94    4:43.33 qB     
    r:+0.73  25.76        53.89 (28.13)
        1:22.31 (28.42)     1:50.95 (28.64)
        2:19.59 (28.64)     2:48.25 (28.66)
        3:17.20 (28.95)     3:46.25 (29.05)
        4:15.23 (28.98)     4:43.33 (28.10)
  3 Gyorgy, Reka     SR Virginia Tech     4:45.26    4:44.14 qB     
    r:+0.73  26.14        54.30 (28.16)
        1:22.65 (28.35)     1:51.11 (28.46)
        2:19.91 (28.80)     2:48.75 (28.84)
        3:17.69 (28.94)     3:46.58 (28.89)
        4:15.55 (28.97)     4:44.14 (28.59)
  4 Donohoe, Madely  SO Virginia          4:42.79    4:44.72 qB     
    r:+0.67  25.93        53.97 (28.04)
        1:22.29 (28.32)     1:51.10 (28.81)
        2:20.32 (29.22)     2:49.06 (28.74)
        3:18.20 (29.14)     3:47.34 (29.14)
        4:16.49 (29.15)     4:44.72 (28.23)
  5 Travis, Chase    FR Virginia Tech     4:44.55    4:45.07 qB     
    r:+0.77  26.67        54.74 (28.07)
        1:23.28 (28.54)     1:52.03 (28.75)
        2:20.90 (28.87)     2:49.65 (28.75)
        3:18.65 (29.00)     3:47.84 (29.19)
        4:16.77 (28.93)     4:45.07 (28.30)
  6 Thomas, Luciana  JR Notre Dame        4:46.48    4:45.47 qB     
    r:+0.73  26.54        54.91 (28.37)
        1:23.65 (28.74)     1:52.35 (28.70)
        2:21.01 (28.66)     2:49.74 (28.73)
        3:18.64 (28.90)     3:47.88 (29.24)
        4:17.04 (29.16)     4:45.47 (28.43)
  7 Hierath, Yara    FR NC State          4:45.60    4:45.55 qB     
    r:+0.77  26.51        54.57 (28.06)
        1:22.95 (28.38)     1:51.60 (28.65)
        2:20.61 (29.01)     2:49.62 (29.01)
        3:18.71 (29.09)     3:47.85 (29.14)
        4:17.20 (29.35)     4:45.55 (28.35)
  8 Laporte, Madeli  JR Notre Dame        4:48.07    4:46.26 qB     
    r:+0.72  27.01        55.55 (28.54)
        1:24.43 (28.88)     1:53.33 (28.90)
        2:22.20 (28.87)     2:51.10 (28.90)
        3:19.98 (28.88)     3:48.90 (28.92)
        4:17.77 (28.87)     4:46.26 (28.49)

200 IM

Virginia’s Kate Douglass also cruised in the 200 IM heats with a 1:52.71 as she has a shot to break the American record of 1:50.67 set by Ella Eastin at the 2018 NCAAs. Her best time this season is a 1:50.92 and she very well may be the first woman to break 1:50 in the event, whether that happens today at the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships or in four weeks at NCAAs at this same pool in Greensboro. Her teammate Alex Walsh is the second seed at 1:54.41 as the Cavaliers also advanced Ella Nelson (1:56.07) and Abby Harter (1:57.82) to the championship final to make up half the pool.

NC State placed Julia Poole (1:56.01), Emma Muzzy (1:56.17) and Abby Arens (1:57.83) in the A-Final as Louisville’s Abby Hay (1:56.60) will complete the final in an all-red shade heat.

 Event 5  Women 200 Yard IM
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         Meet: @ 1:51.36  02/20/2020 Kate Douglass, UVA
          ACC: ! 1:50.92  11/17/2020 Kate Douglass, UVA
     American: * 1:50.67  03/16/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
         NCAA: $ 1:50.67  03/17/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
    U.S. Open: # 1:50.67  03/15/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
  Pool Record: & 1:51.36  02/20/2020 Kate Douglass, UVA
                 1:53.66  A
                 1:56.76  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 1:59.94  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Douglass, Kathe  SO Virginia          1:50.92    1:52.71 qA     
    r:+0.67  23.56        51.92 (28.36)
        1:25.31 (33.39)     1:52.71 (27.40)
  2 Walsh, Alexandr  FR Virginia          1:54.47    1:54.41 qIV19  
    r:+0.75  24.95        53.64 (28.69)
        1:26.46 (32.82)     1:54.41 (27.95)
  3 Poole, Julia     SR NC State          1:56.19    1:56.01 qIV19  
    r:+0.66  25.34        54.45 (29.11)
        1:27.58 (33.13)     1:56.01 (28.43)
  4 Nelson, Ella     SO Virginia          1:54.72    1:56.07 qIV19  
    r:+0.73  25.54        55.00 (29.46)
        1:28.06 (33.06)     1:56.07 (28.01)
  5 Muzzy, Emma      JR NC State          1:57.97    1:56.17 qIV19  
    r:+0.86  25.81        54.62 (28.81)
        1:29.18 (34.56)     1:56.17 (26.99)
  6 Hay, Abigail     SO Louisville        1:58.78    1:56.60 qIV19  
    r:+0.67  25.09        55.17 (30.08)
        1:28.07 (32.90)     1:56.60 (28.53)
  7 Harter, Abigail  FR Virginia          1:56.22    1:57.82 qB     
    r:+0.73  25.11        55.06 (29.95)
        1:29.48 (34.42)     1:57.82 (28.34)
  8 Arens, Abigail   FR NC State          1:57.59    1:57.83 qB     
    r:+0.64  25.16        55.10 (29.94)
        1:29.13 (34.03)     1:57.83 (28.70)

50 Free

NC State qualified three to the A-Final in the 50 free led by Kylee Alons (21.70) and Katharine Berkoff (22.06) as Heather Maccausland (22.36) will also swim out in lane seven in tonight’s final at the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Virginia only qualified Lexi Cuomo (22.46) to the A-Final out in lane eight as the 200 free relay may very well go NC State’s way in tonight’s finals. However, with the addition of Kate Douglass to Virginia’s line-up, the Cavaliers will certainly be a force in that relay after her 20.6 split on the end of the medley relay last night.

Louisville advanced two to the final with Gabi Albiero (22.13) and former juniors champ Christiana Regenauer (22.34). Florida State’s Rebecca Moynihan will also swim in the final out in lane 1.

 Event 6  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
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         Meet: @ 21.54  02/15/2018  Caitlin Cooper, Virginia
          ACC: ! 21.42  11/18/2017  Kate Douglass, Virginia
     American: * 20.90  12/05/2019  Abbey Weitzeil, Cal
         NCAA: $ 20.90  12/05/2019  Abbey Weitzeil, Cal
    U.S. Open: # 20.90  12/05/2019  Abbey Weitzeil, Cal
  Pool Record: & 21.32  03/19/2015  Simone Manuel, Stanford
                 21.66  A
                 22.23  IV19 Invited to 2019 NCAA
                 22.76  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Alons, Kylee     JR NC State            21.90      21.70 qIV19  
    r:+0.63  10.49        21.70 (11.21)
  2 Berkoff, Kathar  SO NC State            22.25      22.06 qIV19  
    r:+0.68  10.80        22.06 (11.26)
  3 Albiero, Gabrie  FR Louisville          22.73      22.13 qIV19  
    r:+0.64  10.69        22.13 (11.44)
  4 Countie, Grace   JR North Carolina      22.44      22.20 qIV19  
    r:+0.71  10.80        22.20 (11.40)
  5 Regenauer, Chri  SO Louisville          22.37      22.34 qB     
    r:+0.74  10.91        22.34 (11.43)
  6 Maccausland, He  SO NC State               NT      22.36 qB     
    r:+0.63  10.85        22.36 (11.51)
  7 Moynihan, Rebec  SR Florida St          22.99      22.45 qB     
    r:+0.68  10.76        22.45 (11.69)
  8 Cuomo, Alexa     SO Virginia            22.47      22.46 qB     
    r:+0.70  10.84        22.46 (11.62)

1m Diving

Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Duke each qualified two to the finals of the 1m at the ACC women’s swimming and diving championships to close out Thursday’s heats session.

 Event 7  Women 1 mtr Diving
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    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Vallee, Mia            SO Miami              308.40     317.60  
  2 Vazquez, Aranza        FR North Carolina     344.03     315.70  
  3 Straub, Kelly          SR Notre Dame         340.35     312.85  
  4 Pullinger, Maddison    JR Duke               301.58     309.65  
  5 Burrell, Paige         SO North Carolina     284.50     288.65  
  6 Wiese, Annie           JR Notre Dame         321.75     285.35  
  7 Creed, Jessie          SO Miami              257.18     281.20  
  8 Winslow, Ellie         SR Duke               258.50     280.60