ACC Championships, Day 5 Finals: Virginia Women, NC State Men Pull Away to Secure Team Titles

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Photo Courtesy: Jaylynn Nash

ACC Championships, Day 5 Finals: Virginia Women, NC State Men Pull Away to Secure Team Titles

The Atlantic Coast Conference is poised to change dramatically in 2024-25 as west coast teams Stanford and Cal plus SMU join the league, but under this current incarnation, the University of Virginia women and NC State men have been the dominant teams for generations.

Saturday evening in Greensboro, N.C., the Cavaliers wrapped up their fifth consecutive title and their sixth in seven years under head coach Todd DeSorbo. The UVA women have actually won the meet every year but two since 2008. On the men’s side, Braden Holloway and the Wolfpack have dominated the conference for 11 years running, losing out only that first year (thanks to diving) and then again to Louisville in 2021.

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NC State’s men celebrating a team title — Photo Courtesy: Jaylynn Nash

On the final night of this year’s meet, both teams had their highlight moments, with Virginia again winning every swimming event on the women’s side while NC State’s Ross Dant won the 1650 freestyle and his teammates showed their depth across the competition to pull away. Meanwhile, Notre Dame showed some fight as the leading non-NC State team on the men’s side, with the Fighting Irish winning two individual events on day five plus their first relay title ever as members of the ACC to earn a second-place finish, their highest since joining the conference a decade ago.

The top female swimmer of the meet was the University of Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh, who secured her third individual title and the fastest time in history in a fourth individual event this week with a monster performance in the 100 freestyle, knocking four tenths off Simone Manuel’s seven-year-old American, NCAA and U.S. Open records. On the men’s side, Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano swept the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, and on the final night, Guiliano broke the conference record in the 100 free for the second time in a day while setting the country’s fastest time.

Virginia’s women ended up with 1637.5 points, almost 500 clear of anyone else. Louisville edged NC State for second, 1145 to 1106, while North Carolina overtook Duke for fourth, 786.5 to 779.5. NC State’s men were a whopping 461 points clear of the field with 1499.5 points, followed by Notre Dame (1038.6), Virginia Tech (960.5), Louisville (888.5) and Virginia (768.5). Virginia edged Florida State for fifth by 6.5 points.

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 41                     
 
  1. Virginia, University of        1637.5   2. Louisville, University of        1145
  3. North Carolina State Universit   1106   4. North Carolina, University of   786.5
  5. Duke University                 779.5   6. VA Tech                         632.5
  7. Florida State University          531   8. Notre Dame, University of         493
  9. Georgia Institute of Technolog    450  10. Pittsburgh, University of         407
 11. University of Miami (Florida)     391
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 42                      
 
  1. North Carolina State Universit 1499.5   2. Notre Dame, University of      1038.5
  3. VA Tech                         960.5   4. Louisville, University of       885.5
  5. Virginia, University of         768.5   6. Florida State University          762
  7. Pittsburgh, University of         647   8. North Carolina, University of     616
  9. Georgia Institute of Technolog  575.5  10. Duke University                   287
 11. University of Miami (Florida)     122

Events on the final night of the meet included the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, men’s platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.

Women’s 1650 Freestyle

University of Virginia first-year Cavan Gormsen secured her second title of an impressive debut ACC Championships as she held on to win the 1650 freestyle. Already the winner of the 500 freestyle in a 1-2-3 finish with Cavaliers teammates Aimee Canny and Sophia Knapp, Gormsen led for most of the way in the 66-lap event before NC State’s Emma Hastings briefly took over in the latter portion of the race. Gormsen, however, had one final surge left ad she regained the lead over the final 150 yards and held off a final surge from Virginia Tech’s Chase Travis.

Gormsen finished in 16:07.50, just over a second ahead of Travis (16:08.74) while Hastings claimed third (16:09.26). Maddie Donahoe, a fifth-year at Virginia and the runnerup in the conference last season, took fourth in 16:13.18.

Event 32  Women 1650 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 15:25.30  2/20/2016 Leah Smith, UVA-VA
         CONF: % 15:25.30  2/20/2016 Leah Smith, UVA-VA
         AMER: $ 15:03.31  11/18/2017Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         USOP: & 15:03.31  11/18/2017Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         NCAA: ! 15:03.31  11/18/2017Katie Ledecky, Stanford
         Pool: * 15:13.30  12/4/2014 Katie Ledecky, NCAP-PV
                 15:52.41  A
                 16:13.73  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 16:30.59  B
    Name           Year School               Seed     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
  1 Gormsen, Cavan      UVA              16:08.99   16:07.50 IV23    32  
    r:+0.72  26.32        55.03 (28.71)
        1:23.95 (28.92)     1:53.18 (29.23)
        2:22.40 (29.22)     2:51.68 (29.28)
        3:20.76 (29.08)     3:49.92 (29.16)
        4:19.35 (29.43)     4:48.77 (29.42)
        5:18.27 (29.50)     5:47.65 (29.38)
        6:17.21 (29.56)     6:46.79 (29.58)
        7:16.19 (29.40)     7:46.03 (29.84)
        8:15.65 (29.62)     8:44.99 (29.34)
        9:14.73 (29.74)     9:44.55 (29.82)
       10:14.13 (29.58)    10:43.97 (29.84)
       11:13.78 (29.81)    11:43.52 (29.74)
       12:13.25 (29.73)    12:43.21 (29.96)
       13:13.39 (30.18)    13:43.28 (29.89)
       14:13.06 (29.78)    14:42.43 (29.37)
       15:11.90 (29.47)    15:40.28 (28.38)    16:07.50 (27.22)
  2 Travis, Chase       VA Tech          16:16.74   16:08.74 IV23    28  
    r:+0.78  27.62        56.92 (29.30)
        1:26.36 (29.44)     1:56.00 (29.64)
        2:25.62 (29.62)     2:55.23 (29.61)
        3:25.00 (29.77)     3:54.78 (29.78)
        4:24.49 (29.71)     4:54.18 (29.69)
        5:23.90 (29.72)     5:53.73 (29.83)
        6:23.33 (29.60)     6:52.91 (29.58)
        7:22.35 (29.44)     7:51.83 (29.48)
        8:21.39 (29.56)     8:50.81 (29.42)
        9:20.37 (29.56)     9:49.85 (29.48)
       10:19.38 (29.53)    10:48.88 (29.50)
       11:18.17 (29.29)    11:47.55 (29.38)
       12:16.83 (29.28)    12:46.14 (29.31)
       13:15.54 (29.40)    13:44.98 (29.44)
       14:14.56 (29.58)    14:43.87 (29.31)
       15:13.26 (29.39)    15:42.00 (28.74)    16:08.74 (26.74)
  3 Hastings, Emma      NC State         16:11.18   16:09.26 IV23    27  
    r:+0.73  27.25        56.32 (29.07)
        1:25.83 (29.51)     1:55.27 (29.44)
        2:24.99 (29.72)     2:54.66 (29.67)
        3:24.43 (29.77)     3:54.17 (29.74)
        4:23.75 (29.58)     4:53.30 (29.55)
        5:22.75 (29.45)     5:52.22 (29.47)
        6:21.62 (29.40)     6:50.94 (29.32)
        7:20.37 (29.43)     7:49.79 (29.42)
        8:19.18 (29.39)     8:48.51 (29.33)
        9:17.79 (29.28)     9:47.35 (29.56)
       10:16.73 (29.38)    10:46.18 (29.45)
       11:15.68 (29.50)    11:45.11 (29.43)
       12:14.70 (29.59)    12:44.24 (29.54)
       13:13.79 (29.55)    13:43.31 (29.52)
       14:12.85 (29.54)    14:42.32 (29.47)
       15:11.63 (29.31)    15:40.73 (29.10)    16:09.26 (28.53)
  4 Donohoe, Madely     UVA              16:21.19   16:13.18 IV23    26  
    r:+0.70  27.30        56.63 (29.33)
        1:26.45 (29.82)     1:56.31 (29.86)
        2:26.10 (29.79)     2:56.28 (30.18)
        3:26.15 (29.87)     3:56.10 (29.95)
        4:25.98 (29.88)     4:55.89 (29.91)
        5:25.16 (29.27)     5:54.45 (29.29)
        6:23.74 (29.29)     6:53.20 (29.46)
        7:22.71 (29.51)     7:52.20 (29.49)
        8:21.70 (29.50)     8:51.30 (29.60)
        9:20.81 (29.51)     9:50.41 (29.60)
       10:19.53 (29.12)    10:48.90 (29.37)
       11:18.20 (29.30)    11:47.78 (29.58)
       12:17.46 (29.68)    12:46.99 (29.53)
       13:16.90 (29.91)    13:46.68 (29.78)
       14:16.34 (29.66)    14:46.10 (29.76)
       15:15.63 (29.53)    15:45.03 (29.40)    16:13.18 (28.15)
  5 Graves, Maggie      Notre Dame       16:11.39   16:16.78 B       25  
    r:+0.80  26.96        55.77 (28.81)
        1:25.26 (29.49)     1:54.59 (29.33)
        2:24.15 (29.56)     2:53.88 (29.73)
        3:23.51 (29.63)     3:53.16 (29.65)
        4:22.93 (29.77)     4:52.66 (29.73)
        5:22.36 (29.70)     5:52.19 (29.83)
        6:21.94 (29.75)     6:51.78 (29.84)
        7:21.71 (29.93)     7:51.64 (29.93)
        8:21.62 (29.98)     8:51.39 (29.77)
        9:21.32 (29.93)     9:51.08 (29.76)
       10:20.84 (29.76)    10:50.50 (29.66)
       11:20.10 (29.60)    11:49.67 (29.57)
       12:19.39 (29.72)    12:49.04 (29.65)
       13:18.77 (29.73)    13:48.48 (29.71)
       14:18.22 (29.74)    14:47.95 (29.73)
       15:17.81 (29.86)    15:47.60 (29.79)    16:16.78 (29.18)
  6 Knapp, Sophia       UVA              16:23.32   16:19.58 B       24  
    r:+0.78  26.93        56.00 (29.07)
        1:25.42 (29.42)     1:54.92 (29.50)
        2:24.37 (29.45)     2:53.90 (29.53)
        3:23.63 (29.73)     3:53.32 (29.69)
        4:23.00 (29.68)     4:52.50 (29.50)
        5:22.18 (29.68)     5:51.81 (29.63)
        6:21.41 (29.60)     6:51.05 (29.64)
        7:20.86 (29.81)     7:50.54 (29.68)
        8:20.35 (29.81)     8:50.28 (29.93)
        9:20.20 (29.92)     9:50.01 (29.81)
       10:19.93 (29.92)    10:49.83 (29.90)
       11:19.64 (29.81)    11:49.63 (29.99)
       12:19.61 (29.98)    12:49.63 (30.02)
       13:19.69 (30.06)    13:49.86 (30.17)
       14:19.88 (30.02)    14:50.02 (30.14)
       15:20.22 (30.20)    15:50.26 (30.04)    16:19.58 (29.32)
  7 Travis, Brooke      NC State         16:25.60   16:22.20 B       23  
    r:+0.73  27.63        57.24 (29.61)
        1:27.17 (29.93)     1:56.87 (29.70)
        2:26.49 (29.62)     2:56.44 (29.95)
        3:26.38 (29.94)     3:56.29 (29.91)
        4:26.23 (29.94)     4:56.15 (29.92)
        5:25.87 (29.72)     5:55.40 (29.53)
        6:25.15 (29.75)     6:54.80 (29.65)
        7:24.51 (29.71)     7:54.30 (29.79)
        8:24.28 (29.98)     8:54.14 (29.86)
        9:23.97 (29.83)     9:54.00 (30.03)
       10:23.91 (29.91)    10:53.84 (29.93)
       11:23.60 (29.76)    11:53.36 (29.76)
       12:23.33 (29.97)    12:53.35 (30.02)
       13:23.36 (30.01)    13:53.29 (29.93)
       14:23.38 (30.09)    14:53.47 (30.09)
       15:23.61 (30.14)    15:53.63 (30.02)    16:22.20 (28.57)
  8 Hierath, Yara       NC State         16:15.71   16:26.72 B       22  
    r:+0.77  27.68        56.87 (29.19)
        1:26.30 (29.43)     1:55.85 (29.55)
        2:25.48 (29.63)     2:55.26 (29.78)
        3:24.93 (29.67)     3:54.76 (29.83)
        4:24.77 (30.01)     4:54.64 (29.87)
        5:24.49 (29.85)     5:54.41 (29.92)
        6:24.32 (29.91)     6:54.11 (29.79)
        7:23.85 (29.74)     7:53.87 (30.02)
        8:23.85 (29.98)     8:53.77 (29.92)
        9:23.81 (30.04)     9:53.75 (29.94)
       10:23.68 (29.93)    10:53.69 (30.01)
       11:23.80 (30.11)    11:53.97 (30.17)
       12:24.28 (30.31)    12:54.72 (30.44)
       13:24.98 (30.26)    13:55.37 (30.39)
       14:25.97 (30.60)    14:56.69 (30.72)
       15:27.09 (30.40)    15:57.50 (30.41)    16:26.72 (29.22)

Men’s 1650 Freestyle

In the final 300 yards of the men’s mile, NC State’s Owen Lloyd pulled away from teammate Ross Dant to seemingly secure the conference title. It appeared to be another signature moment for associate head coach Mark Bernardino’s distance crew after Will Gallant and Dant finished 1-2 at last season’s national championships. In the end, NC State secured another title but in muted fashion after Lloyd was disqualified in a controversial situation.

Lloyd touched in 14:37.04, which would have been the country’s second-quickest time behind Arizona State’s Zalan Sarkany (14:28.09), but Lloyd was disqualified for falling into Dant’s lane during his celebration while a swimmer in the final heat was still finishing the race. That gave the conference title io Dant, his time of 14:39.34 good for fifth nationally. The loss of 32 valuable first-place points did not come back to bite the Wolfpack, but now, Lloyd will have to wait and see if his season-best mark of 14:41.32 will earn him a spot in the final heat at next month’s NCAA Championships.

In the battle behind the two standouts, Louisville’s Ilia Sibirtsev, who came from behind to stun four Wolfpack swimmers for the 500 free title, ended up claiming second in 14:47.31. Sibirtsev held on by a tenth after NC State’s James Plage surged home in 24.88 to nearly catch Sibirtsev, falling short by just a tenth in 14:47.41.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

NC State was on track to hand Virginia its second defeat in women’s swimming this week as Kennedy Noble held a significant lead in the 200 backstroke final, leading the field by exactly one second at the halfway point, and she was still up by nine tenths with 50 yards remaining. But Noble tightened up significantly down the stretch while Virginia’s Reilly Tiltmann put on a stunning final 50 to steal away the title.

Tiltmann closed in 27.93, 1.40 seconds clear of the fading Noble’s 29.33, and Tiltmann reached the wall in 1:50.64, with Noble coming in second at 1:50.95. Both swimmers moved into the top-eight of the national rankings, with Tiltmann sitting sixth and Noble seventh. Virginia Tech’s Caroline Bentz placed third in 1:52.23 as she overtook Louisville’s Paige Hetrick (1:52.33) over the final 100 yards.

Event 34  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 1:49.61  2/16/2017 Alexia Zevnik, NCSU-NC
         CONF: % 1:49.09  3/18/2017 Alexia Zevnik, NCSU-NC
         AMER: $ 1:47.16  3/10/2019 Regan Smith, Riptide
         USOP: & 1:47.16  3/10/2019 Regan Smith, Riptide
         NCAA: ! 1:47.24  3/23/2019 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin
         Pool: * 1:47.91  3/21/2015 Missy Franklin, CAL-PC
                 1:50.50  A
                 1:53.94  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 1:57.07  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Tiltmann, Reill     UVA               1:51.77    1:50.64 IV23    32  
    r:+0.75  26.41        54.52 (28.11)
        1:22.71 (28.19)     1:50.64 (27.93)
  2 Noble, Helen        NC State          1:52.00    1:50.95 IV23    28  
    r:+0.82  25.87        53.52 (27.65)
        1:21.62 (28.10)     1:50.95 (29.33)
  3 Bentz, Caroline     VA Tech           1:52.61    1:52.23 IV23    27  
    r:+0.75  26.50        54.98 (28.48)
        1:23.49 (28.51)     1:52.23 (28.74)
  4 Hetrick, Paige      Louisville        1:53.81    1:52.33 IV23    26  
    r:+0.71  26.19        54.61 (28.42)
        1:23.46 (28.85)     1:52.33 (28.87)
  5 Christman, Made     Notre Dame        1:53.06    1:53.67 IV23    25  
    r:+0.75  26.15        54.41 (28.26)
        1:23.80 (29.39)     1:53.67 (29.87)
  6 Weiler Sastre,      VA Tech           1:53.52    1:53.93 IV23    24  
    r:+0.86  27.08        55.71 (28.63)
        1:24.69 (28.98)     1:53.93 (29.24)
  7 Howley, Tess        UVA               1:54.17    1:54.08 B       23  
    r:+0.73  26.82        55.10 (28.28)
        1:24.36 (29.26)     1:54.08 (29.72)
  8 Karam, Emma         UNC               1:53.76    1:55.24 B       22  
    r:+0.74  26.78        55.26 (28.48)
        1:24.69 (29.43)     1:55.24 (30.55)

Men’s 200 Backstroke

It has been a signature week in Greensboro for Notre Dame men’s swimming and second-year head coach Chris Lindauer, with Chris Guiliano providing a series of freestyle wins while Tommy Janton scored another signature moment in the 200 backstroke as he retook the lead from NC State star freshman Daniel Diehl for a conference crown.

Janton had the early lead, his 47.85 halfway split leading Diehl by more than a half-second while the rest of the field was nearly a second further back, but Diehl made a run on the third 50 with a 25.30 split to take a five-hundredths lead over Janton entering the last two lengths. But Janton fought back and came home in 25.49 to take the first ACC title of his career in 1:39.21, ahead of Diehl’s 1:39.30. Both men entered the national top-10 with those performances.

Even without a win, NC State continued wracking up points on the way to a team title, with Kacper Stokowski closing in a blazing 25.19 to take third in 1:40.67, just ahead of teammate Hunter Tapp (1:40.91), but Notre Dame scored big here as well, with Marcus Gentry fifth (1:$1.15) and Tanner Filion seventh (1:41.82).

Event 35  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 1:37.71  2/29/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
         CONF: % 1:37.71  2/29/2020 Coleman Stewart, NC State-NC
         AMER: $ 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         USOP: & 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         NCAA: ! 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: * 1:35.75  3/27/2021 Shaine Casas, TA&M-GU
                 1:39.13  A
                 1:40.82  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 1:44.60  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Janton, Tommy       Notre Dame        1:39.97    1:39.21 IV23    32  
    r:+0.77  22.85        47.85 (25.00)
        1:13.72 (25.87)     1:39.21 (25.49)
  2 Diehl, Daniel       NC State          1:39.58    1:39.30 IV23    28  
    r:+0.78  23.32        48.37 (25.05)
        1:13.67 (25.30)     1:39.30 (25.63)
  3 Stokowski, Kacp     NC State          1:40.61    1:40.67 IV23    27  
    r:+0.76  23.33        49.42 (26.09)
        1:15.48 (26.06)     1:40.67 (25.19)
  4 Tapp, Hunter        NC State          1:41.16    1:40.97 B       26  
    r:+0.99  23.76        49.25 (25.49)
        1:15.24 (25.99)     1:40.97 (25.73)
  5 Gentry, Marcus      Notre Dame        1:41.53    1:41.15 B       25  
    r:+0.63  23.77        49.26 (25.49)
        1:15.12 (25.86)     1:41.15 (26.03)
  6 Garcia, Nicolas     VA Tech           1:41.39    1:41.79 B       24  
    r:+0.96  24.16        49.64 (25.48)
        1:15.74 (26.10)     1:41.79 (26.05)
  7 Filion, Tanner      Notre Dame        1:41.50    1:41.82 B       23  
    r:+0.78  23.41        49.65 (26.24)
        1:16.11 (26.46)     1:41.82 (25.71)
  8 Ewing, James        NC State          1:40.78    1:42.82 B       22  
    r:+0.70  23.48        49.24 (25.76)
        1:15.69 (26.45)     1:42.82 (27.13)

Women’s 100 Freestyle

For the fourth time this week, University of Virginia third-year Gretchen Walsh has recorded the fastest time in history. After swimming times of 20.57 in the 50 freestyle, 48.25 in the 100 butterfly and 48.10 in the 100 backstroke during the first four days of the ACC Championships, not to mention a 19.95 relay split and the third-fastest time ever in the 200 free, the 100 freestyle was next on Walsh’s target list. She has already won the event at the NCAA Championships each of her first two years in college swimming, and now, Walsh owns the fastest time in history.

As with all of her other races this week, Walsh was dominant from start to finish. She was out in 21.42, under American and NCAA-record pace by almost a half-second, and she clocked in 23.74 to secure a time of 45.16. That was four tenths quicker the previous American, NCAA and U.S. Open record of 45.56 set by Simone Manuel in 2017, in the midst of Manuel’s streak of dominance in the 100 free where she tied for Olympic gold and then won two consecutive world titles.

Walsh is now the undisputed leader in the sprint events on the college swimming scene, poised to dominate whichever events she chooses to race at next month’s NCAA Championships. While her University of Virginia training partner Kate Douglass won NCAA titles in four different individual events and held American and NCAA records in all those races, even she never held four concurrently. No one since Natalie Coughlin, who at one point held American and NCAA records in an unbelievable seven short course yards events, has exerted such dominance over short course yards sprinting.

In the march to yet another conference title, Virginia secured a 1-2 finish here with Jasmine Nocentini touching in 46.78 for second place while NC State’ Katharine Berkoff closed hard to secure third, her time of 46.81 just three hundredths behind Nocentini. Louisville swimmers occupied the next three spots, with Gabi Albiero leading the way at 47.28.

Event 36  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 45.86  2/18/2023 Kate C Douglass, UVA-VA
         CONF: % 45.81  3/18/2023 Gretchen Walsh, UVA-VA
         AMER: $ 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         USOP: & 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         NCAA: ! 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
         Pool: * 45.86  2/18/2023 Katherine Douglass, UVA-VA
                 47.18  A
                 48.37  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 49.36  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Walsh, Gretchen     UVA                 46.28      45.16$A       32  
    r:+0.77  21.42        45.16 (23.74)
  2 Nocentini, Jasm     UVA                 47.22      46.78 A       28  
    r:+0.63  22.20        46.78 (24.58)
  3 Berkoff, Kathar     NC State            47.31      46.81 A       27  
    r:+0.70  22.37        46.81 (24.44)
  4 Albiero, Gabrie     Louisville          47.39      47.28 IV23    26  
    r:+0.67  22.76        47.28 (24.52)
  5 Regenauer, Chri     Louisville          47.75      47.52 IV23    25  
    r:+0.67  22.83        47.52 (24.69)
  6 Dennis, Julia       Louisville          48.03      47.84 IV23    24  
    r:+0.67  22.82        47.84 (25.02)
  7 Parker, Maxine      UVA                 48.11      47.92 IV23    23  
    r:+0.76  22.99        47.92 (24.93)
  8 Mehraban, Lucy      Louisville          48.61      48.09 IV23    22  
    r:+0.75  23.06        48.09 (25.03)

Men’s 100 Freestyle

Chris Guiliano has a third individual win this week and a second consecutive win for the Notre Dame men as their signature meet rolls on. Guiliano broke the conference record in prelims, with his 40.84 performance knocking two tenths from Olympian Ryan Held’s 2017 ACC record of 41.05, and he had already won the 50 and 200 free before swimming the second-quickest 100 freestyle relay split ever at 40.17.

In the final, Guiliano was never challenged as he pulled away to secure the win in 40.62, taking another 22-hundredths off his morning record. The time now ranks Guiliano first in the country, ahead of the trio of 40-second performers Saturday evening at the SEC Championships, Florida’s Josh Liendo and the Tennessee duo of Jordan Crooks and Gui Caribe, but more significantly, Guiliano is now the third-fastest performer in history. Only Caeleb Dressel (39.90) and Liendo (40.28) have ever surpassed his time.

Guiliano will now go to next month’s NCAA Championships entrenched among the favorites in this event, although it should be a tight battle with the SEC crew plus Cal swimmers Jack Alexy, the World Championships silver medalist in the 100-meter free, and Bjorn Seeliger.

Luke Miller, arguably the most valuable swimmer for NC State this week as a do-everything relay performer plus the winner of the 100 butterfly, took second in 41.50, moving up from sixth at the halfway point into the runnerup spot. The Virginia Tech duo of Brendan Whitfield (41.61) and Youssef Ramadan (41.68) took third and fourth, respectively, with Virginia’s Matt Brownstead (41.85) and NC State’s Quintin McCarty (41.88) also under 42.

Event 37  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 40.84  2/24/2024 Christopher Guiliano, Notre Dame-AC
         CONF: % 40.84  2/24/2024 Christopher Guiliano, Notre Dame-AC
         AMER: $ 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         USOP: & 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: ! 39.90  3/24/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: * 40.84  2/24/2024 Christopher Guiliano, Notre Dame-AC
                 41.50  A
                 42.32  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 43.46  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Guiliano, Chris     Notre Dame          40.84      40.62#A       32  
    r:+0.61  19.03        40.62 (21.59)
  2 Miller, Lukas       NC State            41.78      41.50 A       28  
    r:+0.64  20.10        41.50 (21.40)
  3 Whitfield, Bren     VA Tech             42.06      41.61 IV23    27  
    r:+0.66  19.95        41.61 (21.66)
  4 Ramadan, Yousse     VA Tech             41.86      41.68 IV23    26  
    r:+0.59  19.60        41.68 (22.08)
  5 Brownstead, Mat     UVA                 42.07      41.85 IV23    25  
    r:+0.61  19.77        41.85 (22.08)
  6 McCarty, Quinti     NC State            42.16      41.88 IV23    24  
    r:+0.63  20.16        41.88 (21.72)
  7 Hoover, Samuel      NC State            42.21      42.19 IV23    23  
    r:+0.61  20.30        42.19 (21.89)
  8 Fox, Jerry          NC State            42.18      42.20 IV23    22  
    r:+0.69  20.08        42.20 (22.12)

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Virginia’s Kate Douglass broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in the 200 breaststroke four times in 365 days over the course of her final two years in college swimming. Now, with Douglass off to the professional ranks, Cavaliers teammate Alex Walsh has returned to the 200 breaststroke as the leading candidate for a national title. In a dominating ACC Championships performance, Walsh never threatened record pace but did become the second-fastest woman in history in the event.

Out in 58.92 at the halfway point and leading comfortably throughout, Walsh swam a time of 2:02.24, surpassing Lilly King (2:02.60) for No. 2 on the all-time performers list. Walsh also crushed her own meet record of 2:03.02 set two years ago. The swim was the fifth-quickest performance in history behind Douglass’ four record-breaking swims. After breaking the NCAA record in the 200 butterfly Friday, Walsh hinted that she was leaning toward dropping that event from her national championships program, and that seems like the likely scenario, with Walsh sitting more than one-and-a-half seconds clear of Mona McSharry (2:03.84) in the national rankings for this season.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers wrapped up women’s individual racing for the meet with yet another sweep. Ella Nelson placed second in 2:04.29, clipping her previous lifetime best by four hundredths and moving into the all-time top-10 in the event. Nelson also ranks third nationally behind only Walsh and McSharry, with no one else having broken 2:06. Anna Keating of the Cavaliers took third in 2:07.97, with Virginia swimmers Aimee Canny and Emma Weber ending up sixth and eighth, respectively.

Event 38  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 2:02.24  2/24/2024 Alexandra Walsh, UVA-AC
         CONF: % 2:01.29  3/16/2023 Kate Douglass, UVA-VA
         AMER: $ 2:01.29  3/16/2023 Kate Douglass, UVA-VA
         USOP: & 2:01.29  3/16/2023 Kate Douglass, UVA-VA
         NCAA: ! 2:01.29  3/16/2023 Kate Douglass, UVA-VA
         Pool: * 2:02.24  2/24/2024 Alexandra Walsh, UVA-AC
                 2:05.73  A
                 2:09.68  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 2:13.89  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Walsh, Alexandr     UVA               2:06.07    2:02.24#A       32  
    r:+0.80  27.87        58.92 (31.05)
        1:30.32 (31.40)     2:02.24 (31.92)
  2 Nelson, Margare     UVA               2:06.04    2:04.29 A       28  
    r:+0.72  28.55        59.73 (31.18)
        1:31.60 (31.87)     2:04.29 (32.69)
  3 Keating, Anna       UVA               2:08.50    2:07.97 IV23    27  
    r:+0.71  28.82      1:01.47 (32.65)
        1:34.34 (32.87)     2:07.97 (33.63)
  4 Gridley, Kaelyn     Duke              2:08.75    2:08.48 IV23    26  
    r:+0.74  29.28      1:01.79 (32.51)
        1:34.78 (32.99)     2:08.48 (33.70)
  5 Herkle, Kim         Louisville        2:09.04    2:08.61 IV23    25  
    r:+0.72  29.03      1:01.61 (32.58)
        1:34.87 (33.26)     2:08.61 (33.74)
  6 Canny, Aimee        UVA               2:08.25    2:08.73 IV23    24  
    r:+0.78  29.03      1:01.27 (32.24)
        1:34.59 (33.32)     2:08.73 (34.14)
  7 Weber, Emma         UVA               2:09.34    2:10.54 B       23  
    r:+0.76  28.95      1:01.70 (32.75)
        1:35.53 (33.83)     2:10.54 (35.01)
  8 Foley, Sarah        Duke              2:09.29    2:10.85 B       22  
    r:+0.71  29.75      1:03.53 (33.78)
        1:36.56 (33.03)     2:10.85 (34.29)

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

Virginia Tech’s Carles Coll Marti, the runnerup twice this week in the 200 IM and 100 breast, now has an individual win as he pulled away from the field for a title in the 200 breast. For most of the race, it looked like the Hokies were about to have a signature moment as Coll Marti and AJ Pouch were holding down the top-two positions. Pouch faded down the stretch, but Coll Marti held strong to finish in 1:50.08.

Coll Marti finisehd ahead of the mark recorded by Texas A&M’s Alex Sanchez at the SEC Championships (1:50.36) for first in the national rankings. Coll Marti was slightly off the meet and conference record of 1:49.69 he set two years ago, but he finished off the week in style, an especially impressive performance considering he also raced the previous week at the World Championships in Doha, topping out at ninth in the 200-meter breast.

Second place went to Louisville’s Dennis Petrashov, his time of 1:50.81 good for fourth in the country, while Arsenio Bustos of NC State also finished well as he took third in 1:51.53, moving ahead of Pouch (1:51.90) on the final length.

Event 39  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 1:49.69  3/26/2022 Carles Coll Marti, VT-VA
         CONF: % 1:49.69  3/25/2022 Carles Coll Marti, VT-VA
         AMER: $ 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Will Licon, Texas
         USOP: & 1:46.91  3/25/2023 Leon Marchand, Arizona St.
         NCAA: ! 1:47.91  3/25/2017 Leon Marchand, Arizona St.
         Pool: * 1:50.08  2/24/2024 Carles Coll Marti, VA Tech-AC
                 1:51.09  A
                 1:52.94  IV23 Invited NCAA 2023
                 1:57.44  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Coll Marti, Car     VA Tech           1:52.44    1:50.08*A       32  
    r:+0.62  24.46        52.83 (28.37)
        1:21.31 (28.48)     1:50.08 (28.77)
  2 Petrashov, Deni     Louisville        1:53.79    1:50.81 A       28  
    r:+0.73  25.18        53.25 (28.07)
        1:21.78 (28.53)     1:50.81 (29.03)
  3 Bustos, Arsenio     NC State          1:53.44    1:51.53 IV23    27  
    r:+0.67  24.86        53.09 (28.23)
        1:22.01 (28.92)     1:51.53 (29.52)
  4 Pouch, Ananias      VA Tech           1:51.86    1:51.90 IV23    26  
    r:+0.68  25.11        52.87 (27.76)
        1:21.58 (28.71)     1:51.90 (30.32)
  5 Nichols, Noah       UVA               1:53.57    1:53.06 B       25  
    r:+0.69  25.06        53.50 (28.44)
        1:22.87 (29.37)     1:53.06 (30.19)
  6 Iida, Max           UVA               1:54.28    1:53.49 B       24  
    r:+0.64  25.62        53.96 (28.34)
        1:23.03 (29.07)     1:53.49 (30.46)
  7 Baravelli, Tomm     FSU               1:54.14    1:54.04 B       23  
    r:+0.66  25.56        54.67 (29.11)
        1:23.74 (29.07)     1:54.04 (30.30)
  8 Delmar, Benjami     UNC               1:54.82    1:54.34 B       22  
    r:+0.71  26.02        55.21 (29.19)
        1:24.82 (29.61)     1:54.34 (29.52)

Men’s Platform Diving

Cameron Cash of Pitt secured his second diving title of the week. After going 1-2 with teammate Dylan Reed on 3-meter, Cash crushed the field on platform to win with 448.95 points, 38 ahead of his closest competitor. Mohamed Farouk of Miami placed second (410.35) while Ben Nguyen of Notre Dame was third (406.70). 

Event 40  Men Platform Diving
=========================================================================
         MEET: # 523.95  2/20/2010 Nick McCrory, Duke
         CONF: % 548.90  3/27/2011 Nick McCrory, DUKE-NC
         Pool: * 515.20  2/23/2013 Nick McCrory, DUKE
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Cash, Cameron    JR Pitt               360.55     448.95         32  
  2 Farouk, Farouk   SO Miami              347.60     410.35         28  
  3 Nguyen, Ben D    SO Notre Dame         330.65     406.70         27  
  4 Vargas Garcia,   SR FSU                322.60     383.00         26  
  5 Salisbury, Jack  SR Pitt               311.75     378.85         25  
  6 Fowler, Max      FR GT                 338.90     364.35         24  
  7 Lopez Hernandez  5Y Notre Dame         332.15     363.60         23  
  8 Fisher, Jacob    SO VA Tech            310.65     323.70         22

Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay

As expected, there was no stopping Virginia in the final relay of the meet, with the Cavaliers putting the finishing touches on their title-winning performance in dominant style. Jasmine Nocentini led off in 46.77 before giving way to Gretchen Walsh, and her 10th race of the week continued the pattern of excellence she has established with her four individual records this week.

Walsh split 45.40, a little bit off the individual record of 45.16 she set earlier in the evening, but only Walsh and Maggie Mac Neil have ever been faster on a relay split.

Alex Walsh (47.05) and Maxine Parker (48.12) finished off the win, and Virginia’s final time was 3:07.34, well off the record-setting swim of 3:05.84 that the Walsh sisters, Parker and Kate Douglass recorded at last year’s NCAA Championships, but the time here was already a second quicker than last year’s national runnerup.

Louisville, bringing back most of the roster that took third at last year’s NCAAs, placed second here in 3:10.18 with Lucy MehrabanGabi AlbieroChristiana Regenauer and Julia Dennis. Regenauer’s split of 46.90 was the quickest non-Virginia clocking in the field. NC State’s Katharine Berkoff led off for her team in 46.91, and teammates Abby ArensKennedy Noble and Annabel Crush held on to finish third in 3:12.40.

Event 41  Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
         MEET: # 3:06.83  2/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-VA
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, A Cuomo, A Walsh
         CONF: % 3:05.84  3/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-VA
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, M Parker, A Walsh
         AMER: $ 3:05.84  3/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-VA
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, M Parker, A Walsh
         USOP: & 3:05.84  3/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-VA
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, M Parker, A Walsh
         NCAA: ! 3:05.84  3/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-VA
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, M Parker, A Walsh
         Pool: * 3:06.83  2/18/2023 University of Virginia, UVA-V
                          G Walsh, K Douglass, A Cuomo, A Walsh
                 3:14.10  A
                 3:16.25  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 UVA  'A'                      3:07.60    3:07.34 A       64  
     1) Nocentini, Jasmine            2) r:0.36 Walsh, Gretchen       
     3) r:0.32 Walsh, Alexandra       4) r:0.24 Parker, Maxine        
    r:+0.63  22.44        46.77 (46.77)
        1:08.21 (21.44)     1:32.17 (45.40)
        1:54.52 (22.35)     2:19.22 (47.05)
        2:42.15 (22.93)     3:07.34 (48.12)
  2 Louisville  'A'               3:10.97    3:10.18 A       56  
     1) Mehraban, Lucy                2) r:0.42 Albiero, Gabriela     
     3) r:0.17 Regenauer, Christiana  4) r:0.39 Dennis, Julia         
    r:+0.77  23.09        48.32 (48.32)
        1:10.74 (22.42)     1:35.50 (47.18)
        1:57.63 (22.13)     2:22.40 (46.90)
        2:44.91 (22.51)     3:10.18 (47.78)
  3 NC State  'A'                 3:13.05    3:12.40 A       54  
     1) Berkoff, Katharine            2) r:0.10 Arens, Abigail        
     3) r:0.40 Noble, Helen           4) r:0.38 Crush, Annabel        
    r:+0.71  22.43        46.91 (46.91)
        1:09.55 (22.64)     1:34.91 (48.00)
        1:58.50 (23.59)     2:24.04 (49.13)
        2:47.02 (22.98)     3:12.40 (48.36)
  4 VA Tech  'A'                  3:16.73    3:13.65 A       52  
     1) Weiler Sastre, Carmen         2) r:0.23 Bentz, Caroline       
     3) r:0.18 Summers, Anna          4) r:0.36 Claesson, Emily       
    r:+0.69  23.41        48.18 (48.18)
        1:11.10 (22.92)     1:36.46 (48.28)
        1:59.91 (23.45)     2:25.25 (48.79)
        2:48.37 (23.12)     3:13.65 (48.40)
  5 Duke  'A'                     3:19.78    3:15.00 B       50  
     1) Wall, Tatum                   2) r:0.27 Belyakov, Catherine   
     3) r:0.20 Pfaff, Alison          4) r:0.21 Foley, Sarah          
    r:+0.70  23.37        48.73 (48.73)
        1:11.77 (23.04)     1:37.34 (48.61)
        2:00.23 (22.89)     2:26.10 (48.76)
        2:49.31 (23.21)     3:15.00 (48.90)
  6 Miami  'A'                    3:16.45    3:15.45 B       48  
     1) Bates, Talia                  2) r:0.21 Carvalho, Giulia      
     3) r:0.26 Fitzgerald, Jane       4) r:0.33 Barr, Savannah        
    r:+0.72  23.35        48.89 (48.89)
        1:11.85 (22.96)     1:37.64 (48.75)
        2:00.90 (23.26)     2:26.39 (48.75)
        2:49.78 (23.39)     3:15.45 (49.06)
  7 Pitt  'A'                     3:18.23    3:15.92 B       46  
     1) Yendell, Sophie               2) r:0.38 Jansen, Claire        
     3) r:0.23 Gring, Sydney          4) r:0.23 Kudlac, Avery         
    r:+0.70  23.38        49.07 (49.07)
        1:12.60 (23.53)     1:38.31 (49.24)
        2:01.44 (23.13)     2:27.08 (48.77)
        2:49.94 (22.86)     3:15.92 (48.84)
  8 FSU  'A'                      3:17.45    3:16.11 B       44  
     1) Griffiths, Phoebe             2) r:0.32 Halden, Jenny         
     3) r:0.23 Jernstedt, Edith       4) r:0.38 Muzito, Gloria        
    r:+0.76  23.86        49.47 (49.47)
        1:12.69 (23.22)     1:38.74 (49.27)
        2:02.03 (23.29)     2:27.62 (48.88)
        2:50.59 (22.97)     3:16.11 (48.49)

Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay

In a special moment for the school’s swimming program, Notre Dame earned the first ACC relay title in program history while putting the finishing touches on a program-best second-place finish in the conference. Chris Guiliano, the male swimmer of the meet by virtue of his trio of wins in the 50, 100 and 200 free, led off in 40.87, just a quarter-second shy of the conference-record 40.62 he clocked in the individual event, and despite facing the seemingly-insurmountable sprint depth of NC State, the Fighting Irish held on the score the win.

Tanner Filion split 41.62 on the second leg to extend the advantage Guiliano gave him before Tommy Janton, the winner in the 200 back earlier in the night, came through with a 41.97 split. That gave a lead of more than a second to Abdelrahman Elaraby, a graduate transfer from Louisville who reunited with Notre Dame head coach Chris Lindauer this season. Elaraby closed in 41.13 to secure the win in 2:45.58, the country’s second best time behind Florida, securing Notre Dame an unexpected spot in the national elite entering next month’s NCAA Championships.

Notre Dame also clipped the meet record, beating the mark of 2:45.69 set by the star-studded NC State team of Ryan HeldJustin RessJacob Molacek and Coleman Stewart in 2018.

NC State made a run here, with Luke Miller coming through on the leadoff leg with a 41.79 split and Quintin McCarty bringing the field’s fastest overall split coming home at 40.74, but the Wolfpack ended up second in 2:46.22, which ranks fourth nationally behind Florida, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Virginia Tech also moved into the national top-eight with a third-place time of 2:46.77, with the Hokies swimming Youssef RamadanBrendan WhitfieldLuis Dominguez and Carles Coll Marti.

Event 42  Men 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
         MEET: # 2:45.69  2/24/2018 North Carolina State Universit, NC St
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
         CONF: % 2:44.31  3/24/2018 North Carolina State Universit, NC St
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
         AMER: $ 2:44.31  3/24/2018 NC State
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
         USOP: & 2:44.07  3/24/2023 Florida, Florida
                          J. Liendo, A. Chaney, J. Smith,  M Mcduff
         NCAA: ! 2:44.07  3/24/2023 Florida, Florida
                          J. Liendo, A. Chaney, J. Smith,  M Mcduff
         Pool: * 2:45.69  2/24/2018 North Carolina State, NCSU-
                          R Held, J Ress, J Molacek, C Stewart
                 2:50.44  A
                 2:51.86  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Notre Dame  'A'               2:48.77    2:45.58#A       64  
     1) Guiliano, Christopher         2) r:0.16 Filion, Tanner        
     3) r:0.27 Janton, Tommy          4) r:0.27 Elaraby, Abdelrahman  
    r:+0.63  19.47        40.87 (40.87)
        1:00.31 (19.44)     1:22.48 (41.61)
        1:42.01 (19.53)     2:04.45 (41.97)
        2:23.68 (19.23)     2:45.58 (41.13)
  2 NC State  'A'                 2:48.24    2:46.22 A       56  
     1) Miller, Lukas                 2) r:0.18 Williams, Hudson      
     3) r:0.32 Hoover, Samuel         4) r:0.26 McCarty, Quintin      
    r:+0.64  20.19        41.79 (41.79)
        1:01.87 (20.08)     1:23.79 (42.00)
        1:43.48 (19.69)     2:05.48 (41.69)
        2:24.49 (19.01)     2:46.22 (40.74)
  3 VA Tech  'A'                  2:50.49    2:46.77 A       54  
     1) Ramadan, Youssef              2) r:0.28 Whitfield, Brendan    
     3) r:0.27 Dominguez Calone, Luis 4) r:0.12 Coll Marti, Carles    
    r:+0.59  19.61        42.05 (42.05)
        1:01.71 (19.66)     1:23.68 (41.63)
        1:43.29 (19.61)     2:05.40 (41.72)
        2:24.77 (19.37)     2:46.77 (41.37)
  4 UVA  'A'                      2:51.51    2:49.64 A       52  
     1) Brownstead, Matthew           2) r:0.12 Boyle, Connor         
     3) r:0.15 Lamb, Augustus         4) r:0.18 Connery, Timothy      
    r:+0.62  20.02        42.36 (42.36)
        1:01.84 (19.48)     1:24.56 (42.20)
        1:44.31 (19.75)     2:06.95 (42.39)
        2:27.14 (20.19)     2:49.64 (42.69)
  5 FSU  'A'                      2:50.88    2:49.95 A       50  
     1) Herbet, Mason                 2) r:0.18 Varjasi, Peter        
     3) r:0.23 Schulrath, Tobias      4) r:0.33 Wilson, Maximillian   
    r:+0.67  20.30        42.79 (42.79)
        1:02.67 (19.88)     1:24.87 (42.08)
        1:44.90 (20.03)     2:07.52 (42.65)
        2:27.25 (19.73)     2:49.95 (42.43)
  6 GT  'A'                       2:53.12    2:50.18 A       48  
     1) Odorici, Leandro              2) r:0.12 Gapinski, David       
     3) r:0.37 Balduccini, Ricky      4) r:0.12 Unlu, Baturalp        
    r:+0.65  20.39        42.52 (42.52)
        1:02.60 (20.08)     1:25.37 (42.85)
        1:45.41 (20.04)     2:07.73 (42.36)
        2:27.59 (19.86)     2:50.18 (42.45)
  7 Louisville  'A'               2:52.80    2:50.38 A       46  
     1) Brooks, Guy                   2) r:0.29 Lowe, Dalton          
     3) r:0.40 Sartori, Murilo        4) r:0.14 Loktev, Denis         
    r:+0.68  20.41        42.57 (42.57)
        1:02.60 (20.03)     1:25.28 (42.71)
        1:45.47 (20.19)     2:07.73 (42.45)
        2:27.91 (20.18)     2:50.38 (42.65)
  8 Pitt  'A'                     2:53.23    2:52.34         44  
     1) Goncharov, Stepan             2) r:0.00 Toledo Sanchez,Dominic
     3) r:0.27 Radziszewski, Kzysztof 4) r:0.29 Goraj, Marcin         
    r:+0.70  20.49        43.17 (43.17)
        1:03.12 (19.95)     1:25.57 (42.40)
        1:46.09 (20.52)     2:08.95 (43.38)
        2:29.68 (20.73)     2:52.34 (43.39)
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VASwimFan
VASwimFan
1 month ago

Youssef Ramadan won the 100 Fly. Not Luke Miller.

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