ACC Friday Recap: Virginia Women Take Down NC State in Rematch

Virginia senior Caitlin Cooper -- Photo Courtesy: University of Virginia Athletics

The reigning ACC champion NC State Wolfpack women and men traveled to Charlottesville, Va., Friday, to match up with their former associate head coach, Todd DeSorbo, and the Virginia Cavaliers. NC State dominated the men’s meet, as expected, winning 193 to 100, while Virginia turned in just as strong an effort against the NC State women.

In a re-match of the 2017 ACC championships, where NC State won to break a nine-year Virginia winning streak, the Cavaliers got back on top by a final score of 178 to 117.

For the Virginia women, Caitlin Cooper won the 50 free (22.24) and 100 free (49.36), while Cooper’s fellow senior Jen Marrkand won the 200 fly (1:54.43) and 200 IM (1:59.25). Freshman Anna Pang earned wins in both the 100 back (53.47) and 100 fly (53.19).

Elsewhere, Morgan Hill turned in an impressive time of 1:44.81 to win the 200 free, and Paige Madden led a Cavaliers 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 back with her time of 1:56.56. Mary Claire Tansill won the 200 breast in 2:14.02.

Virginia also picked up a pair of diving wins, with Sydney Dusel winning 1-meter (293.70) and Kylie Towbin taking first on the 3-meter board (347.10). In relay action, Abby Richter, Vivian Tafuto, Pang and Cooper won the 200 medley in 1:39.31.

Hannah Moore was NC State’s top female performer on the day, easily topping the 1000 free in 9:46.06 and then the 500 free in 4:47.29. The only other Wolfpack woman to win was Julia Poole in the 100 breast (1:02.21).

NC State did end the women’s meet on a high note, with Elise Haan, Krista Duffield, Lexie Lupton and Vasiliki Baka taking the 400 free relay in 3:19.60.

In the men’s meet, NC State won all but one swimming event contested. Leading the way was Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held, who picked up wins with strong times in the 200 free (1:36.79) and 100 fly (46.80).

Justin Ress got under 20 seconds in the 50 free, winning the event in 19.82, and he also won the 100 free in 43.31. Anton Ipsen took wins in both the 1000 (8:56.10) and 500 free (4:21.59), and Coleman Stewart swept the 100 (46.28) and 200 back (1:43.70).

Other NC State individual winners included Jacob Molacek in the 100 breast (54.80), James Bretscher in the 200 fly (1:44.70), Andreas Vazaios in the 200 IM (1:46.70) and divers Stewart Spanbauer on 1-meter (342.60) and James Brady on 3-meter (328.60).

Vazaios, Molacek, Held and Ress won the 200 medley relay in 1:27.06, and Held, Molacek, Giovanni Izzo and Ress posted a 2:52.39 for first in the 400 free relay.

Virginia’s only win of the day in the men’s competition came in the 200 breast, where Matthew Otto led a 1-2-3 sweep with his time of 1:58.68.

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Notre Dame at Florida State

After the first day of a two-day dual meet in Tallahassee, Fla., Notre Dame’s women and men lead Florida State. The women are up 112 to 74, while the men’s meet is tighter, 97 to 89.

For Notre Dame’s women, Lindsay Stone won the 1000 free in 9:54.26, and Abbie Dolan captured first in the 200 free in 1:48.20. Alice Treuth added a win in the 100 back (54.30), Nikki Smith won the 200 fly (1:59.78), and Rachel Wittmer won the 100 IM in 56.72.

To end the session, Dolan, Skylar Fore, Carly Quast and Sofia Revilak Fonseca won the 400 free relay in 3:21.00.

For Florida State, Natalie Pierce picked up a win in the 100 breast in 1:01.34, and teammate Lexi Smith won the 50 free (23.27). Blaire Mulka contributed to the FSU cause with a win in 1-meter diving (276.08). Madeline Cohen, Pierce, Leila Johnston and Lexi Smith won the 200 medley relay for the Noles in 1:40.64.

In the men’s meet, Zach Yeadon pulled off an impressive double for the Fighting Irish as he picked up back-to-back wins in the 1000 (9:05.07) and 200 free (1:37.83). Robby Whitacre then won the 100 back in 48.65, and Matt Grauslys topped the field in the 200 fly (1:48.25). Joe Coumos won 3-meter diving (383.78).

Matt Ankerholz won the 100 breast for Florida State in 56.05, and teammate Chad Mylin won the 50 free (20.06). Kanoa Kaleoaloha won the 100 IM for the Seminoles in 50.56.

Florida State bookended the men’s meet with relay wins. The team of Mylin, Ankerholz, Kaleoaloha and Joseph Plechy took first in the 200 medley relay in 1:28.49, and then Plechy, Emir Muratovic, Felipe Ribeiro de Souza and Will Pisani won the 400 free relay in 2:59.70.

Pittsburgh at West Virginia

The “Backyard Brawl” was rescheduled after maintenance issues forced West Virginia to cancel the meet two weeks ago, and the two teams split the Thursday afternoon showdown. Pittsburgh’s women finished on top, 193-107, while the WVU men topped Pitt, 187-113.

Rachel Brown posted three wins for the Panthers, taking first in the 50 (23.70), 100 (51.93) and 200 free (1:51.50). Valerie Daigneault joined Brown as a triple winner, topping the 100 (55.71) and 200 back (1:58.28) as well as the 200 IM (2:03.04).

Amanda Richey won the 1000 (10:06.00) and 500 free (4:56.48), and Lina Rathsack was victorious in both breaststroke events (1:03.56 in the 100 breast, 2:18.25 in the 200 breast). Meme Sharp swept 1-meter (319.87) and 3-meter diving (306.60).

The Pitt women opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, with Shannon Hochkeppel, Rathsack, Sam Howe and Brown combining to swim a time of 1:44.41. The Panther women capped off the meet with Howe, Rathsack, Daigneault and Shahar Menahem recording a 3:30.48 to win the 400 free relay.

The Pittsburgh men, meanwhile, saw only two swimmers pick up individual wins, but both were extremely productive. Samy Helmbacher finished first in all three of his events, the 200 free (1:39.38), 200 breast (2:03.02) and 200 IM (1:48.40), while Aaron Sett won the 1000 (9:27.09) and 500 free (4:32.67).

Denison at Pittsburgh

Returning home Friday for a second straight day of competition, Pitt easily beat Denison, 204 to 94 in the women’s meet and 192 to 101 for the men.

For the women, Sharp again swept 1-meter (308.70) and 3-meter (300.45) diving events, while Daigneault won the 100 free (51.24) and 100 IM (57.60). Richey won the 200 free (1:50.86), and later on, she also topped a 300-yard free race in 2:52.89. Sam Howe won the women’s 50 fly (25.11) and 100 fly (55.93).

Noah Marble took the top spot in both 1-meter (297.38) and 3-meter (336.15) diving, while Helmbacher again won two events, this time the 500 free (4:29.59) and 100 IM (51.51).

Virginia Tech & Xavier at Cincinnati

Virginia Tech kicked off their weekend in Ohio with sweeps of both Xavier and Cincinnati. So dominant were the Hokies that they actually finished 1-2 in all four relays contested. The VT women beat Cincinnati 183-60 and downed Xavier 201-35, while the men won by scores of 169-74 (vs. Cincinnati) and 198-38 (vs. Xavier).


Maggie Gruber was the only double winner of the day in swimming, winning both the 50 free (23.34) and 100 back (54.46), while Ashlynn Peters swept both 1-meter (300.70) and 3-meter (332.10) diving for the Hokies.

Danielle Griggs won the 200 free (1:51.88), while Grace Kowal took first in the 400 IM (4:26.31) and Molly Sheffield won the 100 fly (56.15). Other VT women who won individual events in the pool included Adriana Grabski in the 100 free (51.12), Reka Gyorgy in the 400 IM (4:51.61) and Kelly Henry in the 100 breast (1:03.37

In the men’s meet, Thomas Hallock won the 50 free, Ian Ho took first in the 100 free, and Norbert Szabo posted a time of 3:56.71 to win the 400 IM. Other victors included Harrison Pierce in the 100 fly (49.57), Jacob Lamparella in the 100 back (49.74), Hassler Carroll in the 500 free (4:31.29) and Justin Edwards in the 100 breast (55.18).

Benjamin Schiesl won 1-meter diving (370.85), while teammate Jack Gigliotti took first on 3-meter (355.75).

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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