ACC Saturday Recap: North Carolina Takes Down Virginia Tech

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In Saturday’s ACC swimming action, the Virginia Tech Hokies traveled south to Chapel Hill, N.C., where they were upset in both the women’s and men’s meets by the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC’s women won the meet 178.5 to 121.5, while the men came out on top by a score of 166 to 134.

Senior Caroline Baldwin and freshman Caroline Hauder have been the catalysts for the Tar Heels all year, and they were once again against Virginia Tech. Baldwin won the 100 back (52.44) and 100 free (48.44), while Hauder swept the 100 (1:01.46) and 200 breast (2:15.27) and also added a win in the 200 IM (1:59.51).

Baldwin, Hauder, Maddie Smith and Brooke Bauer won the meet-opening 200 medley relay in 1:40.17. Smith also won the 50 free (23.07), while in the distance events, Robyn Dryer won the 1000 free (9:55.86) and Bryanna Cameron took first in the 500 (4:51.91). In diving, Elissa Dawson won the three-meter event (358.65).

To wrap up the meet, Baldwin, Emma Cole, Smith and Bauer won the 400 free relay in 3:22.25.

Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo posted wins in the 200 fly (1:56.96) and 100 fly (54.33), while Reka Gyorgy won the 200 free (1:49.83) and Emily Meilus captured first in the 200 back (1:59.33). Ashlynn Peters won three-meter diving (300.98).

In the men’s meet, Tar Heel freshmen were responsible for six of the team’s seven victories. Alvin Jiang swept the 100 back (46.83) and 100 fly (48.15), and Valdas Abaliksta swept the 100 (54.75) and 200 breast (1:58.98).

Jiang and Abaliksta combined with Nick Loomis and James Casey to win the 200 medley relay in 1:28.78. Hans Schroeder, Abaliksta, Casey and Phillip Perdue won the 400 free relay in 3:00.37.

Dimitrios Dimitriou picked up a win in the 200 free, touching in 1:38.61, and Chris Thames won the 200 back (1:47.72). The only upperclassman win for UNC came from senior Henry Campbell, who touched out VT’s Lane Stone to win the 500 free, 4:29.25 to 4:29.58.

Virginia Tech’s Ian Ho swept the 50 (19.94) and 100 free (44.59), while Michael Craddock won the 1000 free (9:17.17), and Norbert Szabo won the 200 fly (1:48.93) and 200 IM (1:51.28). Benjamin Schiesel won one-meter diving (362.48), and teammate Jack Gigliotti captured first on the three-meter board (369.45).


NC State at Cal (women only)

One day after coming up short against Stanford, the NC State Wolfpack women could not keep pace with reigning NCAA runners-up Cal, falling by a score of 176 to 124.

Against Stanford, NC State won just one swimming event. At Cal, the total was three. Hannah Moore cruised to wins in both the 1000 (9:48.03) and 500 free (4:47.82), while Julia Poole’s strong freshman season for the Wolfpack continued when she won the 200 breast in 2:15.95.

Read more about the meet in our Pac-12 swimming recap.

Pitt, Seton Hall, Georgetown & Villanova at Rutgers

Pitt came out on top in all scored dual meets after a five-team, two-day meet at Rutgers over the weekend.


On Saturday, the team won all four relays contested, as well as ten individual events. For the women, Sarah Giamber won the 400 IM in 4:25.35, Valerie Daigneault won the 200 back in 1:58.82, and Lina Rathsack came out on top in the 200 breast, touching in 2:14.96.

Daigneault, Rathsack, Sam Howe and Rachel Brown combined to win both the 200 medley (1:44.31) and 400 free relays (3:25.58).

On the men’s side, Armin Remenyi posted a huge day, winning the 100 free (45.87) and 100 fly (50.28) and contributing to two relay wins. Bence Szucsik, Jason Young, Blaise Vera and Remenyi won the 200 medley relay in 1:31.24, while Brian Lovasik, Remenyi, Vera and Eben Vorster won the 400 free relay in 3:00.95.

Elsewhere, Szucsik touched first in the 200 back (1:49.97), while Lovasik won the 500 free (4:33.30). Other Pitt wins came from Samy Helmbacher in the 400 IM (3:54.65), Boris Kulizhnikov in the 200 breast (2:03.75) and Joseph Ference in three-meter diving (315.00).

Full results

North Florida, Florida Southern & West Florida at Florida State

Florida State swept a large home meet of Florida-based teams Saturday afternoon.

For the women, top performances came from Blaire Mulka, who won one-meter (297.83) and three-meter (311.03) diving and from Ana Zortea, who topped the field in the 100 (1:04.00) and 200 breast (2:20.22).

For the men, Connor Kalisz swept the 100 (49.28) and 200 back (1:48.20), while Chad Mylin won the 100 free (45.49) and Kaleo Kaleoaloha the 100 breast (56.47). Emir Muratovic and Jake Urbano joined the duo on the victorious 200 medley relay (1:29.54).

Check out Friday’s ACC swimming results.