NC State Sweeps Medley Relays With Near NCAA Record in 200 Medley to Close Out Historic Night For Program

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The NC State Wolfpack capped a historic night to close out the Friday night finals of the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro with its third win as a program, finishing with a 200 medley relay win of 1:33.18. The team of Katharine Berkoff (23.27), Sophie Hansson (25.92), Sirena Rowe (22.73) and Kylee Alons (21.26) swept the medley relays as NC State won its second national title relay in school history after last night’s 400 medley relay that broke the NCAA record.

This is also the third win of the night as Berkoff and Hansson each won their respective individual events tonight in the 100 back and breaststroke as the Wolfpack are solidly in second place with one more day to go. The school has never been higher than seventh place at NCAAs as the Atlantic Coast Conference is becoming a powerhouse conference.

Virginia will hang on to the NCAA & American Record but will not have the satisfaction of finishing the season as national champs as they finished second for the third time this meet with the team of Caroline Gmelich (24.13), Alexis Wenger (26.41), Lexi Cuomo (22.40) and Kate Douglass (21.19) at 1:34.13. They were well off their 1:32.93 American record they set weeks prior at ACCs in this same pool in Greensboro as this relay being on Friday night of NCAAs versus being on the first night of conference can certainly cause some disparity between the season best times.

Ohio State finished in third overall at 1:34.96 with the team of Emily Crane (23.92), Hannah Bach (26.58), Katherine Zenick (22.95) and Taylor Petrak (21.51) as they sit fifth overall.

Cal was fourth and sit in that same spot in the team standings as the team of Isabelle Stadden (23.91), Ema Rajic (26.80), Isabel Ivey (22.76) and Elise Garcia (21.51) swam a 1:34.98 out of the penultimate heat.

Stanford (1:35.62), Alabama (1:35.80), Texas (1:35.84), Tennessee (1:36.25) and North Carolina (1:36.25) rounded out the top eight.

The quickest spits outside the top four came from Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil (23.17), Tennessee’s Mona McSharry (26.57), Missouri’s Sarah Thompson (22.43) and Alabama’s Kalia Antoniou (21.46).

This is the first time an ACC school has won the 200 medley relay and the first time a school outside the Pac-12 or SEC has won it since Texas in 1987.

Listen to the audio interviews with the NC State relay below:

Berkoff & Alons:

Hansson & Rowe:

 Event 14  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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         NCAA: N 1:32.93  2/17/2021 Virginia 
                          C Gmelich, A Wenger, A Cuomo, K Douglass
         Meet: M 1:33.11  3/16/2018 Stanford
                          A. Howe, K. Williams, J. Hu, S. Manuel
     American: A 1:32.93  2/17/2021 Virginia
                          C Gmelich, A Wenger, A Cuomo, K Douglass
      US Open: O 1:32.93  2/17/2021 Virginia
                          C Gmelich, A Wenger, A Cuomo, K Douglass
         Pool: P 1:32.93  2/17/2021 Virginia
                          C Gmelich, A Wenger, A Cuomo, K Douglass
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                            1:33.52    1:33.18   40  
     1) Berkoff, Katharine SO         2) r:0.13 Hansson, Sophie JR    
     3) r:0.23 Rowe, Sirena SR        4) r:0.17 Alons, Kylee JR       
    r:+0.56  23.27        49.19 (25.92)
        1:11.92 (22.73)     1:33.18 (21.26)
  2 Virginia                            1:32.93    1:34.13   34  
     1) Gmelich, Caroline SR          2) r:0.04 Wenger, Alexis JR     
     3) r:0.26 Cuomo, Lexi SO         4) r:0.36 Douglass, Kate SO     
    r:+0.63  24.13        50.54 (26.41)
        1:12.94 (22.40)     1:34.13 (21.19)
  3 Ohio St                             1:34.46    1:34.96   32  
     1) Crane, Emily JR               2) r:0.30 Bach, Hannah SO       
     3) r:0.24 Zenick, Katherine FR   4) r:0.21 Petrak, Taylor SR     
    r:+0.73  23.92        50.50 (26.58)
        1:13.45 (22.95)     1:34.96 (21.51)
  4 California                          1:35.18    1:34.98   30  
     1) Stadden, Isabelle FR          2) r:0.26 Rajic, Ema JR         
     3) r:0.35 Ivey, Isabel JR        4) r:0.22 Garcia, Elise JR      
    r:+0.65  23.91        50.71 (26.80)
        1:13.47 (22.76)     1:34.98 (21.51)
  5 Stanford                            1:35.52    1:35.62   28  
     1) Rudolph, Janelle FR           2) r:0.12 Raab, Allie JR        
     3) r:0.32 Wheal, Emma SO         4) r:0.13 Fackenthal, Amalie JR 
    r:+0.68  24.36        51.10 (26.74)
        1:14.02 (22.92)     1:35.62 (21.60)
  6 Alabama                             1:34.68    1:35.80   26  
     1) White, Rhyan JR               2) r:0.21 Wong, Kaila SR        
     3) r:0.29 Scott, Morgan JR       4) r:0.28 Antoniou, Kalia JR    
    r:+0.58  24.02        51.38 (27.36)
        1:14.34 (22.96)     1:35.80 (21.46)
  7 Texas                               1:34.82    1:35.84   24  
     1) Cook, Julia JR                2) r:0.27 Elendt, Anna FR       
     3) r:0.14 Bray, Olivia FR        4) r:0.07 Cooper, Grace FR      
    r:+0.66  23.90        50.80 (26.90)
        1:13.96 (23.16)     1:35.84 (21.88)
  8 UNC                                 1:36.23    1:36.25   20  
     1) Countie, Grace JR             2) r:0.48 Higgs, Lilly JR       
     3) r:0.19 Lindner, Sophie JR     4) r:0.20 Lowe, Heidi JR        
    r:+0.75  23.92        51.14 (27.22)
        1:14.22 (23.08)     1:36.25 (22.03)
  8 Tennessee                           1:36.41    1:36.25   20  
     1) Harper, Olivia FR             2) r:0.39 McSharry, Mona FR     
     3) r:0.17 Rothrock, Trude JR     4) r:0.33 Grinter, Bailey SR    
    r:+0.61  24.93        51.50 (26.57)
        1:14.70 (23.20)     1:36.25 (21.55)
 10 Missouri                            1:35.61    1:36.49   14  
     1) Rees, Meredith SO             2) r:0.18 Winer, Molly SO       
     3) r:0.29 Thompson, Sarah SR     4) r:0.23 Keil, Megan JR        
    r:+0.63  24.32        52.12 (27.80)
        1:14.55 (22.43)     1:36.49 (21.94)
 11 Northwestern                        1:36.20    1:36.60   12  
     1) Lepisova, Emma SO             2) r:0.09 Angus, Sophie SR      
     3) r:0.27 Guevara, Miriam JR     4) r:0.18 Smith, Maddie SR      
    r:+0.71  24.89        51.47 (26.58)
        1:15.08 (23.61)     1:36.60 (21.52)
 12 Louisville                          1:36.15    1:36.63   10  
     1) Schoof, Ashlyn SR             2) r:0.33 Wheeler, Kaylee JR    
     3) r:0.13 Hay, Abby SO           4) r:0.20 Albiero, Gabi FR      
    r:+0.69  24.61        51.69 (27.08)
        1:14.95 (23.26)     1:36.63 (21.68)
 13 Indiana                             1:36.80    1:36.83    8  
     1) Kovac, Bailey SR              2) r:0.19 Weiss, Emily SO       
     3) r:0.04 Broshears, Elizbeth FR 4) r:0.16 Turak, Ashley SO      
    r:+0.60  25.25        52.29 (27.04)
        1:15.24 (22.95)     1:36.83 (21.59)
 14 Georgia                             1:36.85    1:36.92    6  
     1) Fa'Amausili, Gabi SR          2) r:0.27 Dellatorre, Danelle SR
     3) r:0.35 Harnish, Courtney SR   4) r:0.38 Parker, Maxine FR     
    r:+0.64  24.34        51.20 (26.86)
        1:15.31 (24.11)     1:36.92 (21.61)
 15 USC                                 1:36.52    1:37.29    4  
     1) Janvier, Aela SO              2) r:0.32 Dobler, Kaitlyn FR    
     3) r:0.24 Schlicht, Jemma SR     4) r:0.27 Ciesla, Marta SR      
    r:+0.70  25.31        52.17 (26.86)
        1:15.37 (23.20)     1:37.29 (21.92)
 16 Michigan                            1:36.34    1:37.37    2  
     1) MacNeil, Maggie JR            2) r:0.17 Venter, Mariella SO   
     3) r:0.40 Carter, Olivia JR      4) r:0.19 Glass, Megan SO       
    r:+0.58  23.17        51.09 (27.92)
        1:14.57 (23.48)     1:37.37 (22.80)
 17 Kentucky                            1:35.87    1:37.38  
     1) Brooks, Caitlin SO            2) r:0.32 Bonnett, Bailey SR    
     3) r:0.37 Gati, Izzy JR          4) r:0.27 Gaines, Riley JR      
    r:+0.56  24.05        51.83 (27.78)
        1:15.50 (23.67)     1:37.38 (21.88)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                     
 
  1. Virginia                          344 
  2. NC State                          241
  3. Texas                             224 
  4. California                        210
  5. Ohio St                           177.5 
  6. Alabama                           155
  7. Stanford                          140 
  8. Michigan                          127.5
  9. Georgia                           115 
 10. Kentucky                          114
 10. UNC                               114 
 12. Tennessee                          90
 13. Louisville                         81 
 14. Missouri                           79
 15. Florida                            74.5 
 16. Texas A&M                          64
 16. Northwestern                       64 
 18. Indiana                            63
 19. Southern California                42 
 19. Miami                              42
 21. Minnesota                          40 
 22. Wisconsin                          39
 23. Virginia Tech                      28 
 24. Nebraska                           22
 25. Arkansas                           21 
 26. Arizona                            17.5
 27. Georgia Tech                       16 
 28. Purdue                             13
 29. Lsu                                 9 
 30. Houston                             6
 30. San Diego St                        6 
 32. Notre Dame                          4
 32. Duke                                4 
 34. Akron                               3