NC State, Virginia Each Claim Relay Wins at Women’s ACC Championships; Comerford Splits 1:40.26

During the first day of action in Greensboro, N.C., at the women’s ACC championships, defending conference champion NC State and Virginia each won a relay as the two teams prepare to battle with Louisville for the conference crown throughout the weekend.

The top individual performance of the day came, unsurprisingly, from Louisville junior Mallory Comerford, who recorded one of the fastest 200-yard free relay splits in history.

After one day, UNC led with 151 points, just ahead of Virginia (143). They were followed by Duke (139), Louisville (138), Notre Dame (135), NC State (135), Virginia Tech (133), Florida State (131), Miami (109), Pittsburgh (101), Georgia Tech (87) and Boston College (60).

Read about all events contested below, including women’s and men’s diving action.

Full results

4×50 Medley Relay

The North Carolina State Wolfpack kicked off their conference title defense with a win in the 4×50 medley relay. The team of Elise Haan (23.59), Anna Shumate (27.33), Krista Duffield (23.27) and Lexie Lupton (21.88) finished in a time of 1:36.07.

Virginia Tech, seeded sixth headed into the event, surprisingly led after the butterfly leg and ended up finishing second in 1:36.35. Klaudia NaziebloJoelle VerebMaggie Gruber and Adriana Grabski swam for the Hokies. Virginia’s foursome of Abby RichterVivian TafutoAnna Pang and Caitlin Cooper took third in 1:36.69. Cooper had the race’s fastest anchor split at 21.23.

North Carolina finished fourth in 1:36.82, followed by top-seeded Louisville in 1:37.09. The Cardinals went with a team of Alina KendziorMariia AstashkinaGrace Oglesby and Casey Fanz, meaning that Mallory Comerford will be available for three individual events and all four remaining relays.

Rounding out the top eight were Notre Dame (1:37.15), Duke (1:37.31) and Notre Dame (1:37.71).

Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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         Meet: & 1:34.89  2/13/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          E Haan, K Brumbaum, N Labonge, K Perry
          ACC: % 1:34.89  2/13/2017 North Carolina State Universit, NCSU-NC
                          E Haan, K Brumbaum, N Labonge, K Perry
     American:   1:34.10  3/17/2017 California, Calif
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
         NCAA:   1:34.10  3/17/2017 California, Calif
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
    U.S. Open:   1:34.10  3/17/2017 California, Calif
                          K Baker, A Weitzeil, N Thomas, F Osman
                 1:36.89  A
                 1:37.51  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 NC State                      1:37.25    1:36.07 A       64  
     1) Haan, Elise JR                2) r:0.16 Shumate, Anna FR      
     3) r:0.11 Duffield, Krista SR    4) r:0.26 Lupton, Lexie JR      
             23.59        50.92 (27.33)
        1:14.19 (23.27)     1:36.07 (21.88)
  2 Virginia Tech                 1:37.96    1:36.35 A       56  
     1) Nazieblo, Klaudia SR          2) r:0.47 Vereb, Joelle FR      
     3) r:0.19 Gruber, Maggie SR      4) r:+0.0 Grabski, Adriana SR   
             24.03        51.17 (27.14)
        1:14.34 (23.17)     1:36.35 (22.01)
  3 Virginia                      1:37.77    1:36.69 A       54  
     1) Richter, Abby FR              2) r:0.05 Tafuto, Vivian JR     
     3) r:0.34 Pang, Anna FR          4) r:0.13 Cooper, Caitlin SR    
             24.28        52.51 (28.23)
        1:15.46 (22.95)     1:36.69 (21.23)
  4 UNC                           1:37.68    1:36.82 A       52  
     1) Baldwin, Caroline SR          2) r:0.24 Hauder, Caroline FR   
     3) r:0.36 Cole, Emma FR          4) r:0.27 Bauer, Brooke SO      
             24.04        51.16 (27.12)
        1:14.72 (23.56)     1:36.82 (22.10)
  5 Louisville                    1:36.86    1:37.09 B       50  
     1) Kendzior, Alina JR            2) r:0.16 Astashkina, Mariia FR 
     3) r:0.21 Oglesby, Grace SO      4) r:0.24 Fanz, Casey SO        
             24.51        52.22 (27.71)
        1:15.44 (23.22)     1:37.09 (21.65)
  6 Notre Dame                    1:38.43    1:37.15 B       48  
     1) Quast, Carly FR               2) r:+0.0 O'Donnell, Meaghan JR 
     3) r:0.16 Grunhard, Cailey FR    4) r:0.34 Revilak Fonsecaofia JR
             24.44         33.67 (9.23)
        1:15.28 (41.61)     1:37.15 (21.87)
  7 Duke                          1:39.55    1:37.31 B       46  
     1) Hess, Maddie JR               2) r:0.28 Hynes, Susan JR       
     3) r:0.01 Marsh, Alyssa SO       4) r:0.17 Goldman, Leah SR      
             24.76        52.86 (28.10)
        1:15.41 (22.55)     1:37.31 (21.90)
  8 Florida St                    1:36.95    1:37.71         44  
     1) Cohen, Madeline FR            2) r:0.33 Pierce, Natalie SR    
     3) r:0.19 Lovemore, Tayla SR     4) r:0.08 Smith, Lexi SR        
             24.78        52.87 (28.09)
        1:15.94 (23.07)     1:37.71 (21.77)

Women’s 1-meter Diving

Florida State’s Blaire Mulka won the first diving title of the meet, scoring 317.50 points to win 1-meter. She was followed by UNC’s Maria Lohman, who took second with 308.20, and Louisville’s Molly Fears, who came in third with 294.35.

Miami’s Wally Layland finished fourth with 292.10 points, ahead of Virginia Tech’s Ashylnn Peters (291.95), Duke’s Mackenzie Willborn (282.70), UNC’s Elissa Dawson (278.95) and Virginia’s Kylie Towbin (277.85).

Event 2  Women 1 mtr Diving
=========================================================================
         Meet: & 361.85  2/17/2011 Abby Johnston, Duke
          ACC: % 379.98  3/3/2007  Jenna Dreyer, Miami
         NCAA:   361.55  3/2007    Cassidy Krug, Stanford
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Mulka, Blair     SR Florida St         273.85     317.50         32  
  2 Lohman, Maria    JR UNC                258.35     308.20         28  
  3 Fears, Molly     SO Louisville         265.30     294.35         27  
  4 Layland, Wally   SR Miami (FL)         269.50     292.10         26  
  5 Peters, Ashlynn  JR Virginia Tech      271.50     291.95         25  
  6 Willborn, Mack   JR Duke               262.20     282.70         24  
  7 Dawson, Elisa    SR UNC                262.80     278.95         23  
  8 Towbin, Kylie    JR Virginia           263.55     277.85         22

4×200 Free Relay

The Virginia Cavaliers came from behind to win the 4×200 free relay in 6:55.77. After Morgan Hill led off in 1:44.86, none of the other UVA swimmers split 1:44 or slower: Jen Marrkand (1:43.69), Paige Madden (1:43.71) and Eryn Eddy (1:43.51). It was Eddy’s furious finish that helped Virginia overcome a deficit that was almost two seconds heading into the anchor leg.

Louisville, after leading almost the entire race, finished second in 6:56.32. Sophie CattermoleMallory ComerfordRachael Bradford-Feldman and Arina Openysheva swam for the Cardinals, with Comerford blasting an amazing 1:40.26 split to give Louisville the lead.

NC State’s quartet of Lexie LuptonElise HaanHannah Moore and Julia Poole touched well back in third, with a time of 7:03.63. Notre Dame (7:04.31), Virginia Tech (7:07.49), North Carolina (7:07.93), Georgia Tech (7:09.06) and Pittsburgh (7:09.09) also finished in the top eight.

Event 3  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         Meet: & 6:56.21  2/13/2017 Virginia, University of, UVA-VA
                          L Smith, J Marrkand, M Hill, K Jones
          ACC: % 6:55.25  3/16/2016 Virginia, University of, UVA-VA
                          L Smith, M Moroney, K Jones, J Marrkand
     American:   6:45.91  3/15/2017 Stanford, Stanf
                          S Manuel, L Neal, E Eastin, K Ledecky
         NCAA:   6:45.91  3/15/2017 Stanford, Stanf
                          S Manuel, L Neal, E Eastin, K Ledecky
    U.S. Open:   6:45.91  3/15/2017 Stanford, Stanf
                          S Manuel, L Neal, E Eastin, K Ledecky
                 7:03.86  A
                 7:07.86  B
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Virginia                      7:03.03    6:55.77&A       64  
     1) Hill, Morgan SO               2) r:0.18 Marrkand, Jen SR      
     3) r:-0.07 Madden, Paige FR      4) r:0.25 Eddy, Eryn JR         
             25.20        51.12 (51.12)
      1:17.92 (1:17.92)   1:44.86 (1:44.86)
        1:58.36 (13.50)     2:35.77 (50.91)
      3:02.21 (1:17.35)   3:28.55 (1:43.69)
        3:53.24 (24.69)     4:19.49 (50.94)
      4:45.73 (1:17.18)   5:12.26 (1:43.71)
        5:35.52 (23.26)     6:01.55 (49.29)
      6:28.66 (1:16.40)   6:55.77 (1:43.51)
  2 Louisville                    6:58.41    6:56.32 A       56  
     1) Cattermole, Sophie JR         2) r:0.30 Comerford, Mallory JR 
     3) r:0.29 Bradford-Feldmahael JR 4) r:0.46 Openysheva, Arina FR  
             24.98        51.50 (51.50)
      1:18.47 (1:18.47)   1:45.12 (1:45.12)
        2:08.26 (23.14)     2:33.80 (48.68)
      2:59.53 (1:14.41)   3:25.38 (1:40.26)
        3:49.46 (24.08)     4:16.11 (50.73)
      4:43.15 (1:17.77)   5:10.41 (1:45.03)
        5:34.74 (24.33)     6:01.90 (51.49)
      6:29.21 (1:18.80)   6:56.32 (1:45.91)
  3 NC State                      7:10.01    7:03.63 A       54  
     1) Lupton, Lexie JR              2) r:0.40 Haan, Elise JR        
     3) r:0.41 Moore, Hannah SR       4) r:0.43 Poole, Julia FR       
             24.35        51.00 (51.00)
      1:18.54 (1:18.54)   1:46.87 (1:46.87)
        2:02.18 (15.31)     2:37.42 (50.55)
      3:04.86 (1:17.99)   3:32.51 (1:45.64)
        3:56.90 (24.39)     4:23.65 (51.14)
      4:51.06 (1:18.55)   5:18.28 (1:45.77)
        5:42.65 (24.37)     6:09.54 (51.26)
      6:36.89 (1:18.61)   7:03.63 (1:45.35)
  4 Notre Dame                    7:11.98    7:04.31 B       52  
     1) Dolan, Abigail SO             2) r:0.28 Sarazen, Kyra JR      
     3) r:0.27 Heller, Lauren SO      4) r:0.25 Fore, Skylar FR       
             24.41        50.70 (50.70)
      1:17.70 (1:17.70)   1:45.20 (1:45.20)
        2:09.48 (24.28)     2:36.41 (51.21)
      3:03.86 (1:18.66)   3:32.06 (1:46.86)
        3:55.91 (23.85)     4:22.37 (50.31)
      4:49.44 (1:17.38)   5:17.51 (1:45.45)
        5:41.52 (24.01)     6:08.70 (51.19)
      6:36.14 (1:18.63)   7:04.31 (1:46.80)
  5 Virginia Tech                 7:12.42    7:07.49 B       50  
     1) Gyorgy, Reka SO               2) r:0.44 Grabski, Adriana SR   
     3) r:0.41 Nazieblo, Klaudia SR   4) r:0.42 Hicks, Chloe SO       
             24.71        51.29 (51.29)
      1:18.24 (1:18.24)   1:45.27 (1:45.27)
        2:09.59 (24.32)     2:36.45 (51.18)
      3:04.33 (1:19.06)   3:32.12 (1:46.85)
        3:57.38 (25.26)     4:24.85 (52.73)
      4:52.50 (1:20.38)   5:20.04 (1:47.92)
        5:44.82 (24.78)     6:11.85 (51.81)
      6:39.68 (1:19.64)   7:07.49 (1:47.45)
  6 UNC                           7:13.72    7:07.93         48  
     1) Hauder, Caroline FR           2) r:0.20 Fields, Zhada JR      
     3) r:0.36 Cole, Emma FR          4) r:0.28 Dryer, Robyn JR       
             24.22        50.90 (50.90)
      1:18.64 (1:18.64)   1:46.45 (1:46.45)
        2:10.62 (24.17)     2:36.99 (50.54)
      3:04.11 (1:17.66)   3:31.42 (1:44.97)
        3:44.96 (13.54)     4:24.73 (53.31)
      4:53.25 (1:21.83)   5:21.38 (1:49.96)
        5:45.56 (24.18)     6:12.38 (51.00)
      6:40.12 (1:18.74)   7:07.93 (1:46.55)
  7 Georgia Tech                  7:12.02    7:09.06         46  
     1) Wang, Iris JR                 2) r:0.18 Ilgenfritz, Emily SO  
     3) r:0.38 Nugent, Celine FR      4) r:0.23 Kitchens, Kaitlin SR  
             24.83        51.84 (51.84)
      1:18.72 (1:18.72)   1:45.76 (1:45.76)
        2:10.53 (24.77)     2:37.56 (51.80)
      3:05.14 (1:19.38)   3:32.96 (1:47.20)
        3:58.05 (25.09)     4:25.85 (52.89)
      4:53.86 (1:20.90)   5:21.98 (1:49.02)
        5:46.07 (24.09)     6:12.64 (50.66)
      6:40.65 (1:18.67)   7:09.06 (1:47.08)
  8 Pittsburgh                    7:13.04    7:09.09         44  
     1) Daigneault, Valerie SO        2) r:0.17 Richey, Amanda SR     
     3) r:0.49 Menahem, Shahar FR     4) r:0.47 Brown, Rachel JR      
             25.24        52.19 (52.19)
      1:19.39 (1:19.39)   1:47.16 (1:47.16)
        2:11.65 (24.49)     2:38.33 (51.17)
      3:05.99 (1:18.83)   3:33.46 (1:46.30)
        3:58.46 (25.00)     4:25.70 (52.24)
      4:53.38 (1:19.92)   5:21.06 (1:47.60)
        5:45.91 (24.85)     6:13.63 (52.57)
      6:41.66 (1:20.60)   7:09.09 (1:48.03)

Men’s 3-meter Diving

North Carolina’s Greg Duncan edged out Florida State’s Joshua Davidson by less than a point to win men’s 3-meter diving, 416.10 to 415.40. Finishing third was NC State’s James Brady with 402.35 points.

Rounding out the finalists were Notre Dame’s Joe Coumos (401.15), Florida State’s Cameron Thatcher (367.90), Duke’s Nathaniel Hernandez (344.90), Duke’s Evan Moretti (341.85) and Miami’s Zachary Cooper (318.60).

Event 22  Men 3 mtr Diving
=========================================================================
         Meet: & 531.00  2/20/2014 Nick McCrory, Duke
          ACC: % 531.00  2/20/2014 Nick McCrory, Duke
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Duncan, Greg     FR UNC                380.85     416.10         32  
  2 Davidson, Joshu  FR Florida St         344.60     415.40         28  
  3 Brady, James     SO NC State           369.60     402.35         27  
  4 Coumos, Joe      SR Notre Dame         356.80     401.15         26  
  5 Thatcher, Camer  SO Florida St         342.70     367.90         25  
  6 Hernandez, Nath  SO Duke               343.55     344.90         24  
  7 Moretti, Evan    JR Duke               400.40     341.85         23  
  8 Cooper, Zachary  FR Miami (FL)         331.90     318.60         22
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