Virginia Breaks NCAA & American Record in 200 Medley Relay to Open 2021 ACC Women’s Swimming Championships (RACE VIDEO)

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Virginia Breaks NCAA & American Record in 200 Medley Relay to Open 2021 ACC Women’s Swimming Championships

200 Medley Relay

  • Conference record: 1:33.91, Virginia
  • Meet record: 1:34.27, Virginia
  • Nation’s top time: 1:34.35, Virginia

The Virginia Cavaliers wasted no time in getting the night off to a fast start with a 1:32.93 in the 200 medley relay to break the American and NCAA record that stood since 2018 at 1:33.11 that Stanford set on its way to winning all five relays at NCAAs three years ago.

The team of Caroline Gmelich, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo and Kate Douglass swam on the record setting relay with NC State coming in second at 1:33.52.

  • Virginia’s splits:
    • Gmelich – 23.70
    • Wenger – 26.03
    • Cuomo – 22.58
    • Douglass – 20.62
  • Stanford’s old record splits:
    • Howe – 23.54
    • Williams – 26.50
    • Hu – 22.62
    • Manuel – 20.45

NC State was second with the team of Katharine Berkoff (23.37), Sophie Hansson (26.31), Sirena Rowe (23.02) and Kylee Alons (20.82) as they also got close to the existing NCAA record and were ahead of the Cavaliers through 125 yards. Due to Hansson and Rowe holding dual citizenship with Sweden and Colombia they were not eligible for the American record, but they could push for an NCAA record later in the week in the 400 medley relay.

Berkoff’s time was right on the fastest 50 back ever of Maggie MacNeil set last year at 23.05.

Louisville finished in third at 1:36.15 and Florida State was fourth at 1:36.97.

Along with SECs going on this week, Virginia and NC State sit #1 and 2 in the nation right now.

  1 Virginia                      1:34.35    1:32.93*A       64  
     1) Gmelich, Caroline SR          2) r:0.10 Wenger, Alexis JR     
     3) r:0.20 Cuomo, Alexa SO        4) r:0.21 Douglass, Katherine SO
    r:+0.55  23.70            49.73 (26.03)
        1:12.31 (22.58)     1:32.93 (20.62)
  2 NC State                      1:34.86    1:33.52!A       56  
     1) Berkoff, Katharine SO         2) r:0.16 Hansson, Sophie JR    
     3) r:0.11 Rowe, Sirena SR        4) r:0.14 Alons, Kylee JR       
    r:+0.57  23.37            49.68 (26.31)
        1:12.70 (23.02)     1:33.52 (20.82)
  3 Louisville                    1:37.50    1:36.15 A       54  
     1) Schoof, Ashlyn SR             2) r:0.21 Wheeler, Kaylee JR    
     3) r:0.36 Regenauer, Chriiana SO 4) r:0.10 Albiero, Gabriela FR  
    r:+0.59  24.48            50.88 (26.40)
        1:14.53 (23.65)     1:36.15 (21.62)
  4 Florida St                    1:38.90    1:36.97 B       52  
     1) Quaglieri, Tania SO           2) r:0.18 Womer, Hannah JR      
     3) r:0.07 Olsen, Elise SR        4) r:0.06 Moynihan, Rebecca SR  
    r:+0.55  24.26            52.10 (27.84)
        1:15.32 (23.22)     1:36.97 (21.65)
  5 Notre Dame                    1:38.88    1:37.37         50  
     1) Quast, Carly SR               2) r:0.25 Gillilan, Coleen SO   
     3) r:0.24 Grunhard, Cailey SR    4) r:0.13 Wittmer, Rachel SR    
    r:+0.59  24.33            52.04 (27.71)
        1:15.31 (23.27)     1:37.37 (22.06)
  6 Duke                          1:39.13    1:37.79         48  
     1) Shuppert, Emma SO             2) r:0.12 Foley, Sarah FR       
     3) r:0.18 Peroni, Rachel JR      4) r:0.27 Hollander, Shayna JR  
    r:+0.58  24.60            52.15 (27.55)
        1:15.50 (23.35)     1:37.79 (22.29)
  7 North Carolina                1:37.69    1:37.91         46  
     1) Countie, Grace JR             2) r:0.47 Reiter, Allyson SR    
     3) r:0.38 Vannote, Elizabeth SO  4) r:0.10 Romney, Brieanna FR   
    r:+0.65  23.90            51.56 (27.66)
        1:15.44 (23.88)     1:37.91 (22.47)
  8 Virginia Tech                 1:38.90    1:38.08         44  
     1) Atkinson, Emma FR             2) r:0.33 Landon, Anna JR       
     3) r:0.25 Vereb, Joelle SR       4) r:0.25 Shackelford, Sarah SO 
    r:+0.66  24.78            52.87 (28.09)
        1:16.07 (23.20)     1:38.08 (22.01)
  9 Pittsburgh                    1:41.71    1:40.30         40  
     1) Graham, Kayla SO              2) r:0.12 Fuhrmann, Kate SO     
     3) r:0.24 Yendell, Sophie FR     4) r:0.00 Wilson, Emma SO       
    r:+0.81  25.64            53.73 (28.09)
        1:17.52 (23.79)     1:40.30 (22.78)
 10 Georgia Tech                  1:42.62    1:40.37         34  
     1) Paschal, Allie SR             2) r:0.25 Williams, Nicole JR   
     3) r:0.04 Merk, Lindsey FR       4) r:0.09 Macgregor, Catriona JR
    r:+0.56  25.51            53.51 (28.00)
        1:17.83 (24.32)     1:40.37 (22.54)
 11 Miami                         1:41.80    1:41.12         32  
     1) Skellett, Alaina SR           2) r:0.29 Sundstrand, Emma FR   
     3) r:0.17 Traba, Isabel SO       4) r:0.10 San Nicolas Marrmen SR
    r:+0.62  25.98            53.45 (27.47)
        1:18.09 (24.64)     1:41.12 (23.03)
 12 Boston College                1:41.47    1:42.53         30  
     1) Grimes, Maura SR              2) r:0.15 Milia, Anna JR        
     3) r:0.04 Drumm, Katie FR        4) r:0.17 Dolan, Haley JR       
    r:+0.58  25.25            55.50 (30.25)
        1:20.07 (24.57)     1:42.53 (22.46)