Virginia Women Win 9th-Consecutive ACC Championships

Photo Courtesy: David Rieder

By Chandler Brandes, ACC Beat Writer

Virginia won their ninth-consecutive ACC title at the 2016 Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, a new conference record. The Cavaliers finished with 1332.5 points.

Virginia junior Leah Smith highlighted the final night of competition, setting a new NCAA record in the 1000 en route to breaking the NCAA record in the 1650. She also won the 500 free earlier in the meet.

Courtney Bartholomew was a triple event winner, winning the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM. The Cavalier senior has won nine individual ACC golds and has gone eight-for-eight in both backstroke events during her career.

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell, another triple event winner, also had an outstanding meet. Along with winning the 50 and 100 frees, the senior posted the fourth-fastest 100 fly ever. Worrell was named the ACC Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet for her efforts.

Miami’s Wally Layland was named the ACC Most Valuable Female Diver of the Meet. The sophomore placed second on both the platform and 1m and seventh on the 3m.

Georgia Tech’s Brad Homza was awarded the ACC Most Valuable Male Diver of the Meet. The junior won the platform, placed fourth on the 1m, and took sixth on the 3m.

Click here for a full recap of Saturday night’s finals.

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Final Team Standings:

1. Virginia-1332.5
2. NC State-1178
3. North Carolina-1080
4. Louisville-1059.5
5. Virginia Tech-705
6. Duke-642.5
7. Notre Dame-537.5
8. Miami-502.5
9. Florida State-444.5
10. Pitt-425
11. Georgia Tech-356
12. Boston College-152
13. Clemson (diving)-86

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a sophomore at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in public communication and double minoring in coaching and sports management. She swims distance free and IM for their Division 1 program.

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