Virginia Women Sweep Relays & Set American Record to Open ACC Women’s Swimming Championships

2021 ACC Women’s Swimming Championships Day One Relays

Conference season is here! The Atlantic Coast Conference women’s swimming championships kicked off from Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday night with the timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The Virginia Cavaliers won both relays with an American record to start the night in the 200 medley. NC State finished in second in both relays, but due to the 3m diving happening, Duke and Notre Dame are tied for second place in the team standings.

Results

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 3                      
 
  1. University of Virginia            165
  2. Duke University                   144
  2. Notre Dame, University of         144  
  4. North Carolina State Universit    142
  5. VA Tech                           137   
  6. Georgia Institute of Technolog    124
  6. Louisville, University of         124   
  6. University of Miami (Fl)          124
  9. University of North Carolina      112  
 10. Florida State University           96
 11. Pittsburgh, University of          90  
 12. Boston College                     60

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.

Due to social distancing protocols, the relays were swum in three heats of four teams with a lane separating each of them.

 Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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    School                                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Virginia                            1:34.35    1:32.93  
     1) Gmelich, Caroline SR          2) Wenger, Alexis JR            
     3) Cuomo, Alexa SO               4) Douglass, Katherine SO       
  2 NC State                            1:34.86    1:33.52  
     1) Berkoff, Katharine SO         2) Hansson, Sophie JR           
     3) Rowe, Sirena SR               4) Alons, Kylee JR              
  3 Louisville                          1:37.50    1:36.15  
     1) Schoof, Ashlyn SR             2) Wheeler, Kaylee JR           
     3) Regenauer, Christiana SO      4) Albiero, Gabriela FR         
  4 Florida St                          1:38.90    1:36.97  
     1) Quaglieri, Tania SO           2) Womer, Hannah JR             
     3) Olsen, Elise SR               4) Moynihan, Rebecca SR         
  5 Notre Dame                          1:38.88    1:37.37  
     1) Quast, Carly SR               2) Gillilan, Coleen SO          
     3) Grunhard, Cailey SR           4) Wittmer, Rachel SR           
  6 Duke                                1:39.13    1:37.79  
     1) Shuppert, Emma SO             2) Foley, Sarah FR              
     3) Peroni, Rachel JR             4) Hollander, Shayna JR         
  7 North Carolina                      1:37.69    1:37.91  
     1) Countie, Grace JR             2) Reiter, Allyson SR           
     3) Vannote, Elizabeth SO         4) Romney, Brieanna FR          
  8 Virginia Tech                       1:38.90    1:38.08  
     1) Atkinson, Emma FR             2) Landon, Anna JR              
     3) Vereb, Joelle SR              4) Shackelford, Sarah SO        
  9 Pittsburgh                          1:41.71    1:40.30  
     1) Graham, Kayla SO              2) Fuhrmann, Kate SO            
     3) Yendell, Sophie FR            4) Wilson, Emma SO              
 10 Georgia Tech                        1:42.62    1:40.37  
     1) Paschal, Allie SR             2) Williams, Nicole JR          
     3) Merk, Lindsey FR              4) Macgregor, Catriona JR       
 11 Miami                               1:41.80    1:41.12  
     1) Skellett, Alaina SR           2) Sundstrand, Emma FR          
     3) Traba, Isabel SO              4) San Nicolas Martinez, Carmen 
 12 Boston College                      1:41.47    1:42.53  
     1) Grimes, Maura SR              2) Milia, Anna JR               
     3) Drumm, Katie FR               4) Dolan, Haley JR

800 Free Relay

  • Conference record: 6:53.75, Louisville
  • Meet record: 6:55.22, Virginia
  • Nation’s top time: 7:01.55, NC State

Virginia swept the two relays on Wednesday night in Greensboro with a 6:54.31 in winning the 800 free relay for the fastest time in the nation this season with four weeks to go until NCAAs in this same pool in North Carolina. The team of Kyla Valls (1:44.67), Alex Walsh (1:43.19), Paige Madden (1:42.96) and Ella Nelson (1:43.49) won going away ahead of NC State (6:58.48) and Virginia Tech (7:03.50). The Wolfpack were second with Julia Poole (1:44.82), Kylee Alons (1:44.25), Katharine Berkoff (1:43.72) and Kate Moore (1:45.69).

Along with SECs this weekend, Virginia and NC State swam the two fastest times in the country this season. Virginia Tech finished in third overall at 7:03.50 with Louisville fourth at 7:07.22.

The fastest four splits outside the top two came from Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy (1:44.27), Sarah Shackelford (1:45.42) and Emma Atkinson (1:45.65) and Georgia Tech’s Brooke Switzer (1:45.62).

Due to social distancing protocols, the relays were swum in three heats of four teams with a lane separating each of them.

 Event 3  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Virginia                      7:00.55    6:54.31@A       64  
     1) Valls, Kyla SR                2) r:0.20 Walsh, Alexandra FR   
     3) r:0.32 Madden, Paige SR       4) r:0.22 Nelson, Margaret SO   
    r:+0.67  24.19        50.50 (50.50)
      1:17.61 (1:17.61)   1:44.67 (1:44.67)
        2:07.73 (23.06)     2:33.71 (49.04)
      3:00.61 (1:15.94)   3:27.86 (1:43.19)
        3:51.27 (23.41)     4:17.27 (49.41)
      4:43.85 (1:15.99)   5:10.82 (1:42.96)
        5:34.72 (23.90)     6:00.84 (50.02)
      6:27.46 (1:16.64)   6:54.31 (1:43.49)
  2 NC State                      7:01.55    6:58.48 A       56  
     1) Poole, Julia SR               2) r:0.20 Alons, Kylee JR       
     3) r:0.29 Berkoff, Katharine SO  4) r:0.37 Moore, Kathleen SR    
    r:+0.64  24.28        50.37 (50.37)
      1:17.26 (1:17.26)   1:44.82 (1:44.82)
        2:07.80 (22.98)     2:34.03 (49.21)
      3:01.28 (1:16.46)   3:29.07 (1:44.25)
        3:52.68 (23.61)     4:19.00 (49.93)
      4:45.56 (1:16.49)   5:12.79 (1:43.72)
        5:37.38 (24.59)     6:04.41 (51.62)
      6:31.73 (1:18.94)   6:58.48 (1:45.69)
  3 Virginia Tech                 7:10.42    7:03.50 B       54  
     1) Atkinson, Emma FR             2) r:0.35 Shackelford, Sarah SO 
     3) r:0.28 Vos, Loulou JR         4) r:0.11 Gyorgy, Reka SR       
    r:+0.71  25.52        52.21 (52.21)
      1:18.86 (1:18.86)   1:45.65 (1:45.65)
        2:10.32 (24.67)     2:37.22 (51.57)
      3:04.29 (1:18.64)   3:31.07 (1:45.42)
        3:55.42 (24.35)     4:22.29 (51.22)
      4:50.58 (1:19.51)   5:19.23 (1:48.16)
        5:43.06 (23.83)     6:09.10 (49.87)
      6:35.78 (1:16.55)   7:03.50 (1:44.27)
  4 Louisville                    7:12.60    7:07.22         52  
     1) Kraus, Alena JR               2) r:0.45 Ulett, Tristen FR     
     3) r:0.36 Hetrick, Paige FR      4) r:0.33 Dunn, Diana JR        
    r:+0.72  24.31        51.17 (51.17)
      1:18.64 (1:18.64)   1:46.03 (1:46.03)
        2:10.37 (24.34)     2:37.39 (51.36)
      3:05.42 (1:19.39)   3:33.40 (1:47.37)
        3:57.45 (24.05)     4:24.49 (51.09)
      4:52.40 (1:19.00)   5:20.81 (1:47.41)
        5:45.35 (24.54)     6:11.99 (51.18)
      6:39.41 (1:18.60)   7:07.22 (1:46.41)
  5 Duke                          7:15.13    7:10.46         50  
     1) Scannell, Quinn SR            2) r:0.13 Foley, Sarah FR       
     3) r:0.16 Tighe, Olivia SO       4) r:0.25 Perri, Carly SR       
    r:+0.71  25.73        52.71 (52.71)
      1:19.63 (1:19.63)   1:46.78 (1:46.78)
        2:10.88 (24.10)     2:38.44 (51.66)
      3:06.48 (1:19.70)   3:34.13 (1:47.35)
        3:59.03 (24.90)     4:26.33 (52.20)
      4:54.30 (1:20.17)   5:22.20 (1:48.07)
        5:47.14 (24.94)     6:14.97 (52.77)
      6:42.61 (1:20.41)   7:10.46 (1:48.26)
  6 Georgia Tech                  7:19.03    7:12.81         48  
     1) Switzer, Brooke SO            2) r:0.28 Johnson, Morgan JR    
     3) r:0.31 Davis, Kyrsten SO      4) r:0.34 Sakellaris, Arianna FR
    r:+0.75  24.92        51.84 (51.84)
      1:18.93 (1:18.93)   1:45.62 (1:45.62)
        2:10.32 (24.70)     2:37.75 (52.13)
      3:06.31 (1:20.69)   3:34.70 (1:49.08)
        3:59.80 (25.10)     4:27.41 (52.71)
      4:55.59 (1:20.89)   5:24.11 (1:49.41)
        5:48.48 (24.37)     6:16.02 (51.91)
      6:44.78 (1:20.67)   7:12.81 (1:48.70)
  7 Miami                         7:18.24    7:12.90         46  
     1) Barr, Savannah FR             2) r:0.23 Cera, Adrianna FR     
     3) r:0.31 San Nicolas Marrmen SR 4) r:0.32 Knapp, Sydney SR      
    r:+0.81  25.15        52.32 (52.32)
      1:19.59 (1:19.59)   1:46.76 (1:46.76)
        2:11.12 (24.36)     2:37.99 (51.23)
      3:06.14 (1:19.38)   3:34.71 (1:47.95)
        3:51.16 (16.45)     4:27.71 (53.00)
      4:55.82 (1:21.11)   5:23.42 (1:48.71)
        5:48.83 (25.41)     6:16.89 (53.47)
      6:45.15 (1:21.73)   7:12.90 (1:49.48)
  8 Florida St                    7:17.08    7:13.57         44  
     1) Griffiths, Phoebe FR          2) r:0.28 Quaglieri, Tania SO   
     3) r:0.27 Womer, Hannah JR       4) r:0.23 Alnek, Kertu JR       
    r:+0.76  25.09        52.05 (52.05)
      1:19.28 (1:19.28)   1:46.54 (1:46.54)
        2:10.44 (23.90)     2:37.80 (51.26)
      3:06.65 (1:20.11)   3:34.86 (1:48.32)
        3:59.71 (24.85)     4:27.47 (52.61)
      4:56.11 (1:21.25)   5:25.64 (1:50.78)
        5:49.70 (24.06)     6:16.55 (50.91)
      6:44.61 (1:18.97)   7:13.57 (1:47.93)
  9 Notre Dame                    7:16.99    7:14.43         40  
     1) Whiting, Sydney FR            2) r:0.23 Fore, Skylar SR       
     3) r:0.33 Thomas, Luciana JR     4) r:0.40 Laporte, Madeline JR  
    r:+0.76  25.67        53.33 (53.33)
      1:21.49 (1:21.49)   1:49.59 (1:49.59)
        2:13.82 (24.23)     2:41.03 (51.44)
      3:09.26 (1:19.67)   3:37.91 (1:48.32)
        4:03.13 (25.22)     4:30.48 (52.57)
      4:58.07 (1:20.16)   5:25.33 (1:47.42)
        5:50.88 (25.55)     6:18.48 (53.15)
      6:46.62 (1:21.29)   7:14.43 (1:49.10)
 10 North Carolina                7:13.20    7:14.77         34  
     1) Dragelin, Amy SO              2) r:0.41 Smith, Addison SO     
     3) r:0.26 Vannote, Elizabeth SO  4) r:0.37 Isley, Courtney FR    
    r:+0.80  25.68        52.55 (52.55)
      1:19.83 (1:19.83)   1:47.37 (1:47.37)
        2:12.16 (24.79)     2:39.77 (52.40)
      3:07.54 (1:20.17)   3:35.61 (1:48.24)
        4:01.48 (25.87)     4:29.62 (54.01)
      4:57.00 (1:21.39)   5:24.38 (1:48.77)
        5:49.38 (25.00)     6:17.00 (52.62)
      6:45.98 (1:21.60)   7:14.77 (1:50.39)
 11 Pittsburgh                    7:22.32    7:18.92         32  
     1) Grottle, Abigail FR           2) r:0.00 Nalls, Madison JR     
     3) r:0.27 Menahem, Shahar SR     4) r:0.47 Anderson, Daisy SO    
    r:+0.74  25.67        53.47 (53.47)
      1:21.85 (1:21.85)   1:50.55 (1:50.55)
        2:15.48 (24.93)     2:43.30 (52.75)
      3:11.45 (1:20.90)   3:39.63 (1:49.08)
        4:04.63 (25.00)     4:31.98 (52.35)
      5:00.23 (1:20.60)   5:28.69 (1:49.06)
        5:53.47 (24.78)     6:21.26 (52.57)
      6:49.82 (1:21.13)   7:18.92 (1:50.23)
 12 Boston College                7:26.53    7:33.91         30  
     1) Kea, Alison SR                2) r:0.21 Zinis, Sofia SO       
     3) r:0.20 Miller, Sophia SO      4) r:0.18 Barkemeyer, Nicole SO 
    r:+0.70  25.39        53.34 (53.34)
      1:22.53 (1:22.53)   1:51.39 (1:51.39)
        2:16.12 (24.73)     2:45.22 (53.83)
      3:15.56 (1:24.17)   3:46.29 (1:54.90)
        4:12.26 (25.97)     4:41.04 (54.75)
      5:10.81 (1:24.52)   5:40.60 (1:54.31)
        6:06.04 (25.44)     6:34.34 (53.74)
      7:03.62 (1:23.02)   7:33.91 (1:53.31)

3m Diving

 Event 2  Women 3 mtr Diving
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         Meet: @ 439.70  2/19/2010 Abby Johnston, Duke
          ACC: ! 439.70  2/17/2010 Abby Johnson, Duke
         NCAA: $ 437.75  3/20/2009 Christina Loukas, Indiana
  Pool Record: & 410.25  3/20/2015 Yu Zhou, UMIN
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Vazquez, Aranza  FR North Carolina     338.50     376.30         32  
  2 Vallee, Mia      SO Miami              372.40     363.20         28  
  3 Hidalgo, Cami    SR Georgia Tech       355.75     347.90         27  
  4 Wiese, Annie     JR Notre Dame         324.75     320.60         26  
  5 Straub, Kelly    SR Notre Dame         289.20     310.40         25  
  6 Porter, Jocelyn  SR Virginia           289.20     303.15         24  
  7 Synnott, Helene  SO NC State           295.60     294.70         23  
  8 Moravek, Teagan  JR Virginia Tech      292.15     284.45         22

1 comment

  1. avatar
    Leander

    With the empty lanes in relays because of COVID, there are going to be some extremely fast leadoff and relay times.