2015 ACC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dates: Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Saturday, Feb. 21; Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
Defending Champion: Virginia (7x) (results)
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Team Scores after Two Days
- Virginia – 486
- North Carolina – 458
- NC State – 383
- Louisville – 369
- Virginia Tech – 342
- Miami – 267
- Notre Dame – 251
- Florida State – 232
- Pitt – 218
- Duke – 207
- Georgia Tech – 99
- Boston College – 60
- Clemson (divers only) – 4
This is a real-time recap of the Day 3 Finals Session – keep refreshing this page for event-by-event updates of all the action!
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UNC’s Annie Harrison started off the session in a big way during the C final, swimming a 4:16.44. This was well over four seconds faster than her prelims time and would have put her into the A final of this event had she swum the time in the morning. Fellow Tarheel Hannah Runyon-Hass was the winner of the B final in a time of 4:15.21, giving UNC the first two heat wins of the evening.
However, it was Tanja Kylliainen of Louisville who stole the show with a new conference and meet record time of 4:04.21, five seconds faster than her impressive prelims swim. Kylliainen’s time is also an NCAA A cut. UVA’s Kaitlyn Jones took second in the event with a time of 4:06.62, followed by Virginia Tech’s Fiona Donnelly in 4:08.30.
Notre Dame followed UNC’s lead from the 400 IM and claimed wins in both the C and B finals. In the C final, Courtney Whyte lowered her morning swim time by .74, touching in 53.49. Her teammate, Cat Galletti, dropped over a tenth to claim the B final in 53.24.
In the A final, Kelsi Worrell of Louisville took the gold for the event, edging some time off her AM swim to finish in 50.17. Worrell’s time is the fourth fastest 100 butterfly in history and a new Louisville, ACC meet, and conference record. She was just off of the pool record, Rachel Komisarz’s 50.10 set in 2008, but Worrell did achieve the NCAA A standard by a well over a second. Chelsea Britt of Florida State was second in the event with a time of 51.79 (just missing the NCAA A cut of 51.70), and Leah Goldman, a Duke freshman, took third in 52.28.
With another event at tonight’s finals comes another achieved NCAA A standard. Leah Smith of Virginia took the top spot in the 200 freestyle with a 1:43.88, just .02 under the A cut and not far off the ACC meet record set by Lauren Perdue in 2011 (1:43.73).
Danielle Silverling, a UNC senior, was second in 1:44.65. Silverling was trailed by another senior, Kaitlyn Dressel of Florida State, took the third spot in 1:45.13.
Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney defended her first place finish from last year with an impressive 58.72, slightly faster than her AM swim. Virginia’s Laura Simon took second, touching in 58.97. Both girls achieved the NCAA A standard and will be representing their respective schools in North Carolina later next month. However, both were also slightly off their times from the 2014 ACC Championships, so it will be interesting to see how they swim after resting for NCAA’s.
Andrea Cottrell, a sophomore from Louisville, also sneaked under the one minute barrier. She finished in 59.27, .22 seconds faster than her morning swim.
In the B final, UNC picked up a 1-2 punch with sophomore Sarah Hitchens taking first in 53.72 followed by her teammate, freshman Caroline Baldwin, in 53.76.
In the A final, Courtney Bartholomew achieved an NCAA cut in the 100 backstroke, touching first in 51.36 to claim the win for Virginia. North Carolina State sophomore Alexia Zevnik was second in 52.18. Touching third was Klaudia Nazieblo, a sophomore from Virginia Tech, in 52.53.
Men’s 3m Diving
The men’s swimming ACC Championships may not be until next week, but the ACC men’s diving teams are already in action. In the men’s 3 meter event, Briadam Herrera of Miami took first with 400.20 points. In second was Logan Stevens of Virginia Tech with 384.75, and in third was JB Kolod of UVA with 383.95. These finishes will give their respective teams a point boost going into next weekend’s meet.
400 Medley Relay
The UVA A relay of Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson, and Kaitlyn Jones claimed the win with a time of 3:28.79, a new ACC meet record and an NCAA A cut. UVA just missed the ACC conference record – their own time of 3:27.94 from last February.
Also punching their relay’s ticket to NCAA’s was the Louisville A relay of Tanja Kylliainen, Andrea Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell, and Abbie Houck in 3:31.58. Virginia Tech was third in 3:34.75, followed by Notre Dame in 3:35.00.
Tune back tomorrow at 10 AM eastern for the Day 4 prelims session live recap.