2015 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships: DAY 3 Finals LIVE RECAP

by Christen McDonough 6

February 20th, 2015 ACC, College, News

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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400 IM

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.

100 Butterfly

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.

200 Freestyle 

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.

100 Breaststroke

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.

100 Backstroke

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.

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bobo gigi
9 years ago

Great swim for Miss Worrell. Closer and closer to the legendary 50-second barrier. And as Liquidassetts said, Natalie’s American and NCAA record is still alive.
Courtney Bartholomew is clearly not very rested for that meet so we can expect a very big swim at NCAA’s.
Will both Natalie’s legendary 100 back and 100 fly records be broken next month? It will be tough with all the energy put in the relays but both girls can really do it.

9 years ago

Worrell… SMASH

9 years ago

Kelsi Worrell splits a blistering fast 49.89 fly split in the medley. Incredible swim!

bobo gigi
Reply to  swimmermama
9 years ago

When you swim 50.17 in individual, that’s not amazing to swim a 49.89 relay split. 50.17 in individual means around 49.60 in relay split.

9 years ago

So Natalie Coughlin’s 50.01 survived to live another day! So close for Worrell at 50.17; she’ll get another shot at it in a few weeks.

bad parent
9 years ago

Worrell 50.17