2015 ACC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Dates: Wednesday, February 18th – Saturday, February 21st, 2015, Prelims 10am/Finals
- 6pm (Saturday 5pm)
- Location: Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta GA (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champions: Virginia(Women – 7th straight),
- Live Results
- Live Video (Finals only)
- Championship Central
UVA’s Leah Smith claimed the 1650 freestyle in a big way, achieving an NCAA A cut in the event and a new Georgia Tech pool record in a time of 15:52.00. The previous record belonged to Ashley Twitchell of Duke, set in 2011. Behind Smith was her teammate Hanne Borgersen in 16:10.84, giving the Cavaliers a 1-2 punch for their team’s score. Pittsburgh’s Kaleigh Ritter was third in 16:14.31. UVA swimmers also captured 5th (Alison Haulsee – 16:24.19) and 8th (Kelly Offutt – 16:31.00), making the UVA team dominant in this event.
In the 200 backstroke, Virginia’s Courtney Bartholomew did it again. Building on her ACC meet and Georgia Tech pool records that she set this morning, Bartholomew’s time of 1:49.87 achieved the NCAA A cut, improved her own ACC meet and Georgia Tech pool records, and bested her ACC conference record that she set in early December.
In second was Alexia Zevnik of NC State, just off her AM time with a 1:52.98. Folllowing Zevnik was Hellen Moffitt of UNC who dropped over two seconds from her prelim to swim a 1:53.88 and lock up third place. UVA also claimed 4th place (Emily Dicus – 1:54.82) and 6th place (Jen Marrkand – 1:55.59), while UNC picked up points in 7th place (Megan Bestor – 1:56.10) and 8th place (Emily Slabe – 1:57.47). Besides Zevnik, the only other swimmer in the top 8 not from UNC or UVA was Klaudia Nazieblo of Virginia Tech, and she took 5th in 1:54.84.
UVA had pulled ahead in the team scores after the 1650 freestyle and 200 backstroke events, but UNC’s depth in the 100 freestyle allowed them to pull back to just 15 points behind the Cavaliers.
Kelsi Worrell of Louisville continued her streak of breaking records and winning events in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 47.71 claimed the NCAA A cut and the ACC meet/ACC conference records that she set this morning. She was the only swimmer in this event under 48 seconds.
Kaitlyn Dressel of Florida State was second in 48.30, followed by NC State’s Riki Bonnema in 48.73. UNC claimed 4th place (Allyn Hardesty – 48.77), 6th place (Caroline Baldwin – 49.01), 7th place (Danielle Silverling – 49.07), and 8th place (Lauren Earp – 49.46), giving them a huge boost in points. UVA’s Ellen Thomas claimed 5th place in 48.92.
In the much anticipated race between Reaney, Simon, Cottrell, and Paluszek, all of whom were within a second of each other going into finals, it was UVA’s Laura Simon who finished first in a time of 2:07.48. Simon’s time is a new Georgia Tech pool record, besting Caitlin Leverenz‘s 2:08.22 from 2011. Simon also defeated Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney, who won the event last year and who still owns the ACC meet record, ACC conference record, American record, and U.S. Open record. Reaney, however, finished second in the event, in a time of 2:07.69, just behind Simon. Reaney was also under the previous pool record time.
Louisville’s Andrea Cottrell was third, coming in at 2:08.48, followed by Weronika Paluszek of Virginia Tech in 2:08.57. Rounding out the A final were Mackenzie Stewart of Virginia Tech (2:10.69), Kinga Cichowska of Pittsburgh (2:11.46), Catherine Munch of UNC (2:12.07), and Kayla Brumbaum of NC State (2:12.38).
Louisville got another win in the 200 fly by Tanja Kylliainen, who touched the wall in 1:53.19 to achieve the NCAA A standard, the ACC meet record, and the ACC conference record. The meet record had previously belonged to Megan Evo (Virginia, 2009), while the conference record was set by Chelsea Britt of FSU in December. Britt claimed second this evening in 1:54.09, a bit off the record time she had posted a few months ago.
Virginia Tech’s Klaudia Nazieblo and Emma Nunn of UNC were in a close race to the finish. In the end, Nazieblo touched in third place with a time of 1:55.16. She is coming off a 5th place finish in the 200 backstroke earlier this evening. Nunn finished in 1:55.68, dropping about a second from her prelims swim. In the rest of the heat, UVA picked up the 5th (Kaitlyn Jones), 6th (Jen Marrkand), and 8th (Ellen Williamson) places, while Notre Dame’s Courtney Whyte claimed 7th.
Women’s Platform Diving
In an extremely close, nail-biter of a finish, Virginia Tech senior Kalyea Arnett placed first in the women’s platform event with a score of 295.30. In second place was FSU senior Katrina Young, whose score came out to be 295.10. Taking third is Emma Villarreal of Virginia Tech with 279.95 points. Arnett’s win, Villarreal’s third place score, and Kelli Stockton‘s 5th place score give Virginia Tech a combined 84 points to help the team stay squarely in third place as the ACC Championships near the close.
Men’s Platform Diving
In the men’s platform event, Dominic Giordano of Pittsburgh posted the top score of 413.85, followed by JB Kolod of UVA (405.25) and Thomas Schinholser of Virginia Tech (370.00). These scores will carry over to the team scores next week during the 2015 men’s ACC Championships.
400 Freestyle Relay
In the final event of the 2015 women’s ACC Championships, NC State’s sprint freestyle domination was clear. Alexia Zevnik, Riki Bonnema, Lotta Nevalainen, and Natalie Labonge took first in a time of 3:14.57, just off UNC’s ACC meet and conference records from 2014. They did, however, overtake the Georgia Tech pool record, set by Cal back in 2008.
UVA took second in the 400 freestyle relay. Kaitlyn Jones, Ellen Thomas, Caitlin Cooper, and Courtney Bartholomew finished in 3:15.25, followed by the University of Louisville’s Andrea Kneppers, Kelsi Worrell, Ashley Leclair, and Tanja Kylliainen in 3:15.90.
Final Team Scores
1. UVA 1308.0
2. UNC 1255.0
3. VT 1018.0
4. LOU 918.0
5. NCSU 874.0
6. ND 644.0
7. FSU 577.0
8. PITT 501.0
9. MIA 490.0
10. DUKE 478.0
11. GT 203.0
12. BC 125.0
13. CLEM 36.0
The University of Virginia came back from a deficit to UNC on Day 3 to win the meet for the eighth straight year. A major turning point of today’s session was their 1-2-5-8 finish in the 1650 freestyle. Their success in the mile was followed by wins in the 200 backstroke (Bartholomew) and 200 breaststroke (Simon). In the end, UVA was able to come back to the top because they qualified for the top finals in the morning, had a crew of top distance swimmers, and fought hard to move up in finals. For more information on the top swims and other major themes of the Day 4 finals, check back soon for SwimSwam’s analysis of this session.