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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Courtney Bartholomew of UVA did not disappoint in the 200 backstroke – she posted the top time in the event while also smashing records. Bartholomew’s time of 1:50.99 broke the ACC meet record of 1:52.22 (set by Mei Christensen of UVA in 2009) and the Georgia Tech pool record of 1:51.58 (by Mary Descenza in 2008).
NC State’s Alexia Zevnik also had a monster swim, dropping from the sixth seed to second place with a time of 1:52.78. Bartholomew will not be the lone UVA swimmer in this event, either, with teammates Jen Marrkand (1:54.80) and Emily Dicus (1:55.09) falling in third and fourth place respectively. Klaudia Naviemblo touched fifth in 1:55.28, followed by a trio of UNC swimmers to round out the top eight: Megan Bestor (1:55.64), Emily Slabe (1:55.87), and Hellen Moffitt (1:56.04).
Kelsi Worrell of Louisville was back in action in the 100 freestyle, coming off her historic swim in the 100 butterfly last night. She had her eye set on more records, taking down the ACC meet and ACC conference records (both belonging to Lauren Perdue) with a time of 47.86.
Worrell’s was the only 47 of the morning, but three other swimmers were able to post 48’s. Kaitlyn Dressel of Florida State will be second going into tonight’s final, finishing in a time of 48.78. Allyn Hardesty of UNC will be third (48.85) and Riki Bonnema, the winner of the 50 freestyle on Thursday, is seated fourth (48.86).
The final four places in the A final belong to UNC and UVA swimmers. Tied are Lauren Earp of UNC and teammate Danielle Silverling of UNC (49.19), followed by Ellen Thomas of UVA (49.20) and Caroline Baldwin (49.30).
The top four finishers were all within a second of each other this morning in the 200 breaststroke. Leading the pack into finals tonight is the American record holder from Notre Dame, Emma Reaney. Reaney’s time of 2:09.17 puts her just ahead of the second place finisher, Andrea Cottrell of Louisville (2:09.29). Also posting 2:09’s were Laura Simon of UVA (2:09.66) and Weronika Paluszek of VT (2:09.91). The Georgia Tech pool record is Caitlin Leverenz‘s 2:08.22, so it is very likely that one or all of these women could break that barrier tonight in finals.
Also making the top eight were Mackenzie Stewart of VT (2:11.67), Kinga Cichowska of Pittsburgh (2:11.93), Kayla Brumbaum of NC State (2:12.13), and Catherine Munch of UNC (2:12.34).
Tanja Kylliainen will be the top seed heading into finals tonight. The Louisville senior finished in a time of 1:55.54, just ahead of Klaudia Nazieblo of VT (1:55.78). Tied for third place are Florida State’s Chelsea Britt and UVA’s Ellen Williamson with a 1:56.48.
In fifth was Emma Nunn of UNC (1:56.62), followed by Kaitlyn Jones of UVA (1:56.74), Courtney Whyte of Notre Dame (1:56.97), and Jen Marrkand of UVA (1:57.43).