2016 Women’s ACC Championships: Day 4 Ups/Mids/Downs

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.


Coming into day 4, Virginia held a 90.5 point lead over NC State, 897.5 to 807. Sitting in 3rd was UNC with 733 points. They have a narrow lead over Louisville’s 707 points.

Virginia is in position to claim another ACC title, setting themselves up with 8 championship finalists on the final night, the most ups of any team overall. NC State got 5 ups, 3 mids, and 4 downs this morning. That likely won’t be enough to catch Virginia, but they still have a strong chance at holding 2nd over their in-state rivals.

The team race for 3rd could be a close one tonight. Louisville and UNC are tied at 6 for the 2nd highest number of ups. Overall, the Tarheels have 14 scoring swims to Louisville’s 12. To catch UNC, the Cardinals will have to make the most of each of their swims, while the Tarheels work to secure their 3rd place standing.

These totals don’t include the mile, which will be swum as timed finals, or the platform diving, which hasn’t been completed yet.

Ups Mids Downs
Virginia 8 2 1
UNC 6 5 3
Louisville 6 3 4
NC State 5 3 4
Virginia Tech 4 3 4
Duke 1 4 4
Notre Dame 1 3 3
Pitt 1 1 0
Georgia Tech 0 4 2
Florida State 0 2 3

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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