2017 ACC Women’s Championships, Day 2 Finals Live Recap

by Eli Noblitt 27

February 14th, 2017 AAC, College, News, Previews & Recaps

2017 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Day Two of the 2017 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships takes place tonight in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The women’s swimmers will compete in the 500 free, 200 yard IM, 50 free, and 200 yard free relay. In between the 50 free and 200 free relay, the women’s 1 meter diving final will be held.

The biggest swimming name in the meet is Olympic gold medalist and NCAA Champion Leah Smith. Smith is completing her senior season as a Wahoo, and already has 4 NCAA individual titles to her name. She has already picked up her first ACC Championship of the meet in the 800 free relay, which she led off last night. Smith is currently seeded first in the 500 free after prelims, with an automatic qualifying time of 4:31.60.

Another big name to keep an eye on is Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, who had the fastest split in the 800 free relay by far. She split a blistering 1:41.12, which was more than 1.5 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Comerford is currently seeded 4th in the 500 free with a 4:41.02.

The 50 free will be the race to watch, with four swimmers dipping under 22 seconds in prelims. Those swimmers belong to instate rivals: the University of North Carolina and NC State. UNC will be relying on veterans Caroline Baldwin (21.78) and Sarah Hitchens (21.99) to hold off NC State’s talented underclassmen, Freshman Ky-lee Perry (21.80) and Sophomore Courtney Caldwell (21.99).

Women’s 500 Free

  1. Leah Smith, UVA (4:30.81)
  2. Mallory Comerford, Louisville (4:37.47)
  3. Hannah Moore, NC State (4:38.07)

Women’s 200 IM

  1. Alexia Zevnik, NC State (1:54.44)
  2. Kaitlyn Jones, UVA (1:54.93)
  3. Jennifer Marrkand, UVA (1:56.69)

Women’s 50 Free

  1. Ky-lee Perry, NC State (21.88)
  2. Caroline Baldwin, UNC (21.93)
  3. Courtney Caldwell, NC State (22.00)

Women’s 1-Meter Diving

  1. Ayla Bonniwell, FSU (320.85)
  2. Wally Layland, Miami (308.50)
  3. Molly Carlson, FSU (307.65)

Women’s 200 Free Relay

  1. NCSU (1:27.31)
  2. UNC (1:27.36)
  3. UVA (1:28.27)

Day Two Standings:

   Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 8                      
  1. North Carolina State University  452.5   2. Virginia, University of         385.5
  3. North Carolina, University of,    384    4. Louisville, University of         383
  5. Duke University                   315    6. Florida State University          297
  7. VA Tech                           266    8. University of Miami (Florida)     228
  9. Notre Dame, University of         218   10. Pittsburgh, University of         195
 11. Georgia Institute of Technology    141  12. Boston College                     92
 13. Clemson University Diving Team     73

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Javier Rodriguez
7 years ago

NC State looks like they have more fun. Swimmers, coaches and the fans.

tea rex
7 years ago

I love how the IM is always more than the sum of its parts:
Kaitlyn Jones’ best stroke is fly. Alexia Zevnik’s best stroke is back. Their splits were both within 0.1 on those strokes.
Yesterday, Jones was 1:42.9 on the 4×200, Zevnik was 1:44.4. But today, Jones split 27.8 on free, and Zevnik split 26.5 on free!

Reply to  tea rex
7 years ago

Jones not tapered since has A cuts?

Reply to  Question
7 years ago

Good for Jones. Zevnik swam lifetime bests at NCAA last year, maybe she isn’t tapered for this ACC as well??

Reply to  Question
7 years ago

She split a killer 1:42 on the relay

7 years ago

Pack on the hunt!

7 years ago

Great commentary by Brendan Hansen and company! Things are looking pretty good for NC State, can’t wait to see how things progress!

7 years ago

Any way to convey to whoever runs the cameras at the meet that they should show the whole pool for the whole race? How can they not understand that zooming in on one person and changing the angle constantly is very frustrating to swimming fans? Just show everyone the whole time!

Caeleb dressel\'s braces
7 years ago

Whoa! Sweet shoes Mallory! Lol

7 years ago

Somewhere in the sea of posts from this mornings posts there was something said about UVA’s DQ in the relay costing them $1,600,000 instead of $20,000 because of the number of entries, teams or something like that. Was that post a joke or is there some kind of prize money for the school programs in this?

Reply to  1newncaamom7
7 years ago

1newncaamom – I’m not aware of any prize money, though sometimes coaches have incentives in their contracts.

News man
7 years ago

Any word on Elise Haan? Coaches were saying she broke her hand tonight in the warm down pool

Reply to  News man
7 years ago

That would be a huge blow. Still 3 events to swim

Reply to  Porkchop2244
7 years ago

Lol no she is perfectly find

Reply to  Human
7 years ago

I heard her hand was completely chopped off