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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Looks like the DQ yesterday by UVA was them getting the cobwebs out, they are definitely making up for it and climbing up into contention for the crown.


Good job for espn3 to carry the meet live; but once again whoever runs the livestats has neglected to upload the results as the meet goes from the 50 free to diving – this seems to be a universal bad habit at college championship meets

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The ACC Network coverage commentators are bungling all the names, asking dumb questions of the winners post-win on the headset, and actually commented the winner of the 50 free can’t be found on Google! Geez, she won the 50m and 100m free at YMCA LC Nationals last summer and swam in Conn for a coach who used to be an asst at UNC-CH, the winner is a FR at NC State. The commentators are not prepared and have not done their homework.

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