2017 Women’s ACC Championships: NC State Setting Up Team Title

2017 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Behind huge performances in the 200 back and 100 free to start this morning’s session, the NC State Wolfpack paved the way to take home the 2017 Women’s ACC Swimming and Diving title tonight.  The Wolfpack have twice as many swimming A-finalists as the Cavaliers, and although Virginia has a near-guarantee victory in the 1650 from Leah Smith, the overall points spread in the event is expected to be a split or favor NC State.

NC State is carrying a 26.5-point lead into the final session, and is expected to gain another ~30 points tonight (not including the 1650 or 10-meter platform), and is definitely favored over UVA in the 400 freestyle relay.  However, there’s hope for Virginia; the Cavaliers have more opportunities to move up tonight (including a potential 1-2 finish in the 200 fly, and three swimmers seeded in the bottom-half of the B-final in the 100 free), and should pick up 15-20 points on NC State in diving.

In addition, keep an eye on Louisville.  While they’re in for an uphill battle (the Cardinals are 100 points back from the Wolfpack), they’re on track to lead the session in scoring tonight, and also have the top-seeded diver after prelims.  Whatever the outcome, there’s no doubt tonight will be a wild session, with Virginia’s nine-year ACC win streak on the line.

Note: Ups refer to swimmers in the A final, who can finish no lower than 8th barring a DQ; Mids refer to swimmers in the B final, who can finish no higher than 9th and no lower than 16th (again, barring a DQ on the low end); and Downs refer to swimmers in the C final, who can finish no higher than 17th and no lower than 24th (again, barring a DQ on the low end)

(Ups/Downs) 200 back 100 free 200 breast 200 fly Total Prelims point estimate Current point total TOTAL point estimate*
Louisville 1/1/0 2/1/1 3/1/0 2/0/2 8/3/3 265.125 674.5 939.625
NC State 3/0/0 4/1/0 1/0/1 0/1/0 8/2/1 241.125 776.5 1017.625
North Carolina 1/2/1 2/0/1 0/2/0 2/1/0 5/5/2 212.375 665 877.375
Virginia 0/0/0 0/4/1 2/1/1 2/1/0 4/6/2 201.25 750 951.25
Virginia Tech 2/2/0 0/0/1 0/1/2 1/0/1 3/3/4 140.375 485 625.375
Notre Dame 1/2/0 0/1/1 0/1/1 1/1/1 2/5/3 139.375 428.5 567.875
Georgia Tech 0/0/3 0/1/0 0/1/1 0/1/2 0/3/6 72 256 328
Duke 0/1/1 0/0/2 0/0/0 0/2/1 0/3/4 62.75 513.5 576.25
Florida State 0/0/1 0/0/1 1/1/1 0/0/1 1/1/4 59.125 457.5 516.625
Pittsburgh 0/0/1 0/0/0 1/0/1 0/0/0 1/0/2 35.125 294 329.125
Miami 0/0/1 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/1/0 0/1/1 19.375 294.5 313.875
Boston College 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0 0 122 122

*Does not include diving, 1650, or 400 free relay

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ACC fan

WHAT?! Afternoon 1650 session posted in results and it looks like Leah Smith swam in the afternoon! Am I reading the results correctly? Does anyone know anything about this?

He did the math

It looks like her seed time is from a 1000 free swim – my best guess is that she hasn’t swum the 1650 this year and therefore is entered with a 1000 time. Per meet rules, when you’re entered in an event without an “official” time in that event, you swim in the earlier heats, kinda like how a swimmer entered in a LCM meet with SCY times will always swim with the other SCY times, regardless of conversions.

Bigtime

She hadn’t swum the 1650 this year so had no registered time

1terpswim

She did not swim the 1650 all year – therefore was entered with a 1000 entry time – relegating her to the prelim heats.

Wahooswimfan

Probably getting her more rest for a free relay leg – she’s probably capable of a 47+split rested so this gives her that rest – not like any of the other swimmers were going to be close – its justva matter of who she lapped

Explanaition

At the winter invite meet (UGA) Leah was not there as she went to SC Worlds instead. They knew her racing at SC Worlds was better for her than getting into the night swim at the ACC meet for her 1650 when NCAA is the main focus. Although, it was kind of sad not to see the swim as it was her senior year in the night session. You would think that if they were to ever make an exception, this would have been the time, especially being a timed final event.

Wahooswimfan

Leah Smith wins 1650 – 54 seconds ahead of NCSU’s swimmer, this is an event where the ACC needs more depth

ACC fan

35 seconds, not 54

Uberfan

To be fair Smith and Ledecky are waaaay ahead of everyone else in the distance events Smith was the fastest in the NCAA last year by 20 whole seconds

Bigtime

The Commentators…. sheesh. “100 yards to go” at the 40th lap? “UNC has taken the lead” when she was actually lapped. “she has improved on this mornings swim” – say what now? Honestly, pick a random parent out of the crowd and give them the mic.

Bigtime

Commentators on ESPN I mean……

ACC fan

Totally agree with you BIGTIME! They don’t mention splits as the races are swum either. You would think Hansen would be better than that, but he is not!

ct swim fan

Last night during the final relay one of them kept referring to the seed times as the times they had done that afternoon in the prelims. They did not know there were no prelims in the relays.

Sigh

What about the “trapezoid muscles” comment during men’s platform tonight… Who needs to take anatomy when you took 9th grade geometry?

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