2017 Women’s ACCs: Virginia Gets Redemption with 800 FR ACC Record


After a DQ in the 200 medley relay got the defending ACC champion Virginia off to a rough start, the Cavaliers were able to earn some redemption with a record-setting performance in the 800 free relay. The quartet of Leah Smith, Jenn Marrkand, Morgan Hill, and Kaitlyn Jones won the race with ease, clocking in at 6:56.21 to win gold and take down their own previous record of 6:59.98 from 2016. With that, they finished 3 and a half seconds ahead of runner-up NC State (6:59.73).

Their splits were as follows:

All-American Leah Smith got the ball rolling with the fastest leadoff split of the field, touching in 1:43.60. Fellow All-American Kaitlyn Jones had the fastest anchor split, turning in a quick 1:42.96. Posting the fastest split out of anyone, however, was Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, who threw down a blistering 1:41.12 on the 2nd leg for the Cardinals as they finished 3rd overall in 7:01.62.

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5 years ago

hoos gonna take it all….no other school is better than them

5 years ago

Redemption? Accurate title. That was a pretty significant choke. #STATEment

Buttermilk Pancakes
5 years ago

Eat em up pack! Proud to be an alum.
But LouisVille has a volcanic opportunity to take the crown here. Look for comerford to get hot and explode the rest of this week. I’m talking a Pompeii-like eruption of talent in that 2 free. 1:41 already?? Watch out at NCAAs, Katy Le Decky!

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5 years ago

If Katie Ledecky loses any individual freestyle event at NCAAs I will eat my single Olympic gold medal with no seasoning

5 years ago

Comer ford is for real and Coach AA knows how to prep his athletes for NCAAs for sure! I see a 1:40.+ in her future mid-March!!!

5 years ago

Comerfors swam a huge split, i remember she did something similar last year and I thought that was her max but she just kept getting faster through acts and ncaas. We could see some big swims from here this championship season.

Mother Hen
5 years ago

Way to go!

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