2018 Women’s ACCs Day 1: Comerford Blasts 1:40.26 800 Free Relay Split

2018 Women’s ACCs

  • Wednesday-Saturday, February 14-17th
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
  • Short course yards
  • Live results
  • ACC meet page
  • Day 1 results


  1. North Carolina – 151
  2. Virginia – 143
  3. Duke – 139
  4. Louisville – 138
  5. Notre Dame/NC State – 135
  6. Virginia Tech – 133
  7. Florida State – 131
  8. Miami – 109
  9. Pitt – 101
  10. Georgia Tech – 87
  11. Boston College – 60

After the first finals session of the meet, featuring the 200 medley relay, 1 meter diving, and 800 free relay, UNC is leading the way by 8 points over Virginia. After only 3 events the field is always going to be tight, with only 20 points separating UNC from 8th place Florida State. Of course, with only 2 relays and 1 diving event in the books, the scores after today aren’t widly predictive of where the rest of the meet is going to go. Although, tonight was a good indicator of how important the diving events will be this week. That can be seen through North Carolina’s lead despite finishing 4th and 6th in the relays. Also, Duke is in 3rd because they scored the most points in diving today, even though they finished 7th and 9th in the relays.


  • Meet Record: 1:34.89 NC State
  • ACC Record: 1:34.89 NC State
  1. NC State – 1:36.07
  2. Virginia Tech – 1:36.35
  3. Virginia – 1:36.69

NC State came out swinging despite the absences of Ky-lee Perry and Courtney Caldwell, winning the 200 medley relay and going the 4th fastest time in the country this season. The team of Elise Haan (23.59), Anna Shumate (27.33), Krista Duffield (23.27), and Lexie Lupton (21.88) combined to post a 1:36.07. Virginia Tech went from the 6th seed to coming in 2nd, fueled by a 27.14 breaststroke split from Joelle Vereb. The Hokies set a new school record with that time. The top 4, which includes UNC at 4th place, all hit the ‘A’ cut for the first time this season, which was Virginia Tech’s 1st relay ‘A’ cut of the season. Duke’s Alyssa Marsh blasted a 22.55 fly split to post the fastest fly time in the field.


  • Meet Record: 361.85 Abby Johnston
  • ACC Record: 379.98 Jenna Dreyer
  1. Blair Mulka (Florida State) – 317.50
  2. Maria Lohman (UNC) – 308.20
  3. Molly Fears (Louisville) – 294.35

Blair Mulka won out in the 1st of the 3 diving events this weekend, proving out one of Florida State’s biggest assets: their diving. All said and done, FSU scored 53 of their 131 points today off diving, which ties Duke for the most diving points so far. Maria Lohman was 8th in the preliminary diving, and manage to work her way up to 2nd in the finals, giving UNC a big boost in points, and allowing them to be leading following tonight.


  • Meet Record: 6:56.21 UVA
  • ACC Record: 6:55.25 UVA
  1. Virginia – 6:55.77
  2. Louisville – 6:56.32
  3. NC State – 7:03.63

Virginia was able to run down Louisville on the final leg, despite the giant lead Louisville had accumulated following Mallory Comerford‘s monster 1:40.26 on the 2nd leg of the relay, and breaking their own meet record from last year. Virginia’s splits were very tightly packed, with Morgan Hill leading off with a 1:44.86, followed by 1:43.6, 1:43.7, and 1:43.5 from Jenn Marrkand, Paige Madden, and Eryn Eddy respectively. Sophie Cattermole led off Louisville’s relay with a 1:45.12, and the final 2 splits on that relay were 1:45.03 and 1:45.91 from Rachael Bradford-Feldman and Arina Openysheva respectively.

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Maybe she was just tight- UVA dropped 7.26”
So much for that rested theory.
She had the same regimen all the other girls on the relay had.
The Hoos are coming


Morgan Hill leads off the UVA 800 free relay SLOWER than she swam at the UVA vs. NC STATE dual Meet. You would think if she was really unrested at that dual then a taper, championship meet setting and a tech suit woul have seen a time drop…. #restedinjanuary

Double Arm Freestyle

Or that could simply mean she had no rest for ACCs and is going to light up NCAAs. Or she could be having an off day, nerves, a slight sickness or she could be a really good in season swimmer. She also could’ve just been really pumped for the NCSU dual, the next day against UNC she was 1:47, taper doesn’t vanish in a day. She was .05 slower here than there it’s not significant either way. There’s no need to attack UVA or Morgan Hill just because she swam well at a dual meet.

Fast Facts

Pls stop making excuses everyone knows UVA tapered for their duel meet in January. UVA will go the same times or slower this weekend 🙂


Do three 1:43 splits on the 8 free relay suggest “same times or slower this weekend” or a January taper? I guess you’re the only one in the Universe who thinks that.


Dumb comment.

Mushroom man

At that same meet eryn eddy went 1:47 and jen Marrkand went 146. Why would they only rest one swimmer? Good point man! Good point you’re smart

Green with Jealousy



Taper is not an exact science. You dont push a button and all your swimmers suddenly start swimming fast. Some of these kids have 8 or 9(?) swims to do this week and some of them are bound to be off a bit. If you are going to post above every swimmer that adds time you will be up all night typing.


Father of UVA swimmer. Morgan was not rested in January. She’s got heart!


Virginia Tech Hookies?



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