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

TEAM SCORES

  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.

200 MEDLEY RELAY

  • 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.

1 METER DIVING

  • 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.

800 FREE RELAY

  • 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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Oldswimfan
4 years ago

Gotta give credit to NC State staff. They put together a 1st place relay without Ky-Lee Perry or Courtney Caldwell. Congrats

Swimsquare
Reply to  Oldswimfan
4 years ago

That 23.5 lead off backstroke from Elise Haan was pretty awesome. I believe it is leading the nation right now for that segment split.

Yozhik
4 years ago

Does anybody know the reaction time and splits of Mallory Comerford at 800 relay? Her last year race in 200 final was spectacular but it was a pure water race with weird splits. Now I expect her splits to be more mature. It may help to see what to expect in NCAA (if she swims it). Should Missy get nervous about her record?

swimmerj
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

You expect her splits to be more mature? Is 49-50 not mature? She outsplit Katie Ledecky, on the backhalf. She stated in a video interview that she bad been working on holding 25.5s all season. I’m not sure whag exactly is immature about that.

Yozhik
Reply to  swimmerj
4 years ago

If you got offended then please excuse me. But honestly I don’t understand why? If you look at 50y (25y are not available unfortunately) splits of her last year final race then you may see what I meant. It is like a saw. That in my opinion is weird because it indicates that she had been changing her racing plan several times per race. That’s what I call “immature” meaning lack of experience. But don’t take it literally. If you look at splits of swimmers who specialize on 200 race like Pellegrini and Sjostrom you will find that most of their races are like twins with minor variations depending on physical conditions. Do you know details of Mallory’s today race?

swimmerj
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

23 25 25 25 just like last year NCAAs

Yozhik
Reply to  swimmerj
4 years ago

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Thank you anyway.

Yozhik
Reply to  swimmerj
4 years ago

That is how she swam a year ago:
RT – 0.67; 23.95 – 25.51 – 25.37 – 25.53
Katie Ledecky was mostly busy with keeping advantage over Simone Manuel that she achieved after last turn. She hasn’t focused on Mallory Comerford and hasn’t noticed that she was charging.

Yozhik
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

And that is how the record was set by Missy Franklin:
22.98 – 24.76 – 25.12 – 26.19
If you look at Schmitt’s or Ledecky’s best LCM splits you will see something similar but without dying at the end.
That’s why I’m really interested how today’s 1:40 was swum by Mallory Comerford.

Caleb
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

You don’t get much more even than that – it’s pretty much a perfect race, immature or not.

Yozhik
Reply to  Caleb
4 years ago

It was very fast.True. But looking at splits may give you an idea if there is a place for improvement. Look, there are different approaches to this very tricky distance. Pellegrini swims last fifty faster than any other, sprinters like Franklin and Emma McKeon do whatever they can do at the beginning trying to just to finish the race after that, Heemskerk’s fastest race that make her #3 ever was done with negative splits, Sjostrom and Coleman swim it like a train. The max difference between second, third and fourth fifties was 0.06sec.
Schmitt’s and Ledecky’s best races were done with the decently fast start and steady decline of the speed from fifty to fifty without significant drops.
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coachymccoachface
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

Can we get this person out of here? They are either trolling or just the dumbest person I have ever read.

Yozhik
Reply to  coachymccoachface
4 years ago

If I’m not here how will you know that there is someone dumber than you are 😀
I will probably stay here for while to prolong your enjoyment.

Crusty
4 years ago

Again it’s UNC DIVING and swimming…only way to write it. three way battle for first between Louisville, State, and UVA. Three way battle for fourth between ND, UNC, and VT

v/r
Reply to  Crusty
4 years ago

I think the battle is more for second. I do t see anyone beating Louisville.

Paul
4 years ago

Virginia Tech Hookies?

Admin
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

Fixed

Paul
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Thank you!

Swimsquare
4 years ago

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
Reply to  Swimsquare
4 years ago

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
Reply to  Double Arm Freestyle
4 years ago

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

WTF
Reply to  Fast Facts
4 years ago

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.

Wahoowah
Reply to  Fast Facts
4 years ago

Dumb comment.

Mushroom man
Reply to  Fast Facts
4 years ago

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
Reply to  Fast Facts
4 years ago

Jealous

Taa
Reply to  Swimsquare
4 years ago

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.

Bob
Reply to  Swimsquare
4 years ago

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

swimmerj
4 years ago

Mal

Aquaman
Reply to  swimmerj
4 years ago

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