2018 WOMEN’S ACCS
- Wednesday-Saturday, February 14-17th
- Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- Short course yards
- Live results
- Live Stream
- ACC meet page
- Results days 1 and 2 finals combined
- Finals Heat Sheet
This morning will see races in the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, and 1 meter diving. Grace Oglesby will look to back up her fast fly leg of last night’s 200 IM today. Virginia will be looking to ride their momentum from yesterday, when they established themselves as the team leaders. NC State will look to catch up to Louisville, which they are only 40 points behind, and get back into the race for the title.
Can the defending 400 IM champion Reka Gyory bounce back after only qualifying for the B final in the 200 IM yesterday? Will anyone be able to match Mallory Comerford‘s speed in the 200 free this morning? Will Natalie Pierce kickstart an otherwise fairly quiet Florida State in the 100 breast? Will Elise Haan back up her 23.5 200 medley relay lead-off split in the 100 back today?
- Tayla Lovemore (FSU) – 51.68
- Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 51.78
- Leah Goldman (Duke) – 52.23
- Anna Pang (Virginia) – 52.46
- Kylie Jordan (Duke) – 52.61
- Nastja Govesjek (Luoisville) – 52.71
- Maggie Gruber (VT) – 52.80
- Krista Duffield (NC State) – 52.81
Florida State’s Tayla Lovemore could be giving the Seminoles what they need to start accumulating more points, taking the prelims of the 100 fly by 1-tenth of a second over Grace Oglesby. Notably, Mallory Comerford decided to swim the 200 free instead of the 100 fly, a decision that while not that surprising, was somewhat a mystery because she’s already qualified to swim both at the NCAAs.
Lovemore blasted a 23.85 on the 1st 50 to outsplit the field by half a second. She also went her season best by half a second. Kylie Jordan (Duke) had the fastest 2nd 50, posting a 27.18. Duke qualified 2 swimmers to the A final, Leah Goldman and Kylie Jordan, which is big for Duke since they’re in a tight battle with Notre Dame for 5th currently.
- Meet Record – 4:04.21
- ACC Record – 4:03.51
- Reka Gyory (Virginia Tech) – 4:07.74
- Rachael Bradford-Feldman (Louisville) – 4:08.23
- Hannah Moore (NC State) – 4:10.24
- Lizzie Devitt (Duke) – 4:10.39
- Julia Poole (NC State) – 4:11.28
- Erin Earley (Virginia) – 4:11.58
- Kate Moore (NC State) – 4:12.43
- Rachel Politi (Virginia) – 4:12.78
Reka Gyorgy used a quick front half to take the top seed for tonight, posting a 4:07.74. She split a 56.81 on the fly leg and 1:01.10 on the back to lead the entire field by a second at the 200 mark. She also split 1:11.09 on the breast leg, one of the fastest splits in the field. Rachael Bradford-Feldman is seeded 2nd, about half a second off Gyorgy.
NC State had a good showing in prelims today, qualifying 3 swimmers for the A final, which will give them boost they need in team scoring to catch up to Virginia and Louisville. There’s also 3 freshmen in the A final field, those 3 being 5-7th seeds Julia Poole, Erin Earley, and Kate Moore.
- Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 1:43.76
- Jen Marrkand (Virginia) – 1:43.85
- Megan Moroney (Virginia) – 1:44.55
- Kyla Valls (Virginia) – 1:44.79
- Eryn Eddy (Virginia) – 1:44.85
- Laine Reed (Virginia) – 1:45.12
- Abigail Dolan (Notre Dame) – 1:45.21
- Zhada Fields (UNC) – 1:45.24
Mallory Comerford was controlled as she took the top seed for tonight with a 1:43.76. Her back 3 50s were 26-points, while tonight we’ll likely see all 3 of those at 25-point.
The biggest story out of this prelims race, however, is Virginia’s massive team performance that somehow outdid their performance from the 50 free yesterday. Jen Marrkand led a field of 5 Virginia teammates that finished 2nd-6th this morning. Of that group there is a freshman, Kyla Valls, who went 1:44.79. On top of the 5 A finalists, Virginia has the 9th and 10th seeds for tonight as well. That sets Virginia up to possibly score over 150 points in just this event tonight.
Abigail Dolan gave Notre Dame its first A final qualification of the day, giving the Fighting Irish what they need to try and stay in the top 5.
- Meet Record – 58.26, Andee Cotrell
- ACC Record – 57.79, Emma Reaney
- Natalie Pierce (FSU) – 59.36
- Caroline Hauder (UNC) – 1:00.04
- Brooke Perrotta (UNC) – 1:00.27
- Lina Rathsack (Pitt) – 1:00.44
- Morgan Friesen (Louisville) – 1:00.49
- Meaghan O’Donnell (Notre Dame) – 1:00.75
- Mariia Astashkina (Louisville) – 1:00.76
- Joelle Vereb (VT) – 1:00.77
Natalie Pierce gave Florida State its 2nd top seed for finals of the day, posting a 59.36 to top the fild by well over half a second. She swam very tight splits for a 100 breast, taking it out in 28.55 and bringing it home in 30.81. Caroline Hauder had the fastest 1st 50 in the field however, going in 27.91, but coming home in 32.13. If Hauder can come home a little faster tonight, she’ll have a good shot at taking the title.
The A final tonight will have 5 freshmen, signalling a bright future for breaststroke in the ACC. Those 5 freshmen are Hauder, Brooke Perrotta, Morgan Friesen, Mariia Astashkina, and Joelle Vereb.
- Meet Record – 50.74, Courtney Bartholomew
- ACC Record – 50.01, Courtney Bartholomew
- Elise Haan (NC State) – 51.42
- Caroline Baldwin (UNC) – 52.02
- Megan Moroney (Virginia) – 52.34
- Abby Richter (Virginia) – 52.57
- Alina Kendzior (Louisville) – 52.59
- Klaudia Nazieblo (VT) – 52.61
- Carly Quast (Notre Dame) – 52.63
- Maddie Hess (Duke) – 52.89
Elise Haan went her 2nd fastest time ever and fastest of the season to take the prelims of the 100 back. Caroline Baldwin finished .60 seconds behind Haan for her 2nd fastest performance of the season. At the ACCs last year, Baldwin went 51-mid all 3 times she swam the 100 back (includes 400 medley relay lead-off).
Megan Moroney is back, posting a 52.34 for a lifetime best by half a second, and the 3rd seed for tonight. That time was also her fastest of the season by over a second. It took a 52.65 to be invited to the NCAAs last year, giving Moroney a good chance at being invited with her time from this morning.
Virginia picked up another pair of A finalists, giving them the most by far for today, and putting them in a good position to expand their lead in team scoring going into the final day of competition.