2019 ACC Women’s Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 45

February 23rd, 2019 ACC, News


Coming out of this morning, it looked like UVA still had a shot at taking the title, if everything broke their way. However, they only had two divers score in the diving prelims, while NC State put one diver into the A-final and got another two scorers. The upshot is that while it’s still provably mathematically possible for UVA to win, NC State should continue to build on their 18 point lead and win by 50-100 points.

Even setting aside the battle for team points, we should be in for an evening of great racing. Other than the 1650s, each of tonight’s individual events will feature the defending champion.

The 200 back will be largely a contest between UVA and NC State. The Cavaliers have four women in thh A-final, led by Megan Moroney, who had the fastest time this morning, and defending champion Paige Madden. But the Wolfpack will be there in force, as well, and as both Elise Haan and Emma Muzzy have have 1:51s to their name, this could very well come down to four women at the finish.

Mallory Comerford will be swimming in lane four tonight as she defends her title in the 100 free. She was 47.78 this morning, and has been 46.77 this season, so why we may not see her dip below her personal best (and ACC record) of 46.20, she could challenge the meet record of 46.65.

NC State freshman Sophie Hansson put up the fastest time this morning in the 200 breast, touching in 2:07.97. She won last night, and she has a good chance of repeating tonight, although the field also includes defending champ Mariia Astashkina of Louisville.

Just like her teammate Comerford, Grace Oglesby is both the defending champion and the fastest qualifier from this morning in the 200 fly. Again, like Comerford, she probably’s a little more separated from the field than than Moroney, but watch for NC State freshman Kylee Alons, who was dropping time throughout the regular season.


  1. Tamila Holub (NC State) – 15:56.91
  2. Anna Jahns (NC State) – 15:56.96
  3. Makayla Sargent (NC State) – 16:06.58

In what should pretty well seal NC State’s victory, the Wolfpack women in the final heat swept the top three overall sports. Sophomore Tamila Holub took gold on the strength of a 15:56.91 that’s three seconds faster than she went here last year. In an unusually close finish in such a long event, senior Anna Johns finished only 0.05s behind Holub. Taking into account results from SECs and Big Tens, those times look to be the 6th and 7th fastest times in the country this year. NC State also got 3rd and 5th finishes from Makayla Sargent and Ariel Finke, respectively.

The other half of the top eight came from four different schools. Louisville’s Sophie Cattermole finished 4th in 16:07.90, and UNC’s Robyn Dryer, Notre Dame’s Sinead Eksteen, and Georgia Tech’s Emily Ilgenfritz round out the top eight. According to the SWIMS database, that was a 12-second personal best for Eksteen, whose previous best time of 16:30.93 came from 2014, when she was only 13 years old.

200 Back Finals

  1. Emma Muzzy (NC State) – 1:51.66
  2. Megan Moroney (UVA) – 1:51.98
  3. Emma Seiberlich (UVA) – 1:52.54

NC State freshman Emma Muzzy ran down UVA’s Megan Moroney on the final few strokes, surged ahead at the finish, and touched in 1:51.66 to take the victory. Moroney was in the lead at the halfway point, and appeared to have the event sewed up after splitting 28.00 on the 3rd leg, but she faded to a 29.88 on the final 50 while Muzzy closed in 28.30. UVA swept the next three spots, with Moroney touching 2nd in 1:51.98, and Emma Seiberlich taking 3rd in 1:52.54.

100 Free Finals

  1. Mallory Comerford (Louisville) – 46.57
  2. Morgan Hill (UVA) – 47.46
  3. Ky-lee Perry (NC State) – 47.50

Mallory Comerford took down her own meet record in her final individual swim of her ACC career. Comerford looked to be in control the entire race and touched in 46.57, knocking 0.08s off her meet record of 46.65 from last year.

NC State’s Ky-lee Perry was in 2nd after the first 50, but UVA’s Morgan Hill reeled Perry in by splitting 24.56 to 25.08 over the second half the race, and touching in 47.46 to Perry’s 47.50.

The team standings look to be pretty well solidified at his point. NC State has a 77 point lead over Virginia that’s essentially insurmountable at this point, barring a relay disqualification (and even that might not be enough). Louisville and Notre Dame are locked into 3rd and 4th, respectively. There’s a chance that Florida State could move up or down one spot, but other than that, we shouldn’t see much change over the final three events.

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 18

1. North Carolina State Universit 1153
2. Virginia, University of 1086
3. Louisville, University of 933
4. Notre Dame, University of 806.5
5. Duke University 659
6. Florida State University 606
7. North Carolina, University of, 588.5
8. VA Tech 430.5
9. Georgia Institute of Technolog 310
10. Pittsburgh, University of 283
11. University of Miami (Florida) 247.5
12. Boston College 124

200 Breast Finals

  1. Sophie Hansson (NC State) – 2:06.73
  2. Nina Kucheran (FSU) – 2:08.78
  3. Morgan Friesen (Louisville) – 2:09.05

NC State freshman Sophie Hansson competed her breaststroke sweep this week, leading from start to finish and winning by over two seconds, in 2:06.73. It was complete dominance for Hansson, who had the fastest split on every 50. Another freshman, FSU’s Nina Kucheran, took 2nd in 2:08.78.

A pair of Louisville sophomores took the next two spots, with Morgan Friesen taking 3rd in 2:09.05 and Mariia Astashkina taking 4th in 2:09.30. Astashkina was the defending champion in the event, and while she was a little off last year’s winning time of 2:09.01, even repeating that time wouldn’t have been enough to beat Hansson (or Kucheran) this year.

UVA did about as well as they could. Vivian Tafuto dropped over a second to hold on her to 5th place, and Mary Christensen won the B-final with a 2:08.85 that would’ve put her 3rd in the A-final had she made it in this morning. Still, NC State maintains a 72 point lead with one individual event to go.

200 Fly Finals

  1. Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 1:52.81
  2. Nicole Smith (Notre Dame) – 1:54.66
  3. Alena Kraus (Louisville) – 1:55.06

Louisville’s Grace Oglesby joined teammate Comerford in successfully defending her title from last year. Oglesby looked strong and in control the whole way, and her last turn may have been the best, as she won by nearly two seconds, touching in 1:52.81. That was a meet record for Oglesby, although she’s still well off the overall ACC record which Kelsi Worrell, another Louisville Cardinal, still holds from 2016.

Notre Dame’s Nicole Smith took 2nd with a 1:54.66 in the last individual ACC swim of her career, and teammate Lucianna Thomas took 6th in 1:56.20.

Thomas was one of five freshmen that swept the #3-7 spots tonight, including UVA’s Julia Menkhaus (1:55.16), NC State’s Kylee Alons (1:55.33), and Duke’s Cabell Whitlow (1:56.78). UNC junior Bryanna Cameron took 8th in 1:57.92.

Here are the scores heading into the 400 free relay…

Women – Team Rankings – Through Event 20

1. North Carolina State Universit 1297
2. Virginia, University of 1228
3. Louisville, University of 1082
4. Notre Dame, University of 861.5
5. Duke University 712
6. Florida State University 683
7. North Carolina, University of, 650.5
8. VA Tech 431.5
9. Georgia Institute of Technolog 328
10. Pittsburgh, University of 300
11. University of Miami (Florida) 253.5
12. Boston College 124

At this point, we can officially declare NC State the winner. They’ve got a 69 point lead, so even if they were to DQ their relay and UVA was to win, those 64 points would not be enough to make up the margin. Disqualifications by Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, or Pitt could possibly drop each school down a spot, but other than that, the team rankings are pretty well finalized at this point.

400 Free Relay Timed Final

  1. Louisville – 3:11.63
  2. NC State – 3:12.80
  3. UVA – 3:12.97

NC State roared out to an early lead, courtesy of Ky-lee Perry’s 47.69 leadoff, but despite Kylee Alons following that up with a 47.90, NC State’s lead was quickly erased by Mallory Comerford, who split 46.68 on Louisville’s 2nd leg. Casey Fanz extended Louisville’s lead by out splitting Sophie Hansson 48.04 to 48.46, and Arina Openysheva anchored the Cardinals in 48.18 for a 3:11.63 victory.

Both NC State and UVA finished well under the NCAA ‘A’ cut, with the Wolfpack touching in 3:12.80, and the Cavaliers just behind in 3:12.97, with Morgan Hill’s 47.69 split leading the way.

No relays disqualified, so there no changes to the team rankings, and the NC State Wolfpack are your 2019 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Champions. They last won the ACC title just two years ago, in 2017, and that marks their 4th team championship overall, with the previous two coming in 1979 and 1980, at the very first two ACC women’s championships.

Women – Final Scores

1. North Carolina State University 1353
2. Virginia, University of 1282
3. Louisville, University of 1146
4. Notre Dame, University of 909.5
5. Duke University 764
6. Florida State University 727
7. North Carolina, University of, 700.5
8. VA Tech 477.5
9. Georgia Institute of Technolog 360
10. Pittsburgh, University of 334
11. University of Miami (Florida) 293.5
12. Boston College 154

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Silent Observer
2 years ago

Let’s go Wolfpack! Bring home the big trophy!!!

Retired Swamme
2 years ago



2 years ago

1, 2, 3, 5

2 years ago


Joel Lin
Reply to  don
2 years ago

No disrespect to DeSorbo, he’s done an exemplary job…but this is karma she’s a b**** time. They dumped this legend for Augie Busch of all people.

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

There is a reason he got told to resign….

Joel Lin
Reply to  Hola
2 years ago

Oh please. Craig Littlepage was the AD version of Bill Clinton. He was the Greek God of almost playing it straight & telling the truth. Dino’s exit was an abomination & now he laughs last. Well earned.

Congrats Pack, great meet. Congrats UVa too…these are 2 top shelf programs in the NCAA now & for years to come.

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

That’s BS and u know it. NCSU and Holloway were making strides and trending to top UVA even when Bernardino was still there. This isn’t the karma drama you want it to be.

UVA got a good deal when Busch left. And frankly UVA is still trending up.

Reply to  Wahoowah
2 years ago

That being said UVA needs some good milers next year. 🙂

2 years ago

So NCST really had 12 up today compared to UVA’s 8. Meet over. I was secretly hoping this would come down to the last relay to watch NC State win it by taking the 400 FrRel …. but that mile just pumped me up!

Thank you, next.

2 years ago

The champagne is on ice now in Raleigh.

2 years ago

The champagne is on ice in Raleigh!

2 years ago

Sorry Todd, not this year 😘🥇