2020 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships: Day 2 Finals Live Recap

by Robert Gibbs 46

February 20th, 2020 ACC, College, News


  • When: Wednesday, February 19th to Saturday, February 22nd | Prelims 10:00 am | Finals 6:00 pm (1650 prelims Saturday at 4:00 pm)
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: North Carolina State University (NC State) (1x) (results)
  • Streaming: ACC Network
  • Championship Central: Here
  • Detailed Timeline: Here
  • Psych Sheets: Here
  • Live Results

The first full finals session of the 2020 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships is this evening, featuring the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and the 200 free relay, as well as the men’s 1m diving finals and the women’s 3m diving finals.

After only two sessions, this meet appears to be shaping up to be, as expected, a battle between UVA and NC State. The Cavaliers got two of the top seeds from this morning. Paige Madden, last year’s runner-up, put up a 4:40.93 this morning to take lane four tonight. Freshman Kate Douglass holds the ACC record in the 200 IM, a 1:52.84 from the Tennessee Invite, and went 1:53.90 this morning, the fastest mark by over a second and a half.

Duke’s Alyssa Marsh will be in lane four in the 50 free, as she followed up a 22.0 fly split last night with a 21.78 this morning, although she’ll have to hold off a very strong field that includes last year’s champion, Virginia’s Morgan Hill.

While the Wolfpack didn’t nab any top seeds this morning, they will have 16 swimmers in tonight’s individual finals, including 8 spread across the three A-finals, and 4 of those A-finalists in the 500 free alone.

The final event of the evening, the 200 free relay, should be a tight one. NC State won this last year, and returns all four women from that relay. But UVA will use use Douglass, who had the fastest 50 free time in the conference heading into this meet, and Louisville put three women into the 50 free A-final today, plus another just outside, so on paper at least, this relay could go to any of those three teams.

Men’s 1m Diving – Finals

  • ACC meet record: 531 – Nick McCrory, 2014
  • ACC record: 531 – Nick McCrory, 2014
  1. Joshua Davidson (FSU), 382.95
  2. Ruben Lechuga (Georgia Tech), 342.50
  3. Noah Zawadzki (Virginia Tech), 337.50

FSU’s Joshua Davidson, held on to his top seed from this morning, winning by 40 points in the second men’s diving event of the week. With one event to go, UNC sits in the lead with 104 diving points. But the rest of the field isn’t too far behind; NC State has 99, Florida State has 99, and another five teams have at least 60 diving points.

Men’s Diving Points Through Day 2

  1. UNC – 104
  2. NC State – 99
  3. Florida State – 90
  4. Miami – 84
  5. Virginia – 78
  6. Duke – 73
  7. Virginia Tech – 66
  8. Louisville – 60
  9. Georgia Tech – 32
  10. Pitt – 23
  11. Notre Dame – 15

WOMEN’S 500 FREE – Finals

  • ACC meet record: 4:30.74 – Leah Smith, 2016
  • ACC record: 4:28.90 – Leah Smith, 2017
  • 2019 ACC Champion: Mallory Comerford (LOU) – 4:34.63
  1. Paige Madden (Virginia) – 4:36.19
  2. Katie Moore (NC State) – 4:39.54
  3. Maddie Donohoe (Virginia) – 4:42.05

UVA junior Paige Madden dominated tonight, leading from wire-to-wire to capture the first individual swimming title of the meet. Madden won in 4:36.19, almost five seconds faster than her time from last year’s final, where she took 2nd to Mallory Comerford. That’s Madden’s 4th-fastest time of her career, and her 2nd-fastest time of the season; she went 4:34.64 at the Minnesota Invite in November.

There wasn’t much of a race for 2nd, either, as Kate Moore took 2nd by about 2.5 second, touching in 4:39.54 for NC State. Behind the two leaders, though, UVA freshman Maddie Donohoe and NC State senior Makayla Sargent dueled for 3rd, with Donohoe grabbing a podium spot, 4:42.05 to 4:42.82.

NC State had four swimmers in the A-final, but the other two were unable to move up from their 7th and 8th place finishes in prelims, taking the same spots in finals. Louisville, meanwhile, went 1-2 in the B-final, with Maria Sumida winning that race with a 4:44.27.

WOMEN’S 200 IM – Finals

  1. Kate Douglass (Virginia) – 1:51.36
  2. Julia Poole (NC State) – 1:54.86
  3. Abby Richter (Virginia) – 1:55.22

There wasn’t a ton of doubt that Kate Douglass was going to win. The real question was, just how fast would she go? Sure enough, Douglass demolished the field, going out in 23.81 and never looking back, winning by exactly 3.5s in an ACC record time of 1:51.36. That took down her own meet record of 1:53.90 from this morning, her conference record of 1:52.84, from the Minnesota Invite, Missy Franklin’s pool record, and moves her up to #4 all-time.

Behind her NC State’s Julia Poole was dueling with a pair of Virginia swimmers, Abby Ritcher and Ella Nelson, with Poole touching 2nd in 1:54.86, while Richter passed Nelson on the free leg to take 3rd 1:55.22 to 1:55.43.

WOMEN’S 50 FREE – Finals

  • ACC meet record: 21.54 – Caitlin Cooper, 2018
  • ACC record: 21.48 – Caroline Baldwin, 2017
  • 2019 ACC Champion: Morgan Hill (UVA) – 21.68
  1. Kylee Alons (NC State) – 21.63
  2. Morgan Hill (Virginia) – 21.76
  3. Ky-lee Perry (NC State) – 21.78

This turned out to be the same top three finishers as last year, albeit in a complete different order. NC State sophomore Kylee Alons took the win today in 21.63 after finishing 3rd last year in 21.81.

For the second year in a row, UVA’s Morgan Hill and NC State’s Ky-lee Perry touched at almost exactly the same time. Once again, it was Hill who just got her hand on the wall first, out touching Perry 21.76 to 21.78 tonight. Last year, Hill out touched Perry 21.68 to 21.69 for the win.

Louisville earned some big points here, as Casey Fanz matched her prelims time of 21.89 for 4th, Christina Regenauer took 5th in 22.10, and Arina Openysheva touched 7th in 22.26. Virginia Tech’s Joelle Verbeb shaved off a bit of time to take 6th in 22.20. Duke senior Alyssa Marsh appeared to have the lead early, but seemed to have an issue coming off the turn, ending up 8th in 22.30.

UVA freshman Lexi Cuomo knocked almost half a second off of her prelims time to win the B-final in 22.00.

Women’s 3m Diving – Finals

  • ACC meet record: 439.70 – Abby Johnston, 2010
  • ACC record: 439.70 – Abby Johnston, 2010
  1. Molly Carlson (Florida State) – 340.00
  2. Ayla Bonniwell (Florida State) – 321.05
  3. Sydney Dusel (Virginia) – 319.25

Florida State swept the top two spots, with Molly Carlson earning the victory after taking 2nd in the 1m last night. UVA’s Sydney Dusel took 3rd for the second night in a row, and the points she and 8th-place teammate Joceyln Porter collected in this event have moved UVA past NC State in the team standings, 460.5 to 443.

Women’s 200 Free Relay – Timed Finals

  • ACC meet record: 1:26.15 – NC State, 2019
  • ACC record: 1:26.15 – NC State, 2019
  • 2019 ACC Champion: NC State – 1:26.15
  1. Virginia, 1:26.73
  2. Louisville, 1:27.44
  3. NC State, 1:27.50

UVA jumped out to the lead with a 21.75 leadoff by Kate Douglass. NC State stayed close through the first two legs, and then took the lead on a monster relay start by Sirena Rowe, after Kylee Alons split 21.35. The Wolfpack led into the anchor leg, but Morgan Hill demolished the field off the final wall to take the lead, and the Cavaliers won in 1:26.73. Virginia is now 3-for-3 on relays so far this meet.

We’d been saying that either Louisville or NC State could challenge for the win here, and as it turned out, Louisville nabbed 2nd despite NC State returning (although not using) all four women from last year’s ACC record-breaking team. The Cardinals just ran down the Wolfpack on a 21.62 anchor leg by Openysheva, taking 2nd 1:27.44 to 1:27.50.

Fastest splits in the field:

  1. Morgan Hill, Virginia, senior – 21.24
  2. Kylee Alons, NC State, sophomore – 21.35
  3. Casey Fanz, Louisville, senior – 21.50
  4. Alyssa Marsh, Duke, senior – 21.51
  5. Alex Cuomo, Virginia, freshman – 21.55

Team Scores Through Day 2

  1. Virginia – 524.5
  2. NC State – 497
  3. Louisville – 404
  4. Notre Dame – 350
  5. North Carolina – 325
  6. Florida State – 253.5
  7. Duke – 250
  8. Georgia Tech – 190
  9. Virginia Tech – 182
  10. Miami – 175
  11. Pitt – 145
  12. Boston College – 104

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1 year ago

Shout to James Brady! NC State sitting in 2nd and the swimming hasn’t even started yet.

1 year ago

4:36 should be Madden’s 3rd fastest time, she was a 4:32.98 at NCAA’s last year

1 year ago

Can this guy just let Brooke talk? Jeez.