2020 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships: Day 2 Ups/Mids/Downs

For those unfamiliar with swimming terminology, the concept of “Ups” and “Downs” is a good way to track which teams performed best at prelims. In prelims, swimmers qualify for one of three finals heats: the top 8 finishers make the A final, places 9 through 16 the B final and places 17 through 24 the C final. In finals, swimmers are locked into their respective final, meaning a swimmer in the B heat (spots 9-16) can only place as high as 9th or as low as 16th, even if they put up the fastest or slowest time of any heat in the final.

With that in mind, we’ll be tracking “Ups,” “Mids” and “Downs” after each prelims session. “Up” refers to swimmers in the A final, “Mid” to swimmers in the B final and “Down” to swimmers in the C final.


  • 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

NC State’s massive 200 IM (7 total scorers; 2 A finalists) buoyed them to the best prelims showing on day 2, piling up 16 individual scoring swims tonight.

The Wolfpack put four into the 500 free A final to start the morning, and seven total scorers in the IM puts them in excellent position to overtake Virginia for the team points lead tonight. UVA leads the Wolfpack by 41 at the moment, but that’s only after two relays and one diving event last night.

Virginia did put three into the 200 IM A final, and have a dozen individual scoring swims set up. Louisville also has 12 scoring swims individually, but less A finalists than the Cavaliers. There’s a clear dropoff after those three teams, with Notre Dame and UNC also having nice mornings.

Virginia does sit 1-2 in both the 500 free (Paige Madden, Madelyn Donohoe) and 200 IM (Kate Douglass, Abigail Richter), so their A finalists are projected to score more. But NC State has several good chances to move up from their prelims spots. Defending 200 IM champ Julia Poole is fourth right now, and Emma Muzzy is 8th with nowhere to go but up. On the flip side, Sophie Hansson is 9th and can only move down. Other IM scorers include Jessica Horomanski, Heather Maccausland, Katelyn Mack and Danika Huizinga.

Day 2 Ups/Mids/Downs

Note: these figures do not include relays (where every school should add a scoring 200 free relay tonight) or diving (with 3-meter prelims still to come this afternoon).

Team Total 500 Free 200 IM 50 Free
NC State 8/4/4 4/0/1 2/3/2 2/1/1
Virginia 6/3/3 2/2/0 3/0/1 1/1/2
Louisville 4/5/3 0/2/1 1/2/1 3/1/1
Notre Dame 3/1/1 2/0/1 1/0/0 0/1/0
UNC 1/4/3 0/1/1 1/1/1 0/2/1
Duke 1/2/2 0/1/1 0/0/1 1/1/0
Florida State 0/1/3 0/0/0 0/0/1 0/1/2
Virginia Tech 1/1/2 0/1/1 0/0/0 1/0/1
Pitt 0/1/2 0/0/2 0/1/0 0/0/0
Georgia Tech 0/1/1 0/1/0 0/0/1 0/0/0
Miami 0/1/0 0/0/0 0/1/0 0/0/0
Boston College 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0

Scores after day 1:

  1. UVA – 166
  2. Notre Dame – 165
  3. UNC – 135
  4. Louisville – 133
  5. Duke – 130
  6. NC State – 125
  7. FSU – 122
  8. Virginia Tech – 113
  9. Georgia Tech – 109
  10. Miami – 105
  11. Boston College – 70
  12. Pitt – 59

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4 years ago

NC State isn’t playing around, huh?

Silent Observer
Reply to  Woah
4 years ago

Their distance group is gonna be one of their key groups in championship meets. Halloway knows how to build a coaching team 👏

Go Pack!
Reply to  Silent Observer
4 years ago

State is just a distance school 😉

Pack Mack
Reply to  Go Pack!
4 years ago

Well played

Reply to  Silent Observer
4 years ago

ACC is weak in distance free, might as well stack the deck where you can.

Silent Observer
4 years ago


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