2021 ACC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, February 17th – Saturday, February 20th | Prelims: 11:00 am | Finals: 7:00 pm (EST) (Except Wednesday’s timed finals, which begin at 5:15 EST)
- Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
- Defending Champion: University of Virginia (x1) (results)
- Format: 25 Yards/Short Course Yards (SCY)
- Championship Central: Here
- Championship Manual
- Psych Sheets (uncut)
- Live Results
The final prelims session of the 2021 ACC Women’s Championships will kick off this morning with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly. Later in the day, the men will compete on the platform diving event while the 1650 free timed finals will transition the group into tonight’s finals session.
This morning, UVA sophomore Kate Douglass will compete in the 100 free over the 200 breast, where she holds the ACC record at 2:03.93. Instead, keep an eye on 100 breast champion Sophie Hansson of NC State and 400 IM champion Ella Nelson of UVA in the 200 breast. NC State’s Kylee Alons, who won the 50 free on Thursday, will also take a jab at the 100 free this morning.
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORES — AFTER DAY 3
- UVA, 1047
- NC State, 879
- Louisville, 683.50
- Virginia Tech, 578
- Notre Dame, 509
- Duke, 502
- UNC, 399.50
- Georgia Tech, 391
- Florida State, 380
- Miami, 329
- Pittsburgh, 277
- Boston College, 147
Women’s 200 Back Prelims
- ACC Record: 1:49.09, Alexia Zevnik (NCS), 2017
- ACC Meet Record: 1:49.61, Alexia Zevnik (NCS), 2017
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:50.50
- 2020 Champion: Emma Muzzy (NCS), 1:50.79
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Katharine Berkoff (NCS)- 1:50.82
- Emma Muzzy (NCS)- 1:52.23
- Alex Walsh (UVA)- 1:52.68
- Kate Moore (NCS)- 1:52.87
- Emma Atkinson (VT)- 1:53.04
- Reilly Tiltmann (UVA)- 1:53.44
- Bayley Stewart (ND)- 1:54.23
- Tatiana Salcutan (LOU)- 1:54.30
On track to sweep the backstroke events here in Greensboro is NC State sprinter Katharine Berkoff, clocking in the top 200 back time at 1:50.82. Berkoff ranks 3rd in the NCAA this season with her best of 1:50.20. She will be joined by teammates #2 seed Emma Muzzy (1:52.23) and #4 seed Kate Moore (1:52.87), who was runner-up in the 400 IM yesterday.
NC State senior Danika Huizinga qualified 9th into the B-final with 1:54.50, dropping two and a half seconds off her seed time.
Women’s 100 Free Prelims
- ACC Record: 46.20, Mallory Comerford (LOU), 2018
- ACC Meet Record: 46.67, Mallory Comerford (LOU), 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 47.18
- 2020 Champion: Morgan Hill (UVA), 47.47
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Kate Douglass (UVA)- 47.33
- Kylee Alons (NCS)- 48.02
- Sarah Shackelford (VT)- 48.67
- Lexi Cuomo (UVA)- 48.71
- Abby Larson (VT)- 48.85
- Grace Countie (UNC)- 49.33
- Kyla Valls (UVA)- 49.34
- Victoria Fonville (NCS)- 49.40
Picking up yet another top prelims time was versatile UVA sophomore Kate Douglass, who clocked in a 47.33 to qualify first into the 100 free A-final. Yesterday, Douglass anchored the winning 400 medley relay in a 46.66, which is two-tenths faster than her flat start best of 46.86. The ACC Meet record sits at 46.67, held by Louisville alum and Worlds team member Mallory Comerford.
Joining Douglass in the top heat will be #4 seed Lexi Cuomo (48.71), who has already picked up two runner-up finishes this meet, and Kyla Valls (49.34), who was runner-up in yesterday’s 200 free A-final.
UNC Tar Heel Grace Countie will swim her third A-final this meet with her #6 seed time of 49.33.
Qualifying 9th into the B-final was NC State’s Sirena Rowe, who won the first heat in a time of 49.44. The Florida State Seminoles picked up four swimmers into the B-final as well.
Women’s 200 Breast Prelims
- ACC Record: 2:03.93, Kate Douglass (UVA), 2020
- ACC Meet Record: 2:04.34, Emma Reaney (ND), 2014
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:06.84
- 2020 Champion: Sophie Hansson (NCS), 2:05.59
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Sophie Hansson (NCS)- 2:06.35
- Ella Nelson (UVA)- 2:06.88
- Andrea Podmanikova (NCS)- 2:08.52
- Anna Keating (UVA)- 2:08.68
- Abby Arens (NCS)- 2:08.92
- Julia Poole (NCS)- 2:09.00
- Alexis Wenger (UVA)- 2:09.36
- Sarah Foley (DUKE)- 2:10.12
The NC State Wolfpack picked up 4 A-finalists in the 200 breast this morning, led by 100 breast ACC record-holder Sophie Hansson (2:06.35). That now moves Hansson from 41st to 4th in the NCAA this season. She will be joined by teammates #3 seed Andrea Podmanikova (2:08.52), #5 seed Abby Arens (2:08.92), and #6 seed Julia Poole (2:09.00).
While UVA’s Douglass and Walsh did not swim the 200 breast this morning, 400 IM champion Ella Nelson did pick up the #2 seed in this event at 2:06.88. She will be joined by teammates Anna Keating (2:08.68) and Alexis Wenger (2:09.36). Duke’s Sarah Foley rounded out the top 8 times this morning at 2:10.12.
Women’s 200 Fly Prelims
- ACC Record: 1:50.61, Kelsi Worrell (LOU), 2016
- ACC Meet Record: 1:52.81, Grace Oglesby (LOU), 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:53.20
- 2020 Champion: Grace Oglebsy (LOU), 1:53.70
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Abby Harter (UVA)- 1:55.10
- Alena Kraus (LOU)- 1:55.33
- Jessica Nava (UVA)/Abby Hay (LOU)- 1:55.77
- Reka Gyorgy (VT)- 1:55.83
- Luciana Thomas (ND)- 1:56.38
- Coleen Gillilan (ND)- 1:56.43
- Tristen Ulett (LOU)- 1:56.44
Abby Harter gave UVA another prelims top seed, this time in the 200 fly. Harter clocked in at 1:55.10, just 0.23s ahead of #2 seed Alena Kraus of Louisville (1:55.33). Tying for third at 1:55.77 and joining their respective teammates this evening in the A-final were UVA’s Jessica Nava and Louisville’s Abby Hay. Another Louisville Cardinal, freshman Tristen Ulett, placed 8th into tonight’s final at 1:56.44.
Louisville freshman Gabi Albiero, who finished 3rd in the 50 free on Thursday, placed 9th into the B-final with a 1:56.48, a 2.41-second drop from her seed time.