2021 Women’s ACC Championships: Day 3 Ups/Mids/Downs


  • 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

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.

Entering Day 3, Virginia held a relatively slim 24-point advantage over NC State for first, while Virginia Tech was in a clear third. Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame remained tightly bunched up in fourth, fifth and sixth.


  1. Virginia, 510
  2. NC State, 486
  3. Virginia Tech, 376
  4. Louisville, 311.5
  5. Duke, 290
  6. Notre Dame, 276
  7. UNC, 244.5
  8. Miami, 238
  9. Florida State, 214
  10. Georgia Tech, 210
  11. Pittsburgh, 159
  12. Boston College, 115

It was a massive morning for Virginia, as they put 14 swimmers through to ‘A’ finals, including five in the 100 fly and three in both the 200 free and 100 breast. Overall this showing should vault them into a comfortable team lead over NC State heading into the final day.

The Wolfpack still put nine swimmers into ‘A’ finals and five in the ‘B’s, including going 3/2/0 in the 100 breast.

Louisville stood out among the rest of the field going 7/5/6, putting two swimmers in the ‘A’ finals of the 100 fly, 200 free and 100 breast.


Credit to Andrew Mering for running the numbers.

All 100 Fly 400 IM 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back
UVA 14/4/1 5/1/0 1/0/1 3/3/0 3/0/0 2/0/0
NC State 9/5/0 1/1/0 2/1/0 1/0/0 3/2/0 2/1/0
Louisville 7/5/6 2/0/2 1/2/1 2/0/2 2/1/0 0/2/1
Florida St 3/5/4 0/2/0 1/1/1 1/0/1 0/0/1 1/2/1
VT 3/3/2 0/1/1 1/1/0 0/1/1 0/0/0 2/0/0
Duke 1/5/9 0/0/2 1/1/0 0/1/1 0/2/2 0/1/4
ND 1/5/8 0/2/2 1/0/2 0/0/1 0/1/2 0/2/1
UNC 1/3/3 0/1/1 0/0/0 0/1/1 0/1/1 1/0/0
GT 1/2/5 0/0/0 0/1/2 1/1/0 0/0/2 0/0/1
Miami 0/2/1 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/1/1 0/1/0 0/0/0
PITT 0/1/1 0/0/0 0/1/1 0/0/0 0/0/0 0/0/0

The Cavaliers outscored the Wolfpack by 120 based on prelims placing, while the Cardinals were well over 100 clear of the rest. Entering the day in third, Virginia Tech was trounced by Louisville and should drop into a distant fourth by day’s end.


  1. Virginia, 442
  2. NC State, 322
  3. Louisville, 292
  4. Florida State, 167
  5. Notre Dame, 130
  6. Virginia Tech, 129
  7. Duke, 123
  8. UNC, 81
  9. Georgia Tech, 75
  10. Miami, 32
  11. Pittsburgh, 17
  12. Boston College, 0


  1. Virginia, 952
  2. NC State, 808
  3. Louisville, 603.5
  4. Virginia Tech, 505
  5. Duke, 413
  6. Notre Dame, 406
  7. Florida State, 381
  8. UNC, 325.5
  9. Georgia Tech, 285
  10. Miami, 270
  11. Pittsburgh, 176
  12. Boston College, 115

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1 year ago

Platform Diving: UVA 22 (10th, 22nd, 23rd), NCSU 11 (16th)
400 Medley Relay also not included

On paper, UVA is about 35 points ahead of their record-breaking score from last Season.

1 year ago

Looking good Pitt

1 year ago

Pittsburgh has two swim at night. How much are they paying that guy???????????????????

1 year ago

Don’t knock it, at least Pitt still funds a team – that’s a lot better than Clemson, Wake & Syracuse. I think when SwimSwam mentions team rankings they should always include the schools that have dropped swimming but list them at the bottom with ZERO to shame them for not sponsoring a swim/dive team.

Last edited 1 year ago by Wahooswimfan
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 year ago

I agree with printing the scores of all the members. But, Pittsburgh is a fully funded team and the swimmers could barely score at PIAA’s. The Coaching Staff needs to do a better job.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 year ago

Clemson was really good in the 1980s. Their men won ACCs once in 1986, their women were a tier 1 NCAA program. Top 5 NCAA finishes, Mitzi Kremer was a 1988 Olympian.

Clemson’s football program was a bit down (relative to some early 1980s glory years) so the institution sang poor house to cancel both swimming programs. They needed a 50m pool & the administration simply had no bid to even make an effort to raise money for it. Too much of a distraction from the football rebuild.

That all happened decades ago, but it is still stunning to reflect on. Maryland – same outcome. For the Twerps there were no “but football is down” excuses, just abject incompetence from… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Joel Lin
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

UMD Swimming and Diving wasn’t helped by the fact that they rented, at a premium, their training and competition space from Campus Rec Services so their financial footprint was very large.

Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

So now the football team took over the pool claiming they needed it to rehab their players, and kicked the club team that rented the space out. Boooo

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

UMD is a continual disappointment.

Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Maryland has a football team???

Reply to  Joel Lin
1 year ago

Shame because UMD’s pool is a world class facility

Joel Lin
Reply to  PVSFree
1 year ago

If we are being fair, Maryland building a world class swimming facility & then dropping both the men’s & women’s programs is the most Maryland thing ever.

1 year ago

Same question for Miami. As far as I know, they are fully funded — that’s 14 full scholarships for 3 night swims today.

ACC commit
1 year ago

Pitt men will perform at a high level next week, much due to the development of their recruits. Women are traditionally much harder to develop at a college level, and therefore are much more dependent on bringing in established swimmers. My guess is that the success of the men’s team will help elevate pitts reputation as a swimming school and draw in higher level recruits, much like UVA, who didnt get top recruits until recent.

Reply to  ACC commit
1 year ago

I think looking at the history over the last 25 years — Pitt and UVA don’t really fit into a comparison

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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