2022 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
- When: Tuesday, February 15th to Saturday, February 19th Prelims 10:00am | Finals 6:00 pm (Tuesday 11:00am/4:30pm)
- Where: McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta Georgia (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champions
- Streaming: ACC Network
- Championship Central: Here
- Detailed Timeline: Here
- Psych Sheets: Here
- Live Results
The swimming portion of the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships gets started tonight with timed finals of the 800 free relay. This is a new format, as usually men and women compete on separate weeks, and the first night of competition features the 200 medley and 800 free relay.
Instead, tonight we will have timed finals of both the women’s and men’s 800 free relay, as well as finals of the women’s 1m and men’s 3m diving.
The NC State women top the 800 free relay psych sheet with a 7:03.72, but watch for the race to be much faster than that. Similarly, the Wolfpack men lead the psych sheet with a 6:13.95, but we could see NC State, Louisville, and perhaps another team or two edge towards, or get under, 6:10.
In terms of diving, UNC sophomore Aranza Vazquez led prelims with 339.10. Vazquez won the 3m and the platform events last year, and and took 2nd in the 1m. On the men’s side, Miami’s Max Flory led prelims this morning with a score of 429.80, but both UNC and Florida State put two men into the top eight, so they should haul in some early diving points this evening.
Women’s 1m Diving – Finals
Duke freshman Margo O’Meara moved up from 2nd in prelims to secure her first ACC title, narrowly winning the 1m over Miami’s Mia Vallee, who won this event last year. Vallee’s teammate Emma Gullstrand took 3rd, while last year’s runner-up, UNC’s Aranza Vazquez finished just outside a podium position with a score of 338.65.
Women’s 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 7:00.86
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 7:05.88
Meet Record – 6:54.31, UVA (2021)
- Conference Record – 6:52.56, UVA (2021)
- Virginia – 6:53.37
- NC State – 6:59.04
- Louisville – 7:00.62
The Virginia Cavaliers stormed to a new meet record, taking down their own mark by nearly a second. Reilly Tiltmann led off in 1:43.63 to establish an early lead, then Ella Nelson split 1:43.49 on the second leg. Ella Bathurst kept things moving with a 1:44.72 split, then Alex Walsh stormed home with a 1:41.63 anchor leg, as the Cavaliers won by over five seconds.
NC State took 2nd in 6:59.04. Abbey Webb (1:44.83), Annabel Crush (1:44.42), and Kate Moore (1:44.20) all split 1:44s, then Julia Poole anchored in 1:45.59. Their combined time was just about six-tenths of a second slower than their 2nd-lace time from last year of 6:58.48.
Louisville lopped nearly seven seconds off of last year’s time to take 3rd. Arina Openysheva led off in 1:45.49, then Paige Hetrick split 1:43.44 after splitting 1:47.41 last year as a freshman. Newcomer Polina Nevmovenko split 1:44.94, then Alena Kraus anchored in 1:46.75, as the Cardinals touched in 7:00.62, just under the NCAA ‘A’ cut.
Emma Atkinson led off for Virginia Tech in 1:44.25, keeping Tiltmann in her sights and propelling the Hokies to a school record time of 7:01.32. The second heat proved to be a great battle, as Duke beat their archrivals UNC 7:05.32 to 7:05.35, with both schools getting under the NCAA ‘B’ cut and Duke setting a school record. Last year, Duke went 7:10.46 here, while a depleted UNC squad went 7:14.77. Glancing down the rest of the results, every school except Georgia Tech swam faster than they did last year, with Boston College setting a new school record.
Men’s 800 Free Relay – Timed Finals
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 6:16.80
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 6:21.32
Meet Record – 6:09.82, NC State (2017)
- Conference Record – 6:05.31, NC State (2018)
- NC State – 6:08.35
- Louisville – 6:09.84
- Virgina – 6:13.71
On paper, it looked like this race should come down to NC State and Louisville, and sure enough, those were the top two team by a sizable margin, although the Wolfpack won by nearly 1.5s, setting a new meet record.
We’ve been getting some Sam Hoover hype in the comments lately, and sure enough, the freshman delivered, leading off the Wolfpack with a 1:32.62, setting a new personal best by over two seconds. Luke Miller extended the NC State lead with a 1:31.03, which could make him the early favorite to win the individual 200 free later this week. Last year, as a freshman, he took 3rd in the 200 free with a 1:32.93. Eric Knowles split 1:32.73, then Hunter Tapp anchored in 1:31.97. Tapp took 4th individually last season with a 1:33.93. Their combined time of 6:08.35 bested the previous meet record of 6:09.82, which NC State set back in 2017. Last year, NC State won with a time of 6:12.68
Louisville took 2nd in 6:09.84. Brazilian Olympian Murilo Sartori led off in 1:32.38, followed by Nick Albiero (1:31.82), Israel Olympian Denis Loktev (1:33.28), and 2020 individually 200 free champion Colton Paulson (1:32.37). The Cardinals set a new school record in the process, getting under 6:10 for the first time. Last year, the Cardinals took 3rd with a time of 6:16.61.
Like the top two teams, the Virginia Cavaliers shaved several seconds off of last year’s time, improving from 6:17.89 to 6:13.71. Matt Brownstead, who won the 50 and the 100 freestyles here last year, led off in 1:33.48. Freshman Jack Aikins split 1:33.50 on the second leg, over two seconds faster than his individual best of 1:35.87 from just over a week ago. Justin Grender split 1:34.07, then Jack Wright anchored in 1:32.66.
Virginia Tech took 4th in 6:14.19, just 0.16s slower than their 2nd-place finish from last year. The Hokies were put in an early hole when Blake Manoff led off in 1:35.02 (versus 1:32.23 last year), but Carles Coll Marti and Antani Ivanov both improved from last year’s ACC splits, while Luis Dominguez split 1:34.27 in his ACC debut.
UNC improved by exactly four seconds from last year to take 5th in 6:16.96, just outside the NCAA ‘A’ cut, but establishing a new school record. FSU and Pitt both shaved a few seconds off of last year’s time, with both FSU and Georgia Tech nabbing ‘B’ cuts. Boston College improved from 6:42.48 last year to 6:33.47 tonight and took three seconds off of the school record. Duke and Notre Dame both drew disqualifications, as Duke apparently swam in a different order than listed on relay card, and Notre Dame’s leadoff swimmer false started.
Men’s 3m Diving – Finals
- Max Flory (Miami) – 448.50
- Anton Down-Jenkins (UNC) – 445.10
- Alexander Hart (UNC) – 406.40
The top three finishers from this morning’s prelims retained their exact positions in finals, with Miami’s Max Flory beating UNC’s Anton Down-Jenkins by just over three points, 448.50 to 445.10. The Tar Heels took two of the three podium positions, as Alexander Hart secured 3rd with a score of 406.40
Scores After Day 1
With one diving event complete and just one swimming event, the standings are currently weighted toward teams that are stronger in diving. Expect these standings to change fairly drastically tomorrow, when there will be four swimming events.
- Miami (FL) – 119
- Duke – 111
- North Carolina/Virgina – 96
- Notre Dame – 95
- NC State – 81
- Virginia Tech – 74
- Georgia Tech – 63
- Louisville – 61
- Florida State – 46
- Pittsburgh – 40
- Boston College – 30
- North Carolina – 105
- Louisville – 102
- Florida State – 97
- Virginia Tech – 86
- NC State/Georgia Tech – 84
- Pittsburgh – 75
- Virginia – 62
- Duke – 46
- Boston College – 43
- Miami (FL) – 32