2022 ACC Championships: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


We’ve got an excellent team battle on our hands as we move into Day 3 of the 2022 ACC Championships, as the University of Virginia women hold a slim six-point lead on NC State. In the men’s meet, the Wolfpack have jumped out to a big early lead and appear to be swimming lights out.

Thursday morning prelims will feature heats in the 400 IM, 100 fly and 200 free, plus women’s 3-meter diving.

After cruising to victory in the 200 IM last night, UVA sophomore Alex Walsh has opted not to swim the 400 IM—an event she plans on racing at NCAAs—in favor of the 200 free this morning. Walsh is only the 10th seed in the 200 free, but threw down a blistering 1:41-plus split on Wednesday night’s 800 free relay.

In her absence, Cavalier teammate Ella Nelson is the top seed in the women’s 400 IM, and will aim to defend her title after setting a new meet record in 2021 (4:02.62).

The women’s 100 fly is headlined by defending champ Kate Douglass, a UVA junior who was the NCAA runner-up last season.

On the men’s side, Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan comes in as the defending champion and top seed in the 100 fly, while the 200 free is stacked with contenders, including reigning champ Batur Unlu from Georgia Tech. The top seed is NC State sophomore Luke Miller, who was the fastest swimmer on the 800 free relay (1:31.03 split).

In the 400 IM, with 2021 winner Jack Hoagland redshirting the season due to injury, the event appears to be pretty wide open, with Wolfpack sophomore Mikey Moore the #1 seed after going 3:43.85 in November. Last season’s runner-up, Virginia Tech’s Keith Myburgh, is in the field as the sixth seed.

Women’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 4:03.62
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 4:13.19
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 4:17.30
  • Meet Record – 4:02.62, Ella Nelson (UVA), 2021
  • Conference Record – 4:01.40, Alex Walsh (UVA), 2021
  1. Ella Nelson (UVA), 4:06.48
  2. Grace Sheble (NCS), 4:07.36
  3. Emma Weyant (UVA), 4:07.80
  4. Reka Gyorgy (VT), 4:09.20
  5. Kate Moore (NCS), 4:09.43
  6. Abby Hay (LOU), 4:10.65
  7. Rye Ulett (LOU), 4:12.29
  8. Luciana Thomas (ND), 4:12.86

Defending champion Ella Nelson cruised in for the top seed heading into tonight’s final in the women’s 400 IM, doing just enough to hold off NC State’s Grace Sheble and win the fifth and final circle-seeded heat in 4:06.48.

Nelson, a junior out of UVA, currently ranks second in the NCAA with her time of 4:02.19 from the Tennessee Invite in November, trailing only teammate Alex Walsh (4:01.40) who opted not to race the event this morning.

Sheble, a freshman, had a very strong showing to qualify second for the final in 4:07.36, dipping well under her season-best of 4:08.91.

Cavalier freshman and Olympic silver medalist in this event, Emma Weyant, pulled away from Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy and NC State’s Kate Moore on the back-half of the race in Heat 4 to advance third overall in 4:07.80, having come in with a best of 4:03.69 from November.

Fifth-years Gyorgy (4:09.20) and Moore (4:09.43) easily move on to the final in fourth and fifth, having finished 2-3 in the event last season behind Nelson.

Also earning repeat spots in the championship final are Louisville’s Abby Hay (4:10.65) and Notre Dame’s Luciana Thomas (4:12.86), who moved on in sixth and eighth, respectively.

In seventh is Louisville freshman Rye Ulett, who graduated high school early and joined the Cardinals last month. In her first swim of the meet, Ulett knocked two and a half seconds off her best time to qualify for the final in 4:12.29, having previously been 4:14.75 back in December.

Continuing the trend from Wednesday’s prelims, the time required to make the ‘A’ final here was significantly faster than it was in 2021. Last season it only took 4:15.34 to advance into the top eight, while today it was nearly two and a half seconds faster at 4:12.86.

Men’s 400 IM – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 3:39.16
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 3:45.67
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 3:51.46
  • Meet Record – 3:38.43, Robert Owen (VT), 2017
  • Conference Record – 3:38.00, Gal Nevo (VT), 2009
  1. Mikey Moore (NCS), 3:42.89
  2. Filippo Dal Maso (VT), 3:44.17
  3. Eric Knowles (NCS), 3:44.49
  4. Casey Storch (UVA), 3:44.78
  5. Daniel Sos (LOU), 3:45.69
  6. Sean Conway (UVA), 3:47.24
  7. Keith Myburgh (VT), 3:47.42
  8. Bernhard Christianson (ND), 3:48.09

NC State sophomore Mikey Moore defended his top seed in the men’s 400 IM in definitive fashion, winning the fourth and final heat in a new personal best time of 3:42.89.

Moore, who finished fifth in last year’s final as a freshman, had set the conference’s top time (and a PB) of 3:43.85 back at the NC State Invite in November.

Trailing Moore in the fourth heat was Virginia Tech senior Filippo Dal Maso (3:44.17) and Wolfpack fifth-year Eric Knowles (3:44.49), who qualified second and third overall.

Dal Maso, an Italian native who was seventh last season, chops eight tenths off his previous best time of 3:44.97 from March 2020, while Knowles swims his fastest time since the 2020 ACCs.

Virginia’s Casey Storch won the opening circle-seeded heat in a season-best time of 3:44.78 to qualify in fourth, while the penultimate heat went to Louisville’s Daniel Sos in 3:45.69.

Women’s 100 Fly – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 50.92
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 52.70
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 53.76
  • Meet Record – 49.96, Kate Douglass (UVA), 2021
  • Conference Record – 49.43, Kelsi Dahlia (LOU), 2017
  1. Kate Douglass (UVA), 49.94
  2. Gabi Albiero (LOU), 51.29
  3. Kylee Alons (NCS), 51.39
  4. Tristen Ulett (LOU), 51.43
  5. Coleen Gillilan (ND), 51.92
  6. Lexi Cuomo (UVA), 52.21
  7. Abby Arens (NCS), 52.25
  8. Elizabeth Vannote (UNC), 52.31

Kate Douglass torched the field en route to setting a new ACC Championship Record of 49.94 in the women’s 100 butterfly, bettering her previous mark of 49.96 set last season.

Douglass’ time moves her past Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil (49.97) for the top time in the NCAA this season, with MacNeil slated to race the event at the Big Ten Championships on Friday. Douglass was the runner-up to MacNeil at the 2021 NCAAs where the UVA junior set her current PB of 49.55.

Louisville’s Gabi Albiero, who finished fourth as a freshman last season, nailed a new personal best of 51.29 to advance second into the final, lowering the 51.59 she clocked at the 2021 ACCs.

Also setting a best time and earning a spot in the top four this morning was Albiero’s Cardinal teammate Tristen Ulett, who cracked 52 seconds for the first time in 51.43 to qualify fourth. Ulett set her previous best of 52.01 back in December 2019.

NC State’s Kylee Alons hit a new season-best to qualify third in 51.39, having placed third last year in 50.74. The 2021 runner-up, UVA’s Lexi Cuomo, safely advanced in sixth at 52.21.

Men’s 100 Fly – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 44.96
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 46.29
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 47.43
  • Meet Record – 44.32, Youssef Ramadan (VT), 2021
  • Conference Record – 44.32, Youssef Ramadan (VT), 2021
  1. Antani Ivanov (VT), 45.03
  2. Nyls Korstanje (NCS), 45.06
  3. Nicolas Albiero (LOU), 45.08
  4. Youssef Ramadan (VT), 45.39
  5. Abdelrahman Elaraby (LOU), 45.60
  6. Noah Henderson (NCS), 45.68
  7. Aiden Hayes (NCS), 45.79
  8. Christian Ferraro (GT), 45.84

Virginia Tech senior Antani Ivanov was the lone swimmer to come home sub-24 in the men’s 100 fly prelims as the Bulgarian Olympian establishes the top time of the morning in 45.03.

Ivanov split 21.44/23.59 to hit a new season-best time from the first circle-seeded heat, and the clocking ultimately held up as the fastest of the session as NC State junior Nyls Korstanje (45.06) and Ivanov’s VT teammate Youssef Ramadan (45.39) won the last two heats to advance in second and fourth, respectively.

Louisville fifth-year Nicolas Albiero, who was the second-place finisher behind Ramadan last season, put up the third-fastest time overall from the penultimate heat in 45.08. That marked a new season-best for Albiero by eight-tenths of a second.

Joining Albiero in the ‘A’ final will be teammate Abdelrahman Elaraby, who knocked over two-tenths off his lifetime best to advance in fifth at 45.60.

NC State put three men up into the ‘A’ final, with junior Noah Henderson (45.68) and freshman Aiden Hayes (45.79) joining Korstanje in tonight’s big heat. The time for Henderson is a new PB, improving on his 45.83 from the 2021 NCAAs, while Hayes hits his fastest collegiate time ever after coming in with a season-best of 46.57 from November. Hayes owns a PB of 45.47.

Sneaking into the eighth spot was Georgia Tech fifth-year Christian Ferraro, who makes the ‘A’ final for a second straight year in 45.84. Louisville’s Dalton Lowe hit a season-best of 45.91 but just missed out on the final.

In fact, Lowe and FSU’s Max McCusker had tied for ninth in last year’s prelims, and now they finish in ninth and 10th, respectively.

Women’s 200 Free – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:42.98
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 1:46.25
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 1:47.12
  • Meet Record – 1:41.60, Mallory Comerford (LOU), 2019
  • Conference Record – 1:39.80, Mallory Comerford (LOU), 2018
  1. Alex Walsh (UVA), 1:44.54
  2. Sarah Foley (DUKE), 1:45.17
  3. Reilly Tiltmann (UVA), 1:45.19
  4. Paige Hetrick (LOU), 1:45.35
  5. Abbey Webb (NCS) / Emma Atkinson (VT), 1:45.60
  6. Annabel Crush (NCS), 1:45.66
  7. Polina Nevmovenko (LOU), 1:46.23

Virginia’s Alex Walsh eased her way to the top seed for tonight’s final in the women’s 200 freestyle, registering the third-fastest swim of her career in 1:44.54.

Walsh, who would’ve been the favorite to win the 400 IM had she opted to swim that event, is coming off a blistering 1:41.63 anchor leg on Tuesday night’s 800 free relay, so we should expect her to be at least two seconds quicker than she was this morning in the final.

The sophomore owns a best time of 1:43.61, set in last season’s NCAA prelims before she ultimately finished fifth in the final (1:44.12).

Duke sophomore Sarah Foley put up the second-fastest time of the session in 1:45.17, having smashed her career best time by two seconds leading off the 800 free relay at the beginning of the meet (1:43.85). Foley didn’t even swim this event at ACCs as a freshman.

The entire ‘A’ final will be made up of first and second-year swimmers, with Louisville sophomore Paige Hetrick the only returning finalist from last season.

Virginia freshman Reilly Tiltmann qualified third in 1:45.19, having set a new PB of 1:43.53 leading off the 800 free relay on Tuesday. Hetrick, who was sixth as a freshman, advances in fourth at 1:45.35, just off her PB of 1:45.00 set in January.

NC State’s Abbey Webb and Virginia Tech’s Emma Atkinson, both sophomores, tied for sixth in 1:45.60, and Wolfpack freshman Annabel Crush sits seventh at 1:45.66. Coming into the meet, Crush and Hetrick shared the conference’s top time this season at 1:45.00.

The battle for eighth also came down to two first-years, as Louisville’s Polina Nevmovenko (1:46.23) snagged the last spot in the final over UVA’s Ella Bathurst (1:46.29).

Men’s 200 Free – Prelims

  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 1:32.05
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 1:34.04
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 1:36.32
  • Meet Record – 1:32.23, Phillip Manoff (VT), 2021
  • Conference Record – 1:31.32, Andreas Vazaios (NCS), 2018
  1. Bartosz Piszczorowicz (NCS), 1:33.23
  2. Murilo Sartori (LOU), 1:33.39
  3. Batur Unlu (GT), 1:33.49
  4. Luke Miller (NCS), 1:33.73
  5. Sam Hoover (NCS), 1:33.77
  6. Noah Bowers (NCS), 1:33.96
  7. Hunter Tapp (NCS), 1:33.99
  8. Colton Paulson (LOU), 1:34.02

The men’s 200 free prelims was unsurprisingly a tightly-contested affair with the top 12 swimmers separated by just 1.09 seconds. NC State managed to rack up five men into tonight’s championship final, led by junior Bartosz Piszczorowicz.

Piszczorowicz, a Polish native who previously competed for Louisville, put up a new personal best time of 1:33.23 to grab Lane 4 for the final, having set his previous best of 1:33.49 back at the 2019 ACCs.

Louisville freshman Murilo Sartori was the #2 qualifier in 1:33.39, bettering his lifetime best of 1:33.71 set just last month.

Defending champion Batur Unlu took second to Piszczorowicz in the fourth heat, clocking 1:33.49 to advance in fourth, while NC State’s Luke Miller closed things out by winning the final heat in 1:33.73 for fourth.

Miller is the conference’s fastest swimmer this season at 1:32.60, and split 1:31.03 on Tuesday night’s 800 free relay.

Joining Piszczorowicz and Miller in the ‘A’ final for NC State will be freshman Sam Hoover (1:33.77), and juniors Noah Bowers (1:33.96) and Hunter Tapp (1:33.99).

Louisville senior Colton Paulson, who was fifth last year, is the lone man to make the final above 1:34 at 1:34.02.

Seven of the eight ‘B’ finalists were also sub-1:35. Last season, 1:34.99 was eighth in the prelims, and this year, 1:35.00 is 16th.

Women’s 3-Meter Diving – Prelims

  • Meet Record – 439.70, Abby Johnston (DUKE), 2010
  • Conference Record – 439.70, Abby Johnston (DUKE), 2010
  1. Emma Gullstrand (MIA), 376.00
  2. Mia Vallee (MIA), 367.20
  3. Aranza Vazquez (UNC), 344.10
  4. Margo Omeara (DUKE), 333.90
  5. Cami Hidalgo (GT), 327.45
  6. Elizabeth Kaye (UVA), 320.25
  7. Aliyah Watson (DUKE), 308.85
  8. Paige Burrell (UNC), 307.65

The Miami duo of Emma Gullstrand (376.00) and Mia Vallee (367.20) took the top two spots in the women’s 3-meter diving prelims by a wide margin, with UNC and Duke also putting two up.

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2 years ago

Excited for finals and the medley relays. I know they’re different strokes and this is all purely hypothetical, but Gretchen Walsh was 22.0 in the 50 free at the same meet she was 23.0 in the 50 back. She was 21.04 in the 50 free last night. Not saying she’ll go 22.0 in the 50 back, but I think we have a 22 coming. Wonder if they will use Alex or Cuomo on fly, probably Cuomo. I think this relay has a shot at the American record too, and I know Alex has been on it all season, but she does get to go home with a relay American record from last night. However, if they put Alex on, they… Read more »

Golden Panther
2 years ago

Let’s Go Pitt, Let’s Go Pitt, Let’s Go Pitt. Love hearing that chant during finals.

Last edited 2 years ago by Golden Panther
2 years ago

Sartori went 1:32:38 opening the relay, so this is neither a PB nor Miller has the fastest time of the conference this year

Silent Observer
2 years ago

Day 3 High/Mid/Low


400 IM
NCSU: 2/2/1
UVA: 2/1/0
ULOU: 2/1/0
VT: 1/0/0
UNC: 0/0/1

100 Fly
NCSU: 2/0/1
UVA: 2/2/0
ULOU: 2/1/0
VT: 0/2/0
UNC: 1/0/0

200 Free
NCSU: 2/1/0
UVA: 2/2/2
ULOU: 2/2/2
VT: 1/0/2
UNC: 0/1/0

NCSU – 6/3/2
UVA – 6/5/2
ULOU – 6/4/2
VT – 3/2/2
UNC – 1/1/1


400 IM
NCSU: 2/2/0
UVA: 2/1/0
ULOU: 1/1/0
VT: 2/1/1
UNC: 0/0/3

100 Fly
NCSU: 3/1/0
UVA: 0/0/2
ULOU: 2/3/0
VT: 2/1/2
UNC: 0/1/0

200 Free
NCSU: 5/2/0
UVA: 0/2/2
… Read more »

NC Fan
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

Thanks for posting. Agree 2free ended team competition for men if there still was a question. Pack Women hanging tough but UVA just too good at the top. Can’t hang your head sticking this well with much of the US Olympic team.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

Men’s meet is all over but the shoutin. It’s NCS.

NCS women have flexed a lot of depth at this meet, but UVa women just grind you to dust over the course of the 4 days. UVa can’t make a big mistake (DQ a relay or an A final swim), but they should just start to separate tonite. Two really really great teams that might also finish #1 and #2 at NCAAs.

Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

The question is also about how many swims each team is using up on which days and how many make it back for finals.

Yesterday, both NCST and UVA had 16 swims each. UVA had 12 return for finals while NCST had 13. UVA scored more points per person slightly but was slightly less efficient at getting people back for finals.

Today, NCST had 12 women’s swims today with 11 in finals and one DQ that would have scored. UVA had 16 women’s races with only 13 coming back. So it seems statistically that NCST is a little more successful in getting second swims but with UVA’s power six scorers, they are scoring more points per swimmer. … Read more »

Mr. Pack
Reply to  snarky
2 years ago

UVA only had 14 swims today and NCSU had 17 yesterday, so NCSU has 1 more swim.

ACC fan
Reply to  Mr. Pack
2 years ago

What ncsu woman dqd?

Reply to  Mr. Pack
2 years ago

I added them up again twice. Today UVA 14 swims/ NCST 12 swims. Yesterday UVA 16/ NCST 17. UVA has one more so far.

Decatur Wolf
Reply to  Silent Observer
2 years ago

Imagine what the Pack men would be doing if Noe Ponti had not decided to go back home to Switzerland. Geez. They cam to swim.

2 years ago

I thought the jokes about hard to spell Polish names were just jokes but Jesus Christ

Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz
Reply to  N80m80
2 years ago

What you mean friend they not hard?

2 years ago

Strength in Numbers! Go Pack!

Former Big10
2 years ago

Remember when 8 guys going 45 in the 100 fly, at NCAA’s, was considered bonkers?

Reply to  Former Big10
2 years ago

1972 NCAA final – which most then considered to be the greatest NCAA 100 fly final ever:

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
2 years ago


Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
2 years ago

That was also a notorious final because Edgar and Trembley cruised the final to save up for the relay. Very controversial at the time. Hadn’t been done before or since as far as I can recall.

Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Someone got disqualified, I think last year, for coasting the final, didn’t they? I think it was the women’s 100 backstroke?

Edit: It was last year at Big 10’s: https://swimswam.com/a-closer-look-at-honest-effort/ And the DQ could have been due to their “celebration” and not the actual not-trying part.

Last edited 2 years ago by Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  Mediocre Swammer
2 years ago

So pleased to see the discussion about this event. John Trembly, a really fine swimmer from the Albany, NY area.

Reply to  Wahooswimfan
2 years ago

Edgar and Trembley made finals, then knowing 1st and 2nd were beyond reach, essentially just swam for points to rest up for the 400 Free Relay.

Jonny Newsom
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
2 years ago

Couldn’t even imagine swimming down with a 100 fly.

GT Parent
2 years ago

Gotta feel for FSU’s Nick Mason here, I remember him going 3:45 at our invite last year in the IM. To persevere in this sport after training with what I’ve heard was one of swimming’s most abusive coaches(no longer at FSU) is impressive, but this kid has a lot still in the tank. Hoping he can push past his swim. Great to see FSU still doing well, but can’t help but feel for some swimmers. Hopefully none of them get drug tested!

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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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