2024 ACC Championships, Day 5 Scratches: Berkoff Drops 200 BK, Goes in on #3 100 FR Seed




  1. Virginia — 1178.5
  2. NC State — 869
  3. Louisville — 841
  4. UNC — 627.5
  5. Duke — 621.5
  6. Florida State — 435
  7. Virgina Tech — 429.5
  8. Georgia Tech — 392
  9. Notre Dame — 366
  10. Pitt — 332
  11. Miami (FL) — 299


  1. NC State — 1063.5
  2. Notre Dame — 746.5
  3. Virginia Tech — 666.5
  4. Louisville — 664
  5. Florida State — 538
  6. Virgina — 534.5
  7. UNC — 529
  8. Pitt — 438
  9. Georgia Tech — 392
  10. Duke — 198
  11. Miami — 94

This morning’s last ACC prelims session is set to feature the women’s and men’s 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and early 1650 free heats plus men’s platform diving prelims.

After winning the 100 back yesterday, NC State’s Katharine Berkoff has opted out of the 200 back for day five prelims, where she was the top seed by a second-and-a-half. This now gives Virginia Tech’s Caroline Bentz the new top seed at 1:52.43.

Instead, Berkoff will swim the 100 free, where she is seeded third at 47.18. She’s setting herself up for a sprint freestyle re-match against UVA duo #1 Gretchen Walsh (46.40) and #2 Jasmine Nocentini (46.75). Previously in the 50 free final, Berkoff settled for third at 21.23 behind the UVA 1-2 finish from Walsh and Nocentini. Notably, Berkoff led off the 200 free relay in a PB of 21.14, but still would have placed third in the final.

During the 400 medley relay finals, Berkoff swam freestyle instead of backstroke for NC State, splitting an attention-grabbing 46.09. That’s a few tenths faster than Walsh and Nocentini’s entry times. Berkoff’s 2023 career flat-start best sits at 46.87, not far off Nocentini’s 46.75 PB. However, Walsh is the one swimmer of the three to break 46 seconds with a 45.61 PB.

On a different note, teammate Abby Arens is scratching her No.11 seed in the 100 free (48.89) in favor of her strong No. 4 seed in the 200 breast. Her entry time is 2:07.57, within striking distance of No. 2 Virginia’s Ella Nelson (2:06.10) and No. 3 Duke’s Kaelyn Gridley (2:06.92). Arens was the 100 breast runner-up earlier in the meet.

After winning the 200 IM, NC State’s Arsenio Bustos will be taking on the 200 breast. Bustos scratched his No.20 100 free seed (43.36). Instead, he his seeded 17th in the 200 breast at 1:57.65. Previously, Bustos placed 17th to win the 200 free C-final.

Though NC State saw scratches from No.4 Lance Norris and No. 7 Samuel Flack in the 1650 free, the Wolfpack still has four swimmers up, including top two seeds Kenneth Nelson and Ross Dant.

Collectively, NC State saw six notable scratches from day five prelims.


Women’s 200 Back

Men’s 200 Back

Women’s 100 Free

Men’s 200 Breast

  • #8 Conall Monahan (NC State)

Men’s 1650 Free

  • #4 Lance Norris (NC State )
  • #7 Samuel Flack (NC State)
  • #13 Jack Rowell (Florida State)

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Joel Lin
1 month ago

Like the narrow emphasis for Berkoff this Olympic cycle: all in for 100 back & a spot on the 4×100 free relay. Considering how crazy deep the US women’s 100 back is going into Trials & also how fantastic Berkoff is of late in sprint free, that Olympic team spot in the free relay is a realistic chance now.

Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

With the prelims/semis/finals format it will probably take 53.5 to make top 6.

Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Kind of disagree that she’s had a narrow focus. She’s made huge strides in the sprint frees and I think there’s a decent chance she makes the US 400 free relay.

Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

Hi welcome to SCY NCAA season, the *main* emphasis the month.

Check back in June to talk Olympics.

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Nick has had the passion for swimming since his first dive in the water in middle school, immediately falling for breaststroke. Nick had expanded to IM events in his late teens, helping foster a short, but memorable NCAA Div III swim experience at Calvin University. While working on his B.A. …

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