Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
Behind NC State’s stellar ACC Championship run on the women’s side was one shockingly dominant race.
The Wolfpack women went 1-2-3-4 in the 400 IM. Sophomore Kathleen Moore, the conference champ, was 4:05.24 – that’s good enough for 11th at NCAAs last year. Runner-up Makayla Sargent (4:06.19) and third-place Emma Muzzy (4:06.89) were both under what it took to score at NCAAs last year, and fourth-place Julia Poole was 4:07.65, well under the 4:09.5 currently projected as the NCAA invite time.
The event has come on strong for the Wolfpack in a hurry. Last year, the team had three A finalists at ACCs – the now-graduated Hannah Moore led with a second place finish while Moore and Poole were 4th and 6th as freshmen. But the two years prior to that, Hannah Moore was the team’s only A finalist.
All four women came from very different places a year ago. Here’s a look at where all four were at this time last year:
|Swimmer||2019 ACC Finish||2018 At This Time|
|Kathleen Moore||1st – 4:05.24||4th at ACCs – 4:09.18|
|Makayla Sargent||2nd – 4:06.19||
Gap Year – lifetime-best was 4:10.78 from 2017
|Emma Muzzy||3rd – 4:06.89||
High School Senior – lifetime-best was 4:06.72
|Julia Poole||4th – 4:07.65||6th at ACCs – 4:10.08|
All four return and will look to recreate their 1-2-3-4 sweep in 2019.
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