Emma Muzzy: “Didn’t Think About Times At All” Before 200 Back (Video)


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  1. Emma Muzzy (NC State) – 1:51.66
  2. Megan Moroney (UVA) – 1:51.98
  3. Emma Seiberlich (UVA) – 1:52.54

NC State freshman Emma Muzzy ran down UVA’s Megan Moroney on the final few strokes, surged ahead at the finish, and touched in 1:51.66 to take the victory. Moroney was in the lead at the halfway point, and appeared to have the event sewed up after splitting 28.00 on the 3rd leg, but she faded to a 29.88 on the final 50 while Muzzy closed in 28.30. UVA swept the next three spots, with Moroney touching 2nd in 1:51.98, and Emma Seiberlich taking 3rd in 1:52.54.


  1. Kathleen Moore (NC State) – 4:05.24
  2. Makayla Sargent (NC State) – 4:06.19
  3. Emma Muzzy (NC State) – 4:06.89

Call it the #BernadinoEffect? NC State absolutely rocked this event, sweeping the top four spots and picking up a whopping 162 points, rocketing them out to a 139-point lead over Louisville.

Defending champion Reka Gyorgy of Virginia Tech looked to be in control through the first half of the race, but the Wolfpack women began creeping up on her during the breaststroke leg, and she just could not hold them off. She would end up in 5th, touching in 4:08.72, over four seconds slower than her winning time from last year.

NC State’s Makayla Sargent took over the lead during the breaststroke leg, but teammate Kathleen Moore out split her down the stretch, with Moore touching first in 4:05.24. Sargent held on to finish 2nd in 4:06.19, followed by freshman Emma Muzzy (4:06.89) and 200 IM winner Julia Poole (4:07.65).

NC State earned a whopping 162 points in this event, dramatically altering the look of the team race, as they went from a 14 point lead over UVA to a 139 point over Louisville.


  1. Elise Haan (NC State) – 51.43
  2. Megan Moroney (UVA) – 51.96
  3. Carly Quast (Notre Dame) – 52.06

Elise Haan successfully defended her title in this event; she was 51.43 tonight after going 50.75 last year, but that was still more than enough as she defeated UVA’s Megan Moroney by over half a second.

Notre’s Dame Carly Quast swam to a personal best time of 52.06 for 3rd, just ahead of a pair of Duke swimmers, Alyssa Marsh (52.18) and Madeline Hess (52.27). Neither UVA’s Caroline Gmelich (52.71) nor NC State’s Emma Muzzy (53.35) could quite match their times from this morning. UVA’s Marcella Maguire appeared to slip off the start, putting her immediately about a body length behind, and she couldn’t quite make up the distance, finishing 8th in 54.01, almost two seconds slower than her time from this morning.

UVA has made up a ton of points over the last three events, and they’ve narrowed NC State’s lead to 18 points, while opening up a 102 point lead over Louisville. Each of those three schools has a woman in the platform diving finals, so barring any DQs in the 400 medley relay, we shouldn’t see any massive shift in scores heading into tomorrow.

Final Team Scores:

1. North Carolina State University 1353
2. Virginia, University of 1282
3. Louisville, University of 1146
4. Notre Dame, University of 909.5
5. Duke University 764
6. Florida State University 727
7. North Carolina, University of, 700.5
8. VA Tech 477.5
9. Georgia Institute of Technolog 360
10. Pittsburgh, University of 334
11. University of Miami (Florida) 293.5
12. Boston College 154

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3 years ago

Congrats Emma!!!

Wolves Eating Sheep
3 years ago

I bet you it felt great for Muzzy to win the race after the girl from UVA in the lane next to her was caught on video spitting in her lane right before the race! Real classy, UVA. Great job NC STATE! Good things happen to good people. If you don’t believe me, ask the NC State Coach for the video – he had it on Instagram yesterday, but it has since been removed. GO PACK!

Reply to  Wolves Eating Sheep
3 years ago

It was kind of posted as a funny joke saying that all of her opponents need to do this if it makes her swim faster. I don’t think it was malicious, probably just the angle in which she spit. Let’s make this about Emma and not making everything about State being disrespected.

Wolves Eating Sheep
Reply to  FLwolfpack
3 years ago

Have you ever been spit on in a non-malicious manner? If so, was it a funny joke when that person spit in your direction?

Reply to  Wolves Eating Sheep
3 years ago

They were waiting to get on the starting blocks and she spit in the water. I am sure there is plenty of saliva already in the water. I have played sports and often spit on the playing surface.

Reply to  FLwolfpack
3 years ago

Did she spit or did she spit water? Spitting any place but the gutter is gross. If spitting water then you politely inform them you peed in the pool during warmup.

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