UVA v NC State
- Saturday, January 22, 2022
- Aquatic & Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
- Dual Meet Format
- Live Results on Meet Mobile as “Virginia vs. NC State”
Today’s battle of ACC rivals Virginia and NC State saw some incredibly fast swimming right out of the gate, as UVA freshman Gretchen Walsh scorched a 23.04 leadoff leg on UVA’s 200 medley relay in the very first event of the meet.
According to those at the meet, Walsh (along with most of the rest of the competitors) was not wearing a tech suit, but despite that, Walsh moves to #2 all-time in the 50 yard backstroke, behind only Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil.
WOMEN’S 50 BACK – TOP PERFORMERS ALL-TIME
- Maggie MacNeil – 23.02
- Gretchen Walsh – 23.04
- Katharine Berkoff –23.27
- Rhyan White – 23.35
- Rachel Bootsma – 23.36
With today’s swim, Walsh leapfrogs NC State’s Katharine Berkoff to move to #2 all-time in the event. MacNeil represents Canada internationally, so Walsh is now the fastest American ever in the event, although USA Swimming doesn’t formally recognize American records in the 50 yard non-free events.
We’ll do a full meet recap later, but we’ll also note for now that UVA went 1:33.74 in today’s 200 medley relay. That’s the fastest time in the NCAA this season, with the previous best being the Cavaliers’ own 1:34.16 from the Tennessee Invitational back in November.
That time is actually faster than UVA went at 2021 NCAAs, when they finished 2nd to NC State, 1:33.18 to 1:34.13, but its still about a second shy of the overall record of 1:32.93 that the Cavaliers set at last year’s ACC championships. Walsh is part of the key difference there, as her leadoff time today was a full second faster than the 24.13 UVA got from Caroline Gmelich at NCAAs.
Additionally, Walsh clocked a 50.61 in the 100 backstroke today, improving her season and lifetime best from the 50.89 she went leading off UVA’s 400 medley relay at the Virginia vs. Texas dual meet back in October.