UVA Def. UNC (Women’s Recap)
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
- January 21, 2022
- Meet Mobile: “Virginia vs. North Carolina”
- Full Swimming Results (PDF)
- Full Diving Results (PDF)
- Women’s Scoring:
- Virginia 168-UNC 126
Full men’s recap to follow.
UVA hosted UNC on Friday, January 21st in a co-ed dual meet. This used to be the most-heated rivalry in the ACC, though some of that intensity has waned in recent years as NC State and Virginia have battled for conference titles.
The UVA women are coming off of a win over rivals Virginia Tech last weekend. UNC had their meet against NC State postponed last weekend due to COVID-19 protocols.
The UVA women cruised to a 168-126 victory over UNC. The UVA women won 10 out of 14 events, and they exhibitioned races after the 100 butterfly.
UVA started the meet off strong going 1-2 in their 400 medley relays. The ‘A’ relay of Kate Douglass (51.84), Alexis Wenger (58.46), Gretchen Walsh (51.72), and Reilly Tiltmann (49.88) won in a time of 3:31.90. Douglass, Wenger, and Tiltmann were all members of the 400 medley relay that placed second at the 2021 NCAA Championships. The school’s ‘B’ relay of Ella Bathurst (54.81), Alex Walsh (58.56), Lexi Cuomo (53.74), and Kate Morris (50.40) swam a total time of 3:37.51.
For the versatile Douglass, who is the defending Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 IM, that time in the 100 back is a new personal best. It drops half-a-second off her old best time of 52.39 that was done on a relay leadoff against UNC two seasons ago: a meet with similar timing.
While Douglass rarely swims backstroke races on taper, she continues to show off an incredible versatility that makes her arguably the most valuable swimmer in the NCAA. Improvements in her backstroke races makes her international prospects even scarier: at the Olympics, the backstroke leg was her biggest weakness. Her split in the final was 33.93. That’s as compared to 32.68 for her teammate Alex Walsh who got silver, and 32.50 for Japan’s Yui Ohashi, who took gold.
In fact, Douglass had the slowest backstroke split in the final by more than four-tenths of a second.
Her time from Friday morning ranks her 15th in the NCAA this season Only her freshman teammate Gretchen Walsh (50.89, 51.12, 51.15) and World Record holder Maggie MacNeil (51.46) have been faster in dual meets this season.
Madelyn Donohoe, a junior, continued the momentum for UVA as she won the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:16.65. That time was off of her time from last weekend at Virginia Tech as she went a 10:00.69 then. Junior Ella Nelson finished second in a time of 10:28.79. This was Nelson’s first time swimming the 1000 all season.
The wins for UVA did not stop there as the Cavaliers went on to sweep the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Alex Walsh went on to win the event in a time of 1:46.64. This was her first time racing the event all season, but last season at the NCAA Championships she finished fourth in a time of 1:43.61. Freshman Reilly Tiltmann, who spent the spring semester at UVA last year, earned a second place finish in a time of 1:48.43. This was half of a second ahead of what she went last weekend at Virginia Tech (1:48.93). Freshman Emma Weyant completed the sweep earning a third place finish in a time of 1:49.13.
UVA also went on to sweep the 100 breaststroke. Junior Kate Douglass won the event in a time of 59.48. This was her fastest dual-meet swim in the event of the season so far. Senior Alexis Wenger earned a second place finish with a time of 59.73. Wenger finished third in the event at the 2021 NCAA Championships with a time of 57.67. Sophomore Anna Keating finished off the sweep swimming a time of 1:01.64. This was almost a second faster than last weekend for Keating as at Virginia Tech she went a 1:02.59.
The Walsh sisters showed off their sprinting abilities as Gretchen won the 50 freestyle in a time of 22.03. She almost won the event by a second as second place finisher Olivia Nel (UNC) swam a time of 23.01. Alex Walsh won the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.59. She was the only swimmer to go under-49 seconds.
UVA continued their breaststroke dominance sweeping the 200 breaststroke as well. Douglass won the event in a time of 2:05.67. Douglass holds the top time in the NCAA this season with a time of 2:03.58 from midseason. This, however, was another dual-meet-best time for her. Wenger earned a second place finish with a time of 2:12.63, and Keating finished the sweep with a time of 2:14.77.
Grace Countie led the way for UNC as the senior earned an individual victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.35. That was a season best for Countie as she swam a time of 52.91 at midseason. Countie also earned a second place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.01 behind winner Alex Walsh.
Senior Sophie Lindner picked up another win for the Tar Heels winning the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:56.11. That ties her season best which she swam at midseason. Lindner swam a time of 1:52.69 in the event at the 2021 NCAA Championships to earn her a 13th place finish.
Mia Duus, a freshman, won the 400 IM for the Tar Heels in a time of 4:20.47. Duus swam a time of 4:15.36 at midseason earning her the NCAA ‘B’ cut and placing her 60th in the NCAA this season.
Other first-place finishes include:
- 200 butterfly: Abby Harter, UVA (1:58.11)
- 500 freestyle: Carter Bristow, UVA (4:57.55)
- 100 butterfly: Gretchen Walsh, UVA (52.43)
- 200 freestyle relay: UNC (1:30.69)
UNC’s next meet is scheduled for Friday, January 28th at Duke. UVA has their next meet scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 22nd against NC State in Charlottesville.