Louisville Men End NC State’s Streak, Capture The Cards’ First ACC Championship

by Robert Gibbs 21

February 27th, 2021 ACC, College, News

2021 ACC Men’s Swimming Championships

  • When: Wednesday, February 24th to Saturday, February 27th Prelims 10:00 am | Finals 6:00 pm (1650 prelims Saturday at 4:00 pm)
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: North Carolina State University (NC State) (29x, 6th-straight) (results)
  • Streaming: ACC Network
  • Championship Central: Here
  • Detailed Timeline: Here
  • Psych Sheets: Here
  • Live Results
  • Saturday Finals Heat Sheets

In perhaps the most exciting ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in recent memory, the Louisville Cardinal men topped the NC State Wolfpack by two points to capture the Cardinals’ first ACC Championship.

The Cardinals joined the ACC in the 2014-2015 season, and under Head Coach Arthur Albiero they have been in the thick of things ever since, taking 2nd behind NC State every year from 2015-2019, then slipping to 3rd last year after getting their 200 medley relay disqualified on the first day of competition.

This year, it was NC State’s 400 medley relay disqualification last night that proved to be the difference, but that’s no slight on a powerful Cardinals team that won a total of 7 events:

Louisville Victories

Somov won his 4th-straight title in the 100 breast, while Albiero won match that feat in the 200 fly. Whyte won the 200 back after finishing 2nd the last two years. But what really stood out for the Cardinals was the increased contributions from some of the guys further down the roster.

Sophomore Ilia Sibirtsev came up big with a 3rd-place finish in the 1650, scoring a total of 40 points after scoring 7 last year. Tanner Cummings increased his individual points from 11 to 42, while Michael Eastman went from 27 points last year to 58 this year, and both men were a key part of Louisville’s sprint free relays. Haridi Sameh, who already had a solid showing last year as a freshman, took it to another level this year, finishing in the top three in both sprint freestyles and taking 9th in the 100 fly.

Conference Swimming Roster

Divers Kivanc Gur, Daniel Pinto, Logan Smith, and Adam Sneden, competing last week, combined for 120 points, which also proved to be instrumental in the team’s conference title.

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PFA
3 months ago

Well earned and well deserved win for the cardinals.

Yup
3 months ago

#NCStateStuff = relay DQs too….

Swim85
Reply to  Yup
3 months ago

NC State hadn’t DQ relay in 6 years prior to yesterday. Louisville DQed their ACC title relay last year. It happens

HGtvman
3 months ago

Way for NC state to fight back after the relay DQ. The meet was one of the most exciting in years.