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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SwimFani
1 year ago

Coach Arthur is an amazing coach. He is gifted with integrity and class. So happy for him, his family and the team. No slight on NCSTATE which is amazing, as led by Coach Holloway (another gentleman and great leader). That first championship is special! Congratulations!!!

NC Fan
1 year ago

And for another of the annual reminders that it is swimming AND diving, Going into the swimming portion amongst the top 4, it was UL 120, NC State 62, VT 142, UVA 0. VT and UvA 3rd and 4th regardless, but that 58 point diving difference was essentially the same as another relay DQ. State has to up their diving game to compete with Texas and Cal annually. Watching UNC start at 214 and only score 515 points more points through the week to go from first to sixth was just so painful, I guess diving can give false hope and take it away.

BAMA BACKER
1 year ago

Does anyone if Pittsburgh improved on Team placing from last year, or the year before that, or the year before that????

ACC fans
Reply to  BAMA BACKER
1 year ago

They definitely need to step up their diving.

Swim Fan
1 year ago

NC State will be back.

ACC fan
Reply to  Swim Fan
1 year ago

they will

Hugh
1 year ago

The disrespect for Ohio State. They won their 2nd straight title and you make the headline about louisville? Louisville only won by 2 points! Ohio state dominated!

Celia
Reply to  Hugh
1 year ago

Ratio

200 SIDESTROKE B CUT
Reply to  Hugh
1 year ago

It’s impressive that Ohio State snuck into the ACC without anyone noticing.

uiwiygiyb
1 year ago

feel bad for whoever dqed that nc state relay last night

Mark Usher
Reply to  uiwiygiyb
1 year ago

15 meter violation by the leadoff swimmer.

Brian
1 year ago

Congratulations to Louisville! The team swam great! So many impressive swims!

Joel Lin
1 year ago

What a meet. Fantastic.