Louisville-Virginia Battle for 2nd Will Come Down to the Wire at ACCs

2019 ACC MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

While NC State is firmly in control for a 5th-straight ACC title, there are still some good battles for the minor spots in the standings.

Louisville has an 87 point lead on Virginia (who have been hampered by the absence of their probable top scorer Robby Giller at the meet).

Depending on how things go with the mile (which are charted below as seeded), Virginia could very-well catch Louisville for 2nd place. The Cavaliers had 4 more A-finalists than the Cardinals. While Louisville has more swimmers in each of the minor finals, they only negate about 2 of the 4-swimmer advantage that Virginia has in the A finals.

Louisville is still in control of their destiny at the meet: the Cavaliers will need to finish well within those finals and the Cardinals will have to slide for the full 87 points to disappear. But, with the 1650 points not ‘locked in,’ it’s definitely within reach for UVA.

Team Scores After Day 3 (Including All Diving):

1. North Carolina State 968.5
2. Louisville 817
3. Virginia 724
4. Florida State 600.5
5. Virginia Tech 579.5
6. Duke 507
7. Notre Dame 479
8. Georgia Tech 396
9. Pitt 371
10. North Carolina 312.5
11. Miami 161*
12. Boston College 111

*Miami only sponsors men’s diving, and therefore will score no more than 161 points

Among the other battles looming, Boston College, who DQ’ed their 400 free relay on Friday, will be fighting to catch Miami’s divers for 11th place; while Virginia Tech and Florida State are locked in a battle for 4th and Notre Dame will be trying to run down Duke for 5th. The Irish have 17 finalists on Saturday (including top-24 seeded milers), but only 2 of those are A finalists. Still, on paper, they should be able to catch the Blue Devils with a 1 A-finalist and a 5 B-finalist advantage.

A/B/C Finalists By Event:

Including mile as seeded, excluding 400 free relay:

200 Back 100 Free 200 Breast 200 Fly 1650 Free
Team Up Mid Down Team Up Mid Down Team Up Mid Down Team Up Mid Down Team Up Mid Down
NC State 2 1 0 NC State 3 1 1 NC State 1 1 0 NC State 3 0 0 NC State 2 1 1
Virginia 2 1 1 Virginia 1 1 0 Virginia 3 2 0 Virginia 2 0 0 Virginia 2 1 0
Louisville 1 1 0 Louisville 0 2 1 Louisville 1 1 0 Louisville 2 0 2 Louisville 2 2 0
Notre Dame 0 2 2 Notre Dame 0 1 0 Notre Dame 1 0 1 Notre Dame 0 2 3 Notre Dame 2 0 0
Florida State 1 0 0 Florida State 2 2 1 Florida State 0 1 1 Florida State 0 1 0 Florida State 0 1 1
Georgia Tech 1 1 1 Georgia Tech 0 0 1 Georgia Tech 1 0 1 Georgia Tech 0 2 1 Georgia Tech 0 2 0
Virginia Tech 1 1 0 Virginia Tech 0 1 1 Virginia Tech 0 0 1 Virginia Tech 1 1 1 Virginia Tech 0 1 2
Duke 0 0 2 Duke 1 0 1 Duke 1 0 2 Duke 0 0 0 Duke 0 0 3
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 Pittsburgh 1 0 1 Pittsburgh 0 1 0 Pittsburgh 0 2 1 Pittsburgh 0 0 1
North Carolina 0 1 2 North Carolina 0 0 1 North Carolina 0 1 1 North Carolina 0 0 0 North Carolina 0 0 0
Boston College 0 0 0 Boston College 0 0 0 Boston College 0 1 1 Boston College 0 0 0 Boston College 0 0 0

A/B/C Finalists Day 4 Total:

Including mile as seeded, excluding 400 free relay:

TOTALS
Team Up Mid Down Totals
NC State 11 4 2 17
Virginia 10 5 1 16
Louisville 6 6 3 15
Notre Dame 3 5 6 14
Florida State 3 5 3 11
Georgia Tech 2 5 4 11
Virginia Tech 2 4 5 11
Duke 2 0 8 10
Pittsburgh 1 3 3 7
North Carolina 0 2 4 6
Boston College 0 1 1 2

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Acc85
2 years ago

UVA has 2 up in the mile and Louisville has 2 as well (seeded). Not 1 and 3 as is reported.

Ladymanvol
2 years ago

Can UNC with a GREAT recruiting year finish top 4 next year??

Guy Ferrari
Reply to  Ladymanvol
2 years ago

No

Swimmer
Reply to  Ladymanvol
2 years ago

Only if all the other schools drop out. Sad to see how far they have fallen.

ACC fan
Reply to  Ladymanvol
2 years ago

Why would UNC have a great recruiting year this year, same coaches, sane mentality? And even if they do get in a great recruit, they generally go slower. Has the rise of NC STATE helped cause UNC suckiness or vice versa?

Ladymanvol
Reply to  ACC fan
2 years ago

Well NCState will ultimately help UNC rise meteorically over the next 2 seasons. With NCState crushing the other ACC teams, it opens the doorway for UNC to slip in and shock the doubters. Just because a school stumbles a little and has a down year or two is no reason for all of the doubters to jump all over the swimmers and coaches. If UNC will get behind Coach DeSelm, build him a new facility and expand his recruiting budget – just you wait….it will be back to the top of the ACC in a couple years. That is FACT!!!

SwimGeek
Reply to  Ladymanvol
2 years ago

UNC’s facility is older, but it’s perfectly nice. The pool ain’t the problem.

The Wolf of Raleigh
Reply to  Ladymanvol
2 years ago

Not unless they hire an NC State calibur coach to help re-build there program!!!!

Wahoowah
Reply to  The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

Dumb comment as usual.

Crusty
Reply to  The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

I’ll take Bobby! Please come over

The Wolf of Raleigh
Reply to  Crusty
2 years ago

PREACH CRUSTY!!!

Ladymanvol
Reply to  The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

There are no other NC State caliber coaches out there EXCEPT at NCState – Holloway + Bernadino = THE BEST COACHING TANDEM IN THE WORLD!!!!!

Cheswimmer
2 years ago

I’m an engineering major, but I was legit starting to question my arithmetic skill when this article first came out mentioning that NCState, UVa, and Louisville all have 9 ups

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