Notre Dame Freshman Coleen Gillilan on ACCs: “Swimming is just the job” (Video)


  • When: Wednesday, February 19th to Saturday, February 22nd | 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) (1x) (results)
  • Streaming: ACC Network
  • Championship Central: Here
  • Detailed Timeline: Here
  • Psych Sheets: Here
  • Live Results

Notre Dame freshman Coleen Gillilan had a successful ACC Championships, and certainly turned some heads on Saturday with a 3rd-place finish in the 200 fly, clocking a 1:54.79 behind ACC veterans Grace Oglesby of Louisville and Abby Richter of UVA.

Though the 200 fly was Gillilan’s only podium finish, she also placed 6th in the 200 IM (1:57.29; 1:56.69 in prelims) and 8th in the 100 fly (52.86; 52.40 in prelims). Gillilan also aided Notre Dame in its 4th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay and its 6th-place finish in the 200 medley relay where she swam breaststroke, splitting a 27.28. Gillilan also swam breaststroke on the 400 medley relay Friday evening in which Notre Dame placed 6th with a 1:00.27.

Reported by Robert Gibbs.



  • ACC meet record: 1:52.81 – Grace Oglesby, 2019
  • ACC record: 1:50.61 – Kelsi Worrell, 2016
  • 2019 ACC champion: Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 1:52.81
  1. Grace Oglesby (Louisville) – 1:53.70
  2. Abby Richter (Virginia) – 1:54.09
  3. Coleen Gillilan (Notre Dame) – 1:54.79

Up to this point, NC State or Virginia had won every single swimming event, but that finally changed tonight as Louisville senior Grace Oglesby defended her title. She was about a second off of her time from last year, but still 0.39s ahead of the runner-up, Abby Richter of Virginia, who touched in 1:54.09.

Virginia had a total of three women in the A-final, and Jessica Nava and Julia Menkhaus took 4th and 6th in 1:54.81 and 1:55.87. Louisville’s Alena Kraus, last year’s 3rd place finisher, took 5th in 1:55.70.

Notre Dame’s Coleen Gillian wrapped up a strong freshman season with a bronze medal here with a time of 1:54.79. Teammate Luciana Thomas took 7th in 1:56.17, while UNC’s Bryanna Cameron rounded out the field with a 1:57.15.


  1. Virginia – 1492.5
  2. NC State – 1333
  3. Louisville – 1105.5
  4. North Carolina – 839
  5. Notre Dame – 784
  6. Duke – 675.5
  7. Florida State – 555
  8. Virginia Tech – 469
  9. Georgia Tech – 407.5
  10. Pitt – 359
  11. Miami – 298
  12. Boston College – 164

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

About Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six with the Clay Center Tiger Sharks, a summer league team. At age 14 he began swimming club year-round with the Manhattan Marlins (Manhattan, KS), which took some convincing from his mother as he was very …

Read More »