Paige Madden Repeats as ACC Swimmer of the Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 10

February 21st, 2021 ACC, College, News

2021 ACC WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, February 17th – Saturday, February 20th | Prelims: 11:00 am | Finals: 7:00 pm (EST) (Except Wednesday’s timed finals, which begin at 5:15 EST)
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC
  • Defending Champion: University of Virginia (x1) (results)
  • Format: 25 Yards/Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Championship Central: Here
  • Championship Manual
  • Psych Sheets (uncut)
  • Live Results
  • Complete Results

The conclusion of the women’s portion of the 2021 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday saw the University of Virginia clean up with a 169-point victory over their rivals from NC State.

It’s no surprise, then that the Cavaliers’ top scorer Paige Madden was named the Most Valuable Swimmer by vote of the conference’s coaches for the 2nd-straight year.

In total, Madden scored the maximum 96 individual points by winning the 200 free, 500 free, and 1650 freestyles, defending her ACC titles in all three races. She was also on the winning 400 and 800 free relays, finishing her ACC career as a perfect 4-for-4 in the 800 free relay.

Madden was the only swimmer to pick up a perfect triple at the meet. Her sophomore teammate Kate Douglass came as close as one can come to that, earning 92 points via wins in the 100 fly and 100 free and a 2nd-place finish in the 200 IM (behind teammate Alex Walsh).

ACC Top Scorers, Individual Events:

  1. Paige Madden, Sr., Virginia – 96 (200 free – 1st; 500 free – 1st; 1650 free – 1st)
  2. (TIE) Kate Douglas, So., Virginia – 92 (100 fly – 1st; 100 free – 1st; 200 IM – 2nd)/Aranza Vazquez, Fr., UNC – 92 (3 meter – 1st; platform – 1st; 1 meter – 2nd)
  3. Kylee Alons, Jr., NC State – 87 (50 free – 1st; 100 free – 2nd; 100 fly – 3rd)
  4. Katharine Berkoff, So., NC State – 85.5 (100 back – 1st; 200 back – 2nd; 50 free – 4th)

The top women’s diver of the meet was North Carolina freshman Aranza Vazquez, who made an instant-impact as part of a diving onslaught from both the UNC men and the UNC women this week. She won the 3-meter and platform events and was the runner-up on 1 meter.

Her 92-point effort helped support UNC in an 8th-place overall effort at the meet. While that’s a drop from the team’s 4th-place finish last year, the Carolina women made an admirable effort given that they were missing many of their top swimmers because of COVID protocols.

For that effort, Vazquez was named the Women’s Diver of the Meet.

The ACC runs men’s diving concurrently with women’s swimming & diving, and Vazquez’s teammate Anton Down-Jenkins was voted men’s MVP after sweeping the springboard events. He took the honor even though he placed just 22nd on platform.

Down-Jenkins is another newcomer for UNC, though he’s a junior eligibility wise. He spent the first two seasons of his career at South Carolina before transferring to North Carolina last spring.

The ACC will give out annual superlatives, including a Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year, after the NCAA Championship meet.

FINAL TEAM SCORES – Women’s Swimming & Diving

  1. UVA, 1486
  2. NC State, 1317
  3. Louisville, 1,006.50
  4. Virginia Tech, 832
  5. Notre Dame, 716
  6. Duke, 647
  7. Florida State, 551
  8. UNC, 516.50
  9. Georgia Tech, 498
  10. Miami, 375
  11. Pittsburgh, 360
  12. Boston College, 177

Men’s Scores – After Diving

  1. UNC – 214
  2. Miami – 207
  3. Virginia Tech – 142
  4. Louisville – 120
  5. Florida State – 110
  6. Georgia Tech – 85
  7. Duke – 72
  8. NC State – 62
  9. Pitt – 40
  10. Notre Dame – 34
  11. Virginia – 0

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Hswimmer
10 days ago

Well deserved

ACC fan
10 days ago

Do you think she’ll swim next year with her extra year of eligibility? What’s her future in swimming after ncaas? She’s too good not to continue.

Captain Ahab
Reply to  ACC fan
10 days ago

She’s not obligated to but it would be the right thing to do.

Nonrevhoofan
Reply to  ACC fan
10 days ago

She is also a top-caliber student and is likely ready to move on to achieve even more wonderful things in life. I, for one, hope she caps her swimming career with at least one NCAA title and a berth on the US Olympic Team (4X200 Free Relay is her best shot).

ACC fan
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
10 days ago

Good to hear and not surprised. Only wish her the best. Just being selfish and will miss watching her swim.

Hswimmer
Reply to  ACC fan
10 days ago

I hope ISL is still around and she makes it on. I hope she will go pro.

Swimmer
10 days ago

UNC divers taking over

Tar-eel
Reply to  Swimmer
10 days ago

Those are probably the only point unc men are getting this meet lmao

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