The 2021 ACC Women’s Championships kick off tonight with the timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays. UVA leads both relays on the psychs.
Virginia is the heavy favorite to repeat as team champion, while NC State and Louisville are projected to defend their 2nd and 3rd place finishes.
With a handful of stars entered in 5 or more events on the pre-cut psych sheets, ACC coaches still have to make some choices in order to optimize points.
Harvard transfer Jaycee Yegher will give the Cavaliers their sixth breaststroker with NCAA-qualifying potential next fall.
UVA sophomore Kate Douglass threw down 2:03.93 in a 200 breast time trial, the 9th-fastest time ever according the SWIMS database.
Paige Madden bounced back from a rare freestyle DQ to shine as the #1 Virginia Cavalier women overcame the #5 NC State Wolfpack in a tight team battle.
In a battle of ACC opponents, the Virginia Cavalier men and women each won against the UNC Tar Heels, with the men’s outcome decided by the final relay.
Kate Douglass tripled as the Virginia Cavaliers took down in-state rivals Virginia Tech Hokies in Charlottesville for Senior Day.
The Texas men lead all teams with six swimmers hitting automatic qualifying times so far this year, and the Texas women have four swimmers locked in.
The sisters charged up the historical age group rankings with some standout swims at the 2020 SE Holiday Classic in Nashville.
The Virginia Cavaliers have assembled a loaded roster that leads the NCAA ranks. The top threats to their title run, though, remain hard to predict.
The UVA men narrowly edged Alabama, thanks to a team record-setting 400 free relay to close out the meet, to close out three fast days by all teams.
Kate Douglass went the fastest 50 fly relay split in history tonight, then became the seventh woman ever to break 50 seconds in the 100 fly.
That’s a lifetime best by .18, moving her up one spot to #10 in history, and bringing her less than a second off of the fastest time ever done (49.26).
Kate Douglass is now only a quarter of a second away from being the fastest women ever in the SCY version of the 200 IM.