The relay of Alex Walsh, Alex Massey, Lauren Hurt, and Gretchen Walsh combined for a 1:29.6 on Friday at the Southern Premier Meet in Atlanta.
UVA looks to be in control, as they had over a 100 point lead on NC State heading into today and put 11 women into A-final swims this morning.
UVA has a chance to essentially seal the victory with a strong final morning at the 2020 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.
Virginia’s Morgan Hill (above) will swim the 100 fly as the #4 seed instead of the 200 free as the #2 seed on Friday at the ACC Championships.
NC State didn’t take any top seeds this morning, but will have 16 finalists across tonight’s three individual events, including four in the 500 free A-final.
We kick off this morning with the 500 free, where 2019 NCAA runner-up Paige Madden leads the Virginia Cavaliers into heats.
Virginia super-freshman Kate Douglass was the top seed in the 200 IM and the 50 free on Thursday, but opted for the former.
The ACC postseason gets underway this evening in Greensboro with the 200 medley relay, 1m diving finals, and the 800 free relay, along with men’s 3m diving.
Alyssa Marsh is the 2nd-fastest 50 yard butterflier in medley relay history, a position she reaffirmed on Wednesday at the ACC Championships.
For 10 of the past 12 years, the University of Virginia women’s won the team title at the ACC Championships. Only in 2017 and 2019 did they place second.
Alyssa Marsh split 22.0 fly on the medley, while UNC’s Caroline Hauder dropped a 59.2 100 breast. Meanwhile, the UNC men controlled the meet and won.
Freshmen showed up big for both teams, claiming victory in 5 women’s events.
MJ Mao will be going for the breastroke sweep tonight after winning the 100 breast yesterday and putting up the fastest 200 time in this morning’s prelims.
Julie Meynen, an Auburn senior, tore to a 47.89 in the 100 free this morning, marking her 3rd fastest flat-start performance of her career.