The University of Virginia women are riding a wave of momentum after their first NCAA title and a strong medal haul in Tokyo
Interestingly, one of the teams that doesn’t have any 5th years this season is the defending women’s NCAA champions Virginia.
UVA coach Todd DeSorbo said he doesn’t expect any of his seniors to use the extra year of eligibility granted to them by the NCAA.
NC State won their second relay title ever with the third-fastest time ever in the 200 medley relay tonight at the 2021 NCAA Championships.
The clear-cut top two teams in the field are from the ACC, with Virginia leading the way, and NC State firmly in 2nd.
UVA’s Alexis Wenger broke the 100 breast ACC record at 57.67. However, tonight NC State’s Sophie Hansson will aim to defend her 2020 title against Wenger.
This morning, the prelims of the women’s 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back will take place. UVA’s Kate Douglass leads the 100 fly.
The UVA women propel to the lead on day one with their double relay wins. Among the highlights was Berkoff’s 23.37 BK and Madden’s 1:42.9 200 free split.
A 26.0 breaststroke split from Alexis Wenger (above) was the difference-maker as the Virginia women opened their ACC title defense with a roar on Wednesday.
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.
Senior Keefer Barnum holds came within a whisker of his own 100 breast school record, punching a 52.40 that moves him up to #11 in the nation
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.
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.