Duncan Sherrard (above) spent the last 3 seasons leading the sprint group at Auburn University, while Patnode was a volunteer assistant at Ohio State.
Grace Countie, individually, was +28 points versus her projected seeds – better than anybody else at this year’s championships.
On the slate tonight will be the fastest-seeded 1650 free final, followed by the finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay.
Virginia will have at least one A-finalist in each of the five individual events while Texas, NC State, and Cal will see 4 swimmers in the A-final.
UVA’s Paige Madden will aim for her 3rd ACC title this meet in the 1650 free, after previously sweeping the 200/500 free.
This morning, Kate Douglass will swim the 100 free over the 200 breast. The prelims of the 200 back and 200 fly will also take place.
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 toppled the NC State women for the 2021 ACC title in the 200 free relay at 1:26.54, highlighted by Douglass’ 21.50 ACC meet record lead-off.
After helping UVA to an NCAA record in the 200 medley relay on Wednesday, Kate Douglass enters the 200 IM as the big favorite on Thursday.
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.
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.
We’re kicking off the NCAA conference swimming season with our updated Power Ranks – including one big question we’d like to see answered for each team.
Countie particularly shined in the last of these against Duke, where she won the 100 back and 100 free and was a part of the winning 2medley/ 4free relays
Countie put up her second-fastest performance ever behind her 51.59 from 2019, making it her second time under 52 seconds ever.