Even with four key deferrals, the high school class of 2020 lived up to the hype with five massive NCAA scorers (30+ points) and 29 total freshmen scorers.
Virginia’s Class of 2019 / 2023 has been outstanding, with four top-20 recruits all scoring as sophomores and Kate Douglass winning a national title.
Wisconsin freshman Phoebe Bacon earned her first NCAA title tonight with a 1:48.32 victory in the 200 back, moving to #2 all-time in the 17-18 age group.
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.
The Cavaliers picked up 6 A-finalists this morning, flexing their depth in the 200 breast, led by #2 Alex Walsh, #3 Ella Nelson, and #6 Alexis Wenger.
BAMA’s White and NC State’s Berkoff tied for the top 100 back prelims spot. UVA also holds top seeds in the 4IM (Nelson), 1FL (Douglass), and 2FR (Madden).
Tonight in Orlando will be the finals of the women’s and men’s 200 free, 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 free relay.
The Virginia women defended their ACC team title, earning their 17th team title in program history. UVA now has the most team titles in conference history.
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.
Harvard transfer Jaycee Yegher will give the Cavaliers their sixth breaststroker with NCAA-qualifying potential next fall.
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.