We’ve got the closest men’s ACC Championships in years, with a three-team race that could come down to the final relay tonight in Greensboro.
The final morning of the 2021 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships consists of heats of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 fly.
NC State’s depth was on display in a 190.5-107.5 win over ACC rival Virginia, as eight different men earned individual wins for the Wolfpack.
The meet primarily features college squads, but there’s a smattering of professionals swimming tonight, including NC State alum Coleman Stewart.
The Tar Heel men kept it close against the Wolfpack, winning a fair share of the events, including both relays to open and close the meet.
At this point, NC State looks like to be a lock for their 6th-straight team title, but there’s still plenty of great racing ahead of us this evening.
This morning NC State, Virginia, Louisville, and Virginia Tech accounted for 23 out of 32 possible A-final spots tonight.
The last prelims session of the 2020 ACC Championships will feature defending champions in three of the four events being contested.
Kate Douglass wasn’t the only swimmer with an impressive swim in a practice suit, as Stewart threw down a 45.65 to break a pool record.
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.
Kylee Alons and Coleman Stewart each earned individual three wins — in the exact same events — as the NC State men and women each down South Carolina.
Kentucky’s Isabella Gati had a massive swim in the women’s 100 fly, winning the event by just under a second.
The Wolfpack tied for first in the men’s 200 free, with Eric Knowles and Zach Brown both touching in 1:49.87
Emma Barksdale of South Carolina won the women’s 200 IM with a 2:15.15, a little off her personal best of 2:13.35.