Todd DeSorbo Analyzes Virginia Women’s and Men’s Teams After ACC Championships

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The University of Virginia women won their 5th straight (and 20th overall) ACC team title this past week in Greensboro while the UVA men placed 5th. Head coach Todd DeSorbo shares his thoughts on how his team performed overall at the conference championship.

  • 0:00 Todd DeSorbo Introduction
  • 0:46 5th Consecutive Women’s ACC Title
  • 5:49 Gretchen Walsh
  • 14:20 Alex Walsh
  • 17:20 Preparing for ACCs
  • 19:56 Men’s Team at ACCs
  • 23:38 Balancing the Men’s and Women’s Teams
  • 29:02 UVA at Doha World Championships
  • 34:06 The Biggest News in the Whole Interview

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Summer Swim Fan
1 month ago

Looks like KD (and others, maybe) got him to shave the moustache…or did I miss that before ACC’s?
Biggest takeaway…

Last edited 1 month ago by Summer Swim Fan
PCB
1 month ago

Great interview!

Jeralin
1 month ago

are there only two women on the team? 😂😂😂. Is nobody else ever noteworthy?

Lovetoswim
1 month ago

Are amazing swimmers left back in these championship meets since the cap is 18 think? Speaking about all power 5 teams.

Michigan misses Michael
Reply to  Lovetoswim
1 month ago

Yes UVA had a few girls who still might make the NCAA cut but did not get to go to ACC.

Hank
1 month ago

Is CAL in the ACC next year?

Admin
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

Yes

Hank
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Anyone else?

Admin
Reply to  Hank
1 month ago

Stanford.

Concerned
1 month ago

If they prepped the men’s team for accs I’m concerned what an unprepared team looks like. Year after year of top recruits to be 6th

Swimmer
1 month ago

Over the course of 7 seasons, from 2017 ACCs to 2024 ACCs, the men have moved up 1 spot from 7th to 6th, while the women have developed into arguably the most dominant women’s team in the history of the NCAA and broken countless records.

Swammer
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

But he has top male recruits coming……….

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

UF wasn’t known for sprinting then Dressel showed up.
Stanford wasn’t know for distance swimming then Ledecky showed up.

I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to mess up the studs they have coming in. We all know they’re going to shoot up the rankings really quickly. College coaching is 50% recruiting (and I may be low balling it), 50% can you make the kids on your team faster.

Michigan misses Michael
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

While the original statement made is false I do feel that the uva men’s team has underperformed. While they are by no means a bad team, their relatively good recruiting has not shown the results one might expect.
Since 2019 the uva men’s team has had an overall NCAA recruiting class average of 6.4 with this data coming from the swimswam class rankings. Ranking by year – (3,9,6,6,8). Their average placement at ACC has been as follows since 2019. Avg – 3.6 (3,2,4,4,4,5). An average ranking of 3.6 is very good but when you have an average class rank of 6.4 with other teams like cal, stanford, texas,asu often filling up the top spots of recruiting classes and nc… Read more »

Swammer
Reply to  Michigan misses Michael
1 month ago

Even with those top recruits coming the development of the men’s side has been stagnant and won’t miraculously change once the high schoolers show up.

That being said they still have to train and compete in an environment where they aren’t top dogs in their field. 1:40 in the 200 IM is amazing, but it doesn’t get you top 3. As well as the other issues that come up with the transition to college swimming.

Lala
Reply to  Michigan misses Michael
1 month ago

Very well put. I have noticed that as well. Many top male recruits coming in have not accomplished much once they got to UVA. I wonder if all of the energy, attention, and focus is on the women’s team with workouts and resources optimized around them. The men’s team should be doing better than they are.

Greg
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
1 month ago

Never let facts get in the way of your argument, am I right? /s

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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