UNC Invite: Berkoff and Moore Drop 1:51 200 Backs, Chadwick Posts 42.0 100 FR


  • Thursday, December 3-Saturday, December 5
  • Teams: University of North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wolfpack Elite
  • Koury Natatorium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Format: Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Prelims/Finals
  • Prelims @9AM Central, Finals @5PM Central
  • 2021 NCAA Qualifying Times
  • Results on Meet Mobile: “UNC ‘Janis Hape Dowd’ Invitational”

NC State sophomore Katharine Berkoff has been on fire this weekend, going one of the fastest 50 back swims ever (23.60) and popping a lifetime best and nation-leading 50.40 in the 100 back last night. This morning, she continues her lights-out weekend with a prelims top time of 1:51.11 in the 200 back. She’s within a second of her lifetime best, a 1:50.13 from early 2019 before she started her collegiate career; that will likely go down tonight, based on the way she’s been swimming, and we could see a sub-1:50 performance.

Berkoff was followed closely by Kate Moore (1:51.95), her senior teammate, who’s had an exceptional weekend, too. Moore has already secured times well within the expected NCAA invite range in two events, going 4:37.95 in the 500 free and 4:05.61 in the 400 IM, in addition to a 1:45.43 800 free relay lead-off. Her 500 free was a best, as is her 200 back this morning.

Her younger brother and NC State freshman, Mikey Moore, led the men’s 200 back prelims with a 1:42.93, his first time under 1:45. His junior teammate John Healy (1:43.29) also went a best time for second, as did another member of the Wolfpack, sophomore Kevin Childs (1:43.66). Childs was fourth, and he had a huge drop, shaving over three seconds off of his former best. UNC senior Chris Thames was sandwiched in at third this morning (1:43.63).

Pro sprinter Michael Chadwick torched the men’s 100 free field, posting a 42.00, off of his best of 40.95 from the 2017 NCAA Championships. The Mizzou alum is now attached to North Carolina Aquatic Club and is training under UNC head coach Mark Gangloff. He finished ahead of NC State sophomore Hunter Tapp, who slipped under 43 (42.94), and UNC senior Tyler Hill (43.07); both Tapp and Hill clocked best times.

Duke freshman Sally Foley broke through in the women’s 200 breast, going under 2:11 and 2:10 for the first time ever (and nearly 2:09) with a lifetime best 2:09.19. Foley came to Duke this fall with a best of 2:12.22. NC State freshman Abby Arens broke 2:10 for second (2:09.97), and Wolfpack senior Andrea Podmaníková was a close third (2:10.09).

Other event leaders on day 4:

  • Kylee Alons was the fastest 100 freestyler on the women’s side this morning. At 48.42, she was the only sub-49 finisher. VT sophomore Sarah Shackelford (49.01) and Duke senior Quinn Scannell (49.79) were second and third, both setting new personal bests.
  • In the men’s 200 breast, AJ Pouch of Virginia Tech led prelims by over a second with a time of 1:56.36.
  • NCAC pro Bailey Nero posted a 1:56.64 to lead the 200 fly prelims on the women’s side. Duke freshman Catherine Purnell was 1:57.90 for second, a little over a second off of her best.
  • Zach Brown of NC State had the men’s 200 fly fastest time this morning, going 1:42.63. His teammate, <uke Sobolewski, popped a 46.27 100 fly in a time trial.

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Konner Scott
9 months ago

Easy to forget Chadwick is in the exclusive 40 point club. Just because he finished a mile behind Dressel in that race doesn’t mean that’s not a seriously impressive PB.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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