Virginia’s Madden, Walsh & DeSorbo Take Top VaSID Honors

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May 13th, 2021 ACC, College

Courtesy: Virginia Sports

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.), freshman Alex Walsh (Nashville, Tenn.) and head coach Todd DeSorbo take top Women’s Swimming & Diving honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Madden was named Swimmer of the Year, Walsh earned Rookie Swimmer of the Year and DeSorbo was selected as Coach of the Year. Virginia also had 16 first team honors.

Madden was named a Honda Sports Award finalist after leading Virginia to its first-ever NCAA Championship title in 2021. She captured three individual races and one relay title, the most of any swimmer at the meet, and earned five All-America honors. Madden also took three individual titles and two relay titles in UVA’s ACC Championship. She was named the 2021 Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Award recipient and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Walsh won a NCAA title in the 200-yard individual medley and was part of UVA’s first NCAA relay title in her first appearance in the NCAA Championships. She finished with six All-America honors to help Virginia win its first NCAA Championship. Walsh anchored UVA’s American Record-setting 200 medley relay and won five ACC titles (one individual, 4 relay) at the 2021 ACC Championships.

DeSorbo guided the women’s team to its first national championship and the first national title for an ACC team in the sport in NCAA history. Virginia won six national titles in individual and relay events at the NCAA Championships, the most ever by an ACC program. The Cavaliers had 12 athletes named to CSCAA All-America Teams (10 first team and two second team). Virginia also won its third women’s ACC Championship in four years, and league-record 17th overall.

Along with Walsh and Madden, Lexi Cuomo (sprint free), Kate Douglass (sprint free), Maddie Donohoe (distance free), Reilly Tiltmann (backstroke), Alexis Wenger (breaststroke), Abby Harter (butterfly), Jessica Nava (butterfly), Ella Nelson (IM) and Jocelyn Porter (diving) all earned VaSID First Team honors. UVA also swept the first team honors for all five relays.

2020-21 VaSID All-State Women’s Swimming Awards

  • Swimmer of the Year – Paige Madden, UVA
  • Diver of the Year – Marina Toone, George Mason
  • Rookie Swimmer of the Year – Alex Walsh, UVA
  • Co-Rookie Divers of the Year – Hailey Fisher, George Mason & Maddie Freece, Liberty
  • Coach of the Year – Todd DeSorbo, UVA

All-State First Team

  • Sprint Free – Missy Cundiff, College of William & Mary
  • Sprint Free – Lexi Cuomo, University of Virginia
  • Sprint Free – Kate Douglass, University of Virginia
  • Distance Free – Maddie Donohoe, University of Virginia
  • Distance Free – Paige Madden, University of Virginia
  • Backstroke – Emma Atkinson, Virginia Tech
  • Backstroke – Reilly Tiltmann, University of Virginia
  • Breaststroke – Annie Tuttle, College of William & Mary
  • Breaststroke – Alexis Wenger, University of Virginia
  • Butterfly – Abby Harter, University of Virginia
  • Butterfly – Jessica Nava, University of Virginia
  • IM – Ella Nelson, University of Virginia
  • IM – Alex Walsh, University of Virginia
  • Diving – Hailey Fisher, George Mason University
  • Diving – Jocelyn Porter, University of Virginia
  • Diving – Marina Toone, George Mason University
  • 200 Free Relay – Virginia
  • 200 Medley Relay – Virginia
  • 400 Free Relay – Virginia
  • 400 Medley Relay – Virginia
  • 800 Free Relay – Virginia

All-State Second Team

  • Sprint Free – Lauren Medlin, University of Richmond
  • Sprint Free – Sarah Shackelford, Virginia Tech
  • Sprint Free – Katie Stevenson, College of William & Mary
  • Distance Free – Elizabeth Intihar, College of William & Mary
  • Distance Free – Julianna Jones, James Madison University
  • Backstroke – Madison Cottrell, James Madison University
  • Backstroke – Payton Keiner, Liberty University
  • Breaststroke – Jacquee Clabeaux, George Mason University
  • Breaststroke – Maggie Purcell, University of Richmond
  • Butterfly – Lindsey Cohee, Liberty University
  • Butterfly – Madison Cottrell, James Madison University
  • IM – Reka Gyorgy, Virginia Tech
  • IM – Maggie Purcell, University of Richmond
  • Diving – Lauren Chennault, Liberty University
  • Diving – Maddie Freece, Liberty University
  • Diving – Emily Gross, James Madison University
  • 200 Free Relay – William & Mary
  • 200 Medley Relay – William & Mary
  • 400 Free Relay – Richmond
  • 400 Medley Relay – William & Mary
  • 800 Free Relay – Richmond

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