WATCH: Alex Walsh Swim 2:03.0 in 200 Breast on Day 5 at 2022 ACC Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 15

February 20th, 2022 ACC, College, News


The NC State Wolfpack men and Virginia women wrapped up their 2022 ACC Championship titles on Saturday.

For the NC State men, it was their 31st overall ACC title, which is more than any other team has won in any sport in either gender in ACC history.

For the Virginia women, the defending ACC Championships, the victory came with a bigger-than-expected challenge from NC State, a team built for conference championship meets, but ultimately they held on for a 71.5-point margin, which was ultimately “runaway” territory.



  1. UVA – 1418.5
  2. NC State – 1347
  3. Louisville – 1136.5
  4. UNC – 760
  5. Duke – 709
  6. Notre Dame – 651
  7. Virginia Tech – 636
  8. Florida State – 549
  9. Miami (FL) – 411
  10. Georgia Tech – 407
  11. Pitt – 328
  12. Boston College – 178


  1. NC State – 1501.5
  2. Louisville – 1192.5
  3. Virginia Tech – 1054
  4. UVA – 1041
  5. Georgia Tech – 742.5
  6. Florida State – 676
  7. UNC – 529
  8. Notre Dame – 474
  9. Pitt – 431
  10. Duke – 341
  11. Boston College – 195.5
  12. Miami (FL) – 116

Race Videos

More race videos, including other heats, are available on the Virginia Swimming YouTube Channel.


Top 3:

  1. Liberty Williams (Louisville) – 15:43.21
  2. Chase Travis (Virginia Tech) – 16:00.54
  3. Maddie Donohoe (Virginia) – 16:03.28

Louisville sophomore Liberty Williams absolutely crushed this swim, apparently by humming a song by Peach Pit throughout much of the race, according to her post-race interview. Last year, she took 2nd in 16:05.56. Tonight, she won in 15:43.21, over two seconds faster than the winning time by Paige Madden last year. Williams currently has the 2nd-fastest time in the nation this season, just behind the 15:42.37 Kristen Stege of Tennessee swam earlier this evening at the SEC Championships.

That’s the first ACC title in this event for Louisville, and it’s the first time in ten years that a school other than Virginia or NC State claimed this title.

Fast Heat not available.


  • NCAA ‘A’ Cut – 14:27.93
  • 2021 NCAA Invite Time – 15:01.33
  • NCAA ‘B’ Cut – 15:01.33
  • Meet Record – 14:27.93, Zach Yeadon (Notre Dame), 2020
  • Conference Record – 14:24.43, Anton Ipsen (NC State), 2018

Top 3:

  1. Will Gallant (NC State) – 14:33.40
  2. Ross Dant (NC State) – 14:36.72
  3. Mert Kilavuz (Georgia Tech) – 14:43.26

Indiana transfer Will Gallant stormed to an individual title in his first ACC 1650 as a member of the NC State Wolfpack. His time of 14:33.40 moves him up to #2 in the nation, behind only Florida’s Bobby Finke.


Top 3:

  1. Reilly Tiltmann (Virginia) – 1:50.49
  2. Emma Muzzy (NC State) – 1:50.62
  3. Emma Atkinson (Virginia Tech) – 1:50.64

The three women who ultimately finished in the top three were side by side with about 40 yards to go, and they remained next to each other as they lunged for the wall.

UVA’s Reilly Tiltmann managed to get her hand on the wall first in 1:50.49, touching just ahead of NC State’s Emma Muzzy (1:50.62) and Virginia Tech’s Emma Atkinson (1:50.64).

Tiltmann snapped a three-year winning streak by Muzzy. A Virginia or NC State swimmers has won this event every since 2011. Last year, Atkinson finished 4th in 1:51.64, and Tiltmann took 5th in 1:52.53.


Top 3:

  1. Samuel Torqnvist (Virginia Tech) – 1:39.20
  2. Jack Aikins (Virginia) – 1:39.53
  3. Hunter Tapp (NC State) – 1:39.60

Virginia Tech fifth year Samuel Törnqvist captured his first individual ACC title in his very last swim, splitting 25.29 on the last 50 to storm home and win in 1:39.20. That appears to be the fastest time in the country, surpassing Destin Lasco’s 1:39.24.

Virginia freshman Jack Aikins took 2nd in 1:39.53, just ahead of NC State’s Hunter Tapp (1:39.60).


Top 3:

  1. Kate Douglass (Virginia) – 46.81
  2. Gretchen Walsh (Virginia) – 46.86
  3. Katharine Berkoff (NC State) – 46.89

Kate Douglass defended her title in this event, but it was no walk in the park.

Instead, Douglass, teammate Gretchen Walsh, and NC State’s Katharine Berkoff matched each other stroke for stroke down the stretch, and it came down to the touch.

The UVA junior got her hand on the wall first, winning in 46.81. Walsh took 2nd in 46.86, and Berkoff took 3rd in 46.89.


Top 3:

  1. Youssef Ramadan (Virginia Tech) – 41.76
  2. Matthew King (Virgina) – 41.89
  3. Connor Boyle (Virginia) – 42.09

Hokie Youssef Ramadan nailed his final to turn get ahead of Virginia’s Matt King, and the Virginia Tech sophomore hung on down the stretch to beat King, 41.76 to 41.89.

In a heartfelt interview post-race, Ramadan thanked his teammates for their support, explaining “I’m a weird dude sometimes,” a remark which probably many swimmers can relate to.

Only 0.16s separated 3rd from 8th.


Top 3 –

  1. Alex Walsh (Virginia) – 2:03.02
  2. Sophie Hansson (NC State) – 2:03.75
  3. Ella Nelson (Virginia) – 2:04.95

Sheesh. Last year, Alex Walsh finished 3rd in the 200 back at ACCs. Today, starting in the slowest heat in prelims, she ended up winning this event with the 3rd-fastest swim ever, breaking the ACC record in the process.


Top 3:

  1. Carles Coll Marti (Virginia Tech) – 1:51.69
  2. Denis Petrashov (Louisville) – 1:51.89
  3. Caio Pumputis (Georgia Tech) – 1:52.19

Virgina Tech is getting used to standing on the top of the podium tonight. Sophomore Carles Coll Marti moved up from his  7th place last year to grab his second individual title of the week, winning with a 1:51.69.

Louisville’s Denis Petrashov did his best to make up for defending champion Evgenii Somov’s absence from the A-final, taking 2nd in 1:51.89.


Top 3:

  1. Virginia – 3:08.22
  2. NC State – 3:10.27
  3. Louisville – 3:10.89

The Virginia women completed the relay sweep en route to their third-straight conference title, combining for a 3:08.22

Kate Douglass led off in 47.02, just a bit off of her individual time earlier tonight. Alex Walsh split 46.72 after swimming the 3rd-fastest performance ever in the 200 breast. 200 backstroke champion Reilly Tiltmann split 48.13, and Gretchen Walsh anchored in 46.35.


Top 3:

  1. NC State – 2:46.18
  2. Virginia – 2:46.45
  3. Virginia Tech – 2:48.03

Last one, fast one. NC State went out on top, winning the marquee 400 free relay with a time that was faster than what it took to win last year’s NCAA title in this event.

Luke Miller led off in 41.75, half a second faster than his time from the individual final tonight. Bartosz Piszczorowicz split 41.45, Noah Henderson followed with a 41.64, and Hunter Tapp anchored in 41.37, touching in 2:46.18.

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9 months ago

Does no one else notice the butterfly kick and water coming up behind Ella Nelson and Alexis Wengers br kicks? At the 1:05 mark in the video you can see it really obviously

Reply to  Anon
9 months ago

A few people have mentioned seeing this at different times, especially with Wenger. My suspicion is that Wenger’s feet do come up at the end of the stroke. That could be why you see water coming up. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe that’s legal. What’s illegal is if the swimmer does a downward dolphin kick after the legs come up. It’s not illegal, however, if the legs come down to immediately start executing a breaststroke kick. Even if a swimmer does do downward dolphin kicks, my guess is that it’d be tough to call in real time. Again, someone can correct me if I’m wrong on my interpretation of the rules.

9 months ago

y’all need to give more credit to the nc state women! They deserved that just as much. Did anyone notice some of the Virginia girls have 2 dolphin kicks on their pull outs? Seems like Todd is teaching them to do that.

Mr. Pancake
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9 months ago


Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

Alex Walsh also has a slight “dolphin kick” in her breaststroke kick. If you look up her 200 IM at NCAA’s last year theres underwater footage which shows it clearly.

Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

Absolutely. Wenger especially bad

9 months ago

Since when has GT been putting the pads in the gutters? As long as I’ve known, they always came down from the top of the deck. The first time I swam there, we spent a little bit of practice time the week leading up practicing turns without grabbing a gutter.

super classy swim
Reply to  thezwimmer
9 months ago

yeah i sometimes swim there for meets, i notice for like college meets they do it gutter and for like club meets they do it non gutter which makes it so much worse

9 months ago

“Hold my beer” – Kate Douglass at NCAAs

Iambic Pentameter
Reply to  What?
9 months ago

For reals–I watched that 100 free three times and still don’t know how she got her hand on the wall first. That swim was insane.

9 months ago

Alright, who wins the 200 Breast get-out-swim at practice, Alex Walsh or Kate Douglass?

Reply to  CraigH
9 months ago

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uva stan menace
Reply to  Swimfan
9 months ago

can’t wait for KDougie and AWalsh to smoke that reigning olympic champion pack in a few years 🥱🥱 happened with Lydia when Jacoby bodied her lol

Last edited 9 months ago by uva stan menace
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9 months ago

i meant to say lilly instead of jacoby lmaooo

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