WATCH: Gretchen Walsh (45.16) Shatters 100 Free Records at 2024 ACCs (Day 5 Race Videos)

by Sean Griffin 6

February 25th, 2024 College, News, Race Videos, Video

2024 ACC SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2024 ACC Championships are complete, with the competition wrapping up on Saturday. On the schedule were finals of the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 400 freestyle relay. Watch the available race videos below, courtesy of UVa Swimming and Louisville Swimming on YouTube:

WOMEN’S 1650 FREESTYLE — TIMED FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 15:03.31, Katie Ledecky (STAN) — 2017 Art Adamson Invitational
  • ACC Record: 15:25.30, Leah Smith (UVA) — 2016 ACC Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 15:25.30, Leah Smith (UVA) — 2017 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 15:52.41
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 16:13.73

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Cavan Gormsen (UVA) – 16:07.50
  2. Chase Travis (VT) – 16:08.74
  3. Emma Hastings (NCST) – 16:09.26
  4. Madelyn Donohoe (UVA) – 16:13.18
  5. Maggie Graves (ND) – 16:16.78
  6. Sophia Knapp (UVA) – 16:19.58
  7. Brooke Travis (NCST) – 16:22.20
  8. Yara Hierath (NCST) – 16:26.72

After winning the 500 free on the second night, Virginia freshman Cavan Gormsen doubled up on distance wins. She took control of the race early on, but was overtaken by NC State’s Emma Hastings with 200 yards to go. Gormsen battle back over the final 100, touching in 16:07.50 for the win. Gormsen owns a best time of 15:57.20 in the event, which she recorded in December of 2022.

MEN’S 1650 FREESTYLE — TIMED FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 14:12.08, Bobby Finke (FL) — 2020 SEC Championships
  • ACC Record: 14:24.43, Anton Ipsen (NCST) — 2018 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championships Record: 14:27.93, Zachary Yeadon (ND) — 2020 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 14:37.31
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 14:53.84

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Ross Dant (NCST) – 14:39.34
  2. Ilia Sibirtsev (LOU) – 14:47.31
  3. James Plage (NCST) – 14:47.41
  4. Mert Kilavuz (GTCH) – 15:00.77
  5. Tyler Watson (LOU) – 15:06.23
  6. Charles Perks (GTCH) – 15:09.34
  7. Kyle Ponsler (NCST) – 15:11.47
  8. Jonathan Naber (VT) 15:14.21

DQ: Owen Lloyd (NCST) – 14:37.04

Owen Lloyd of NC State clocked a massive best time of 14:37.04 to touch the wall 1st. However, he was issued a disqualification for “interfering with another swimmer.” After Lloyd touched the wall, he got on the lane rope and entered the lane of teammate Ross Dant. Not all swimmers had touched the wall in the heat yet, which is why the disqualification was initiated. It’s important to note that Dant had already finished his race, but other swimmers in the heat did not, so you are still not allowed to another lane.

With that said, Ross Dant was promoted to the gold medal winner with his time of 14:39.34. Louisville’s Ilia Sibirtsev had a very tight race with NC State’s James Plage the whole way, just Sibirtsev touched in 14:47.31 to Plage’s 14:47.41, both dropping time from their respective entries.

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 1:47.24, Beata Nelson (WISC) – 2019 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 1:49.09, Alexia Zevnik (NCST) – 2017 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 1:49.61, Alexia Zevnik (NCST) – 2017 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 1:50.50
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:53.34

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Reilly Tiltmann (UVA) – 1:50.64
  2. Kennedy Noble (NCS) – 1:50.95
  3. Caroline Bentz (VT) – 1:52.23
  4. Paige Hetrick (LOU) – 1:52.33
  5. Madelyn Christman (ND) – 1:53.67
  6. Carmen Weiler Sastre (VT) – 1:53.93
  7. Tess Howley (UVA) – 1:54.08
  8. Emma Karam (UNC) – 1:55.24

After being dethroned at the 2023 ACC Championships, Virginia’s Reilly Tiltmann reclaimed her 200 backstroke title. Trailing for most of the race, she charged home over the final 25 to touch ahead of defending champion Kennedy Noble. Tiltmann touched in 1:50.64 to Noble’s 1:50.95, with Tiltmann closing in 27.93 over the final 50 compared to Noble’s 29.33. Noble led by a full second at both the 100 and 150 turns.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 1:35.73, Ryan Murphy (CAL) – 2016 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 1:37.31, Coleman Stewart (NCST) – 2020 ACC Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 1:37.31, Coleman Stewart (NCST) – 2020 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 1:39.13
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:40.62

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Tommy Janton (ND) – 1:39.21
  2. Daniel Diehl (NCST) – 1:39.30
  3. Kacper Stokowski (NCST) – 1:40.67
  4. Hunter Tapp (NCST) – 1:40.97
  5. Marcus Gentry (ND) – 1:41.15
  6. Nicolas Garcia (VT) – 1:41.79
  7. Tanner Filion (ND) – 1:41.82
  8. James Ewing (NCST) – 1:42.82

Tommy Janton of Notre Dame showcased the strongest opening speed, flipping through the first 50 in a time of 22.85. He held his lead through the 100 (47.85), but Daniel Diehl took over the lead at the 150. Janton battled back on the final lap though, showcasing a very strong underwater to surge him to victory. Janton touched in 1:39.21 for gold, with Diehl dropping his second best time of the day (1:39.30).

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WOMEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 45.56, Simone Manuel (STAN) – 2017 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 45.61, Gretchen Walsh (UVA) – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 45.86, Kate Douglass (UVA) – 2023 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 47.18
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 48.37

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Gretchen Walsh (UVA) – 45.16
  2. Jasmine Nocentini (UVA) – 46.78
  3. Katharine Berkoff (NCST) – 46.81
  4. Gabi Albiero (LOU) – 47.28
  5. Christiana Regemaier (LOU) – 47.52
  6. Julia Dennis (LOU) – 47.84
  7. Maxine Parker (UVA) – 47.92
  8. Lucy Mehraban (LOU) – 48.09

Gretchen Walsh grabbed her FIFTH (she broke the 50 free record twice) individual NCAA record of the meet. She stopped the clock in 45.16 to obliterate Simone Manuel’s 100 free NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records from 2017. Walsh took the race out very strong, turning through the 50 in 21.42 before closing in 23.74. With her performance, Walsh now holds the NCAA records in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and 100 back, in addition to several relays.

MEN’S 100 FREESTYLE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 39.90, Caeleb Dressel (FLOR) – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 40.84, Chris Guiliano (ND) — 2024 ACC Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 40.84, Chris Guiliano (ND) — 2024 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 41.50
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 42.32

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Chris Guiliano (ND) – 40.62
  2. Luke Miller (NCST) – 41.50
  3. Brendan Whitfield (VT) – 41.61
  4. Youssef Ramadan (VT) – 41.68
  5. Matthew Brownstead (UVA) – 41.85
  6. Quintin McCarty (NCST) – 41.88
  7. Sam Hoover (NCST) – 42.19
  8. Jerry Fox (NCST) – 42.20

After his ACC record preliminary performance, Chris Guiliano of Notre Dame reset the mark in tonight’s final. He hit the wall in 40.62, lowering his 40.84 morning effort. He took the race out much faster tonight, flipping in 19.03 at the 50 turn compared to 19.51 earlier today.

WOMEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 2:01.29, Kate Douglass (UVA) – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 2:01.29, Kate Douglass (UVA) – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 2:03.02, Alex Walsh (UVA) – 2022 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 2:05.73
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 2:09.68

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Alex Walsh (UVA) – 2:02.24
  2. Ella Nelson (UVA) – 2:04.29
  3. Anna Keating (UVA) – 2:07.97
  4. Kaelyn Gridley (DUKE) – 2:08.48
  5. Kim Herkle (LOU) – 2:08.61
  6. Aimee Canny (UVA) – 2:08.73
  7. Emma Weber (UVA) – 2:10.54
  8. Sarah Foley (DUKE) – 2:10.85

After her record-breaking 200 fly yesterday, Alex Walsh just clocked 2:02.24 en route to ACC 200 breast gold. Walsh’s time rockets her to the 2nd fastest performer ever in the event, with only Kate Douglass clocking a time faster than her swim tonight. The swim also breaks her own Championship Record and is a third-straight ACC title in the event. The win gives her 25 career ACC title, matching her former teammate Kate Douglass.

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – FINALS

  • NCAA Record: 1:46.91, Leon Marchand (ASU) – 2023 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Record: 1:49.69, Carles Coll Marti (VT) – 2022 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championship Record: 1:50.51, Denis Petrashov (UL) – 2023 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 1:51.09
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 1:52.94

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Carles Coll Marti (VT) – 1:50.08
  2. Denis Petrashov (LOU) – 1:50.81
  3. Arsenio Bustos (NCST) – 1:51.53
  4. AJ Pouch (VT) – 1:51.90
  5. Noah Nichols (UVA) – 1:53.06
  6. Max Iida (UVA) – 1:53.49
  7. Tommaso Baravelli (FSU) – 1:54.04
  8. Benjamin Delmar (UNC) – 1:54.34

ACC record holder Carles Coll Marti stole the show in tonight’s 200 breast, winning in a time of 1:50.08. His time checks-in just outside the ACC record, which he sat at 1:49.49 back at the 2022 NCAA Championships. His teammate and top qualifier from this morning, AJ Pouch, showcased consistency in 4th, clocking his second 1:51 swim of the day. The defending champion, Denis Petrashov of Louisville, touched for 2nd place in a final time of 1:50.81. His winning time from last year (1:50.51) also stands as his best time, so he was just 0.30 outside that standard here today.

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 3:05.84 — Virginia (K. Douglass, A. Walsh, M. Parker, G. Walsh) (2023)
  • ACC Record: 3:05.84 — Virginia (K. Douglass, A. Walsh, M. Parker, G. Walsh) (2023)
  • ACC Championship Record: 3:06.83 — Virginia (G. Walsh, K. Douglass, L. Cuomo, A. Walsh) (2023)
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 3:14.10
  • 2024 NCAA ‘B’ Standard: 3:16.25

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Virginia – 3:07.34 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. Louisville – 3:10.18 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  3. NC State – 3:12.40 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  4. Virginia Tech – 3:13.65 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  5. Duke – 3:15.00
  6. Miami – 3:15.45
  7. Pitt – 3:15.92
  8. FSU – 3:16.11

Virginia completed their sweep of the 2024 ACC relays, winning the 400 free relay by almost three seconds. Jasmine Nocentini (46.77), Gretchen Walsh (45.40), Alex Walsh (47.05), and Maxine Parker (48.05) teamed up to post a time of 3:07.34, just off the 3:06.83 meet record from last year.

MEN’S 400 FREESTYLE RELAY — FINAL

  • NCAA Record: 2:44.07 — Florida (J. Liendo, A. Chaney, J. Smith, M. McDuff) (2024)
  • ACC Record: 2:44.31, NC State — 2018 NCAA Championships
  • ACC Championships Record: 2:45.69, NC State — 2018 ACC Championships
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 2:50.44
  • 2024 NCAA ‘B’ Standard: 2:51.86

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. Notre Dame – 2:45.58 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  2. NC State – 2:46.22 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  3. Virginia Tech – 2:46.77 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  4. Virginia – 2:49.64 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  5. FSU – 2:49.95 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  6. Georgia Tech – 2:50.18 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  7. Louisville – 2:50.38 (NCAA ‘A’ Cut)
  8. Pitt – 2:52.34

Notre Dame ended their great Greensboro showing with a big relay win. Chris Guiliano led them off 40.87, his third sub-41 swim on the day. Tanner Filion (41.61), Tommy Janton (41.97), and Abdelrahman Elaraby (41.13) brought things home for the Fighting Irish.

NC State and Virginia Tech made it a close race the whole way, with the Wolfpack (2:46.22) touching 2nd ahead of VT (2:46.77). Quintin McCarty anchored NC State in 40.74 to try to catch Elaraby, but the Notre Dame lead was too much to overcome.

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Jason
1 month ago

OMG what an insane swim. Notice her last two meters underwater before breakout, she absolutely smashes them. I’m an Aussie and don’t know too much about SCY conversions, but surely she is on track for a sub 52 sec 100m free. With Haughey and MOC nudging the 52 second barrier, and looks like Emma McKeon is hitting form too now, it may well take sub 52 to make the podium come Paris.

Pan Fan
Reply to  Jason
1 month ago

She hasn’t even been under 53.

If a Chinese swimmer whose PB is 53+ suddenly skip 53 and go sub 52, you’ll call her a cheater.

Jason
Reply to  Pan Fan
1 month ago

She’s been elite for a while, so her recent drop isn’t all that unusual. Not sure where the cheating Chinese swimmer accusations come from, can’t we celebrate Gretchen’s efforts and make predications for where she may end up in Paris?? We are five months away from the Olympics, there will be plenty of predictions and opinions on form and results for a whole heap of swimmers. How about we leave the drug results to the testers.

Pan Fan
Reply to  Jason
1 month ago

Seems like you’re new to this site

Gretchen has only 1 individual world championship medal (50 fly bronze).

Her 100 free PB is 53.14, and she swam 54.06 in 2023 World Championship.

You think the jump from 53.14 to sub 52 is not unusual?

Please name one female swimmer that made such massive jump in a short time.

It took MOC full two years to improve from 53.0 to 52.0 and she hasn’t managed sub 52.

It took Sarah Sjostrom 6 years to go from 53.0 to sub 52

Siobhan Haughey is stuck in 52s for 3 years.

As for Chinese swimmer allegations, feel free to browse Swimswam past articles where people immediately threw accusations at Pan Zhanle (during… Read more »

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Pan Fan
1 month ago

🤷‍♂️ The guy made no mention of ANY Chinese swimmers in his comment!
Chill out.

jim
Reply to  Pan Fan
1 month ago

I’d argue if you threw her in the pool this past weekend, she’d be low 53/high 52…sure you lose 2 walls in LCM, but she wasn’t dying at the end of this race…she was pulling away….that says to me that she’d do just fine in LCM. This has 52 written all over it. A 52.99 is still a 52.