NC State, Virginia Win 2022 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships

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ATLANTA (theACC.com) – The NC State men and Virginia women captured ACC team titles Saturday following five days of competition at the 2022 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Pavilion. NC State won its 31st ACC title, including its seventh in the last eight years. Virginia earned its third straight ACC championship and 18th in program history.

The NC State men cruised to the title, racking up 1501.5 points, most in ACC Championships history. Louisville (1192.5), Virginia Tech (1054) and Virginia (1041) finished second through fourth, respectively. With two first-place finishes and a third, Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan was named the ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Swimmer by vote of the head coaches. Miami’s Max Flory was chosen as the ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Diver.

The Virginia women piled up 1418.5 points. NC State was second with 1347 points, while Louisville was third with 1136.5 and North Carolina was fourth with 760. After winning three individual events, Virginia’s Alex Walsh earned the ACC Championships Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer distinction after winning three individual events, while Duke’s Margo O Meara was named ACC Championships Women’s Most Valuable Diver.

To start the Saturday finals, Louisville’s Liberty Williams won the women’s 1650 freestyle with a time 15:43.21, earning an NCAA A standard with an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships. Virginia Tech’s Chase Travis (16:00.54) placed second, while Virginia’s Maddie Donohoe (16:03.28) notched third.

NC State took the top two spots in the podium in the 1650 freestyle, as John Gallant (14:33.40) and Ross Dant (14:36.71) each recorded NCAA A times. Georgia Tech’s Mert Kilavuz (14:43.26) took third.

Virginia freshman Reilly Tiltmann earned gold in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA A time of 1:50.49. NC State’s Emma Muzzy (1:50.62) took the silver, while Virginia Tech’s Emma Atkinson (1:50.64) won the bronze.

Virginia Tech’s Sam Tornqvist (1:39.20) came back to win the men’s 200 backstroke, just touching ahead of Virginia’s Jack Atkins (1:39.53) and NC State’s Hunter Tapp (1:40.14).

The women’s 100 freestyle was decided by eight one-hundredths of a second among the top three finishers. Virginia’s Kate Douglass (46.81) won her third individual gold of the championships, finishing just ahead of teammate Gretchen Walsh (46.86) and NC State’s Katharine Berkoff (46.89) in a race that featured the top three times in the nation this season.

The men’s 100 freestyle also was close, with Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan (41.76) winning his second gold of the championships. Virginia took silver and bronze, with Matthew King (41.89) and Connor Boyle (42.09), respectively.

Virginia’s Alex Walsh finished in an ACC-record time of 2:03.02 to capture the women’s 200 breaststroke championship. It was the second-fastest women’s 200 breaststroke time in history. NC State’s Sophie Hansson earned the silver medal in 2:03.75, while the Cavaliers’ Ella Nelson picked up the bronze in 2:04.95.

O’Meara won the women’s platform diving competition with a six-dive total of 324.95, just ahead of runner-up Else Prassterink of Louisville, who scored 321.45. Notre Dame’s Kelly Straub earned the bronze with a total of 287.65.

Virginia’s team of Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltman and Gretchen Walsh rolled to an ACC and meet record in the women’s 400 freestyle relay, winning with a time of 3:08.22. NC State (3:10.27) finished second, while Louisville (3:10.89) took third. Virginia Tech (3:14.26) and UNC (3:14.38) joined the top three teams in earning NCAA A cuts.

NC State capped off the championships by winning the men’s 400 free relay in a pool-record time of 2:46.18 with the team of Luke Miller, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Noah Henderson and Hunter Tapp. Virginia (2:46.45) and Virginia Tech (2:48.03) also earned podium finishes, while Louisville (2:48.92) and FSU (2:50.15) also notched NCAA A standards.

Women’s Final Standings

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

Men’s Final Standings

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

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