Louisville and Virginia won three events apiece as five records were broken on Friday night at the 2016 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship, held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The Cavaliers maintained their lead in the team race with a three-day total of 897.5 points. NC State sits in second with 807, followed by North Carolina with 733 and Louisville with 707 after three days of competition.
It’s a great honor,” said Louisville coach Arthur Albiero on the record-setting victories. “It always goes back to preparation. This group especially has done a phenomenal job preparing. We had a breakthrough year last year and I think what I admire the most about them is that they are hungry for more and it showed in the preparation all year. For us to be in the conversation and to be very fortunate to win a few races tonight is something that we don’t take for granted at all. We are very proud and very honored.”
In the 400 IM A Final, Rachael Bradford Feldman dropped one second from her morning swim to get a new best time of 4:07.89 and touched fourth. In the B final, Marah Pugh finished in eighth with a time of 4:19.0 In the C Final, UofL senior Devon Bibault finished third in 4:18.32, dropping more than a second from this morning. Manuela Sampaio was seventh in 4:19.34, also a one second drop.
Kelsi Worrell struck gold in the 100-fly with a new conference championships record in 50.06. She reset her own ACC meet record of 50.17 from 2015, the fifth fastest time of all-time She has now posted three of the four fastest swims in history of this event.
Cardinal freshman Mallory Comerford pulled the upset of the meet so far with the gold medal time 1:42.79 in the 200-free for a new school record and NCAA A cut. With this time, Mallory would have placed 4th at last year’s NCAA championships. She beat favorite Leah Smith of Virginia, who was the defending ACC champion, meet record holder, and the top seed by a full second this morning. Smith went 1:42.97, which was under her old meet record. Getting out to a blazing start, Comerford was able to hold off Smith over the final four laps.
In the 200 Free B Final, Abigail Houck took the win in 1:45.83 dropping 0.37 from her preliminary swim. Andrea Kneppers touched fifth with a 1:46.94.
The Cardinals set a new ACC and school record in the 100-breast, when Andrea Cottrell boarded a 58.26. She placed third a year ago and tonight’s swim ranked her first in the nation for a matter of minutes until Lily King of Indiana went 57.35 at the Big Ten Championships. Louisville’s Lucy Kramer touched in seventh place in the C Final in 1:03.18.
In the 100-back, Louisville’s Ashley LeClair repeated her performance from this morning and finished eighth in the A Final with a time of 53.26. Freshman Alina Kendzior won the B-final in 53.01, dropping 0.34 from her preliminary time to get the win. Mackenzie Buss tied for second in the C final, going 54.13 and dropping 0.06 from her morning swim.
It was a photofinish in the 400-medley relay, the final event of the evening. The Cardinals set new school record for Alina Kendzior, Andrea Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford went 3:28.32, second by only 0.07 to Virginia who took gold.
The 2016 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships resume Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the preliminaries in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the men’s and women’s platform diving. The finals for those events, in addition to the final heat of the 1650 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay begin at 6 p.m.
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