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Multiple honorees lead their respective teams to wins over ranked opponents
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – After leading their respective teams to victories over ranked opponents last weekend, North Carolina’s Logan Heck and Jack Nyquist, along with Virginia’s Ellen Williamson, earned Atlantic Coast Conference swimming & diving weekly honors. Also earning honors for her performance from this past weekend was Virginia Tech’s Ashley Buchter, who recorded personal bests in diving competition.
North Carolina’s Heck won two individual events and anchored two victorious relays to help rally the No. 16 Tar Heels past No. 20 Virginia, 154-145. Heck’s heroics helped the Tar Heels post only their third dual meet victory over the Cavaliers since the 1998 season. Heck opened the meet by anchoring the 200-yard medley relay to victory in 1:27.93, as the Tar Heels beat out Virginia’s top relay by 1.57 seconds. Heck’s anchor leg of 19.69 was four-tenths faster than any other anchor split. Heck went on to best the field in the 50-yard freestyle, beating out teammate Sam Lewis for first place 20.47 to 20.50. Heck also captured the 100-yard freestyle in 44.95, edging out second by 0.62 seconds. With the Tar Heels trailing in the meet through 12 events, Carolina staged a rally by winning the final four events. The meet was tied 141-141 going into the final event, setting up a winner-take-all scenario in the 400-yard freestyle relay with the top relay earning 11 team points. The Tar Heels won the relay 2:59.58 to Virginia’s second place time of 3:00.61. Heck had the fastest 100-yard freestyle split of any swimmer in the relay, going 44.13. Heck previously earned a Swimmer of the Week honor on Jan. 14.
North Carolina’s Nyquist had one first-place finish and one second-place finish in the victory over the Cavaliers. Nyquist’s win in three-meter diving was key to North Carolina’s comeback win, as he scored 385.50 points in the event, the 14th of 16 events. The Tar Heels trailed Virginia for much of the meet but then won the last four events, including Nyquist’s win. Nyquist also took second place in the one-meter diving event with a score of 357.75 points. The Diver of the Week honor is Nyquist’s second of the season, with his previous honor coming on October 22.
Virginia’s Williamson helped lead the Cavaliers to victories at conference rivals Duke and No. 7 North Carolina. Against the Tar Heels, the junior from Ft. Mitchell, Ky., won the final two individual swimming events (100 fly and 200 IM) to lead Virginia to a come-from-behind victory, 152-146. Against Duke, Williamson won the 200 back and swam the 100 breast for the first time in her career. In both meets, Williamson was a member of the meet-opening relays, including the 400 medley relay against Duke and 200 medley relay against UNC.
In a 169.5-125.5 victory against UNC-Wilmington, Virginia Tech’s Buchter recorded a first-place finish in the three-meter board competition, as she recorded a NCAA zone standard score of 353.47. The score, which is a personal best for Buchter, is the third-best score in the ACC this season. In addition, the three-meter score set a new pool record at UNC-Wilmington. On the one-meter board, Butcher registered a score of 309.82 – also a personal best – that earned her a placement of third and a NCAA zone standard.