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Tar Heels sweep diving, split swimming with NC State
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina swimmer Ally Hardesty and diving teammates Jack Nyquist and Elissa Dawson, along with NC State swimmer Simonas Bilis, were named this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week.
Bilis earned Male Swimmer of the Week honors after posting four individual first-place finishes and four B-cut times in the Wolfpack’s dual meets against No. 2 California and No. 7 Stanford. The senior finished the weekend with the top national time in the 100 free (43.08), as well as the second-fastest time nationally in the 50 free (19.47). Bilis also led the 200 and 400 free relay teams to first-place finishes and the 200 medley relay team to a first- and second-place finish.
Nyquist was named Male Diver of the Week for the second time this season after finishing the weekend with a first-place finish in the 1-meter event and a second-place finish in the 3-meter event. The junior recorded a conference-leading score of 421.13 in the 1-meter against 14th-ranked Louisville, breaking his own school record in the event. Nyquist finished 1.12 points behind Louisville’s Sean Piner in the 3-meter event.
Hardesty was named Female Swimmer of the Week after leading the Tar Heels to a dual meet victory over No. 12 Louisville. The senior won the 100 and 200 free events, posting NCAA B cut times in both events. She then led the 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relay teams to top finishes, helping the 200 free relay team to the first NCAA provisional standard in the nation this season.
Dawson earned her second Female Diver of the Week honor this season after posting wins in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in the Tar Heels’ win over No. 12 Louisville. The sophomore finished with NCAA zone qualifying scores in both events, finishing with 308.55 in the 1-meter and 345.83 in the 3-meter. Dawson won by solid margins in both events, winning the 1-meter by 36 points and the 3-meter by 30 points.