ACC Swimming and Diving: North Carolina’s Nyquist Earns Second Weekly Award

(Left to right: Lumbra, Bilis, Nyquist, Kylliainen)

Georgia Tech, Louisville and NC State student-athletes each take home one apiece 

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina sophomore Jack Nyquist captured his second consecutive Men’s Diver of the Week award after a strong showing last weekend against Georgia. Georgia Tech’s Shannon Lumbra, Louisville’s Tanja Kylliainen and NC State’s Simonas Bilis were all recognized after impressive performances of their own.

NC State’s Bilis, who earned ACC Male Swimmer of the Week honors, was sensational in the Wolfpack’s upset victory against top-five foe Georgia on Saturday. Bilis swept the three sprint freestyle events and sealed the team victory by anchoring the first place 400 free relay team that decided the outcome of the meet. Bilis recorded three NCAA ‘B’ cuts on the day, as he finished first in the 50 (19.96), 100 (43.74) and 200 (1:37.02) freestyle events.

North Carolina’s Nyquist took home the ACC Male Diver of the Week for the second straight week after he won both events in the Tar Heels thrilling meet against Georgia. Nyquist has won three of four events in the last two weeks against SEC powers Tennessee and Georgia, while finishing second in the other event by less than one point. The sophomore led the Tar Heels to a top-3 sweep on the 1-meter board with a score of 375.98 and following that with a 396.90 score on the 3-meter board. 

Louisville’s Kylliainen grabbed ACC Female Swimmer of the Week after being named Swimmer of the Meet at the SMU Classic. The senior recorded three NCAA ‘B’ cuts on the day, as she finished first in the 200 IM (1:59.48), first in the 400 IM (4:10.89) and second in the 200 fly (1:57.30). 

Georgia Tech’s Lumbra was named ACC Female Diver of the Week for her noteworthy weekend in the pool. The junior registered NCAA qualifying zones in all four of her dives, earning two first place finishes on Saturday in the 1-meter (298.70) and 3-meter (308.50) along with two second place finishes in the 1-meter (285.95) and 3-meter (306.00) on Friday.