ACC Swimming & Diving Championships: Day 1

Recapping Wednesday’s Action
The 2016 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship got started with plenty of  fireworks on Wednesday night as three records fell at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. 

The Louisville 200 medley relay and Virginia 800 freestyle relay squads set ACC records in the two swimming events of the night, and Cavalier junior Leah Smith posted a meet record in the 200 freestyle.

After three events in the women’s meet, Miami leads with 155 points followed by North Carolina with 154, Louisville with 146.5, and NC State with 142. Virginia (140), Notre Dame (138), Duke (118), Virginia Tech (101), Pitt (99) Florida State (95), Georgia Tech (85.5), Boston College (60), and Clemson (28) round out the field. 

Thursday’s action gets underway at 10 a.m. with the prelims for the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, and men’s 1-meter, with doors open to spectators at 9 a.m. The finals for those events, in addition to the 200 freestyle relay, will begin at 6 p.m.

Men's 3 Meter

Miami’s Briadam Herrara successfully defended his title in the men’s 3-meter with a score of 440.00 to close out Wednesday night’s competition.

North Carolina’s Jack Nyquist (435.60) and Pitt’s Dominic Giordano (407.75) claimed the other two podium spots. 

800 Meter Freestyle

In the 800 freestyle relay, Virginia broke a major barrier in conference history. Led off by Leah Smith, the Cavaliers finished in 6:59.98, breaking the old league record of 7:00.93.

Smith got Virginia off to a blazing start with a 1:43.15 opening leg, a meet record in the 200 freestyle and the fastest time in the country this year. Megan Moroney, Kaitlyn Jones, and Jen Marrkand closed out the victory, marking the ninth straight year that the Cavaliers have won the event.

NC State also bettered the old record, touching in 7:00.53 for second place. Louisville came in third in 7:01.01.

Women's 1 Meter

Rachel Mumma claimed her first ACC title to open the diving action at the meet. The redshirt senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, posted a 331.85 to become the first NC State woman to win the event since 2000, when Shelly Cavaliere took home the title.

Miami took the other two spots on the podium, with Wallace Layland (318.65) in second and Carolyn Chaney (318.05) in third.

200 Medley Relay 
The Louisville Cardinals didn’t wait long to make noise in the meet. 

The 200 medley relay squad of Alina Kendzior, Andee Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell, and Mallory Comerford combined to touch in 1:35.43, an ACC record and the top time in the country this year. 

Worrell entered the water for the third leg in second place, just behind Virginia, and grabbed the lead for good for the Cardinals with a 22.42 split. Comerford closed out the race in 21.88 to grab the victory. 

“It’s always special to win an event at the ACC Championships and that is a great win for us to start the meet,” said Louisville coach Arthur Albiero. “It was a big win and credit to the girls who did a great job preparing for it.”

Virginia, which entered the week with the top time in the country, finished in 1:35.57 for silver and its best mark of the year. 

NC State rounded out the podium in 1:36.43. 

Getting Started
The 2016 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships are about to get underway, with the 200 medley relay starting at 4 p.m. The Greensboro Aquatic Center, which hosted the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship, is welcoming the ACC Championships for the third time. 

After the 200 medley relay, the women will get the diving competition kicked off on the 1-meter. The 800 freestyle relay will follow, and then the men’s 3-meter will close out the first day of action.  

Make sure to follow @ACCSwimDive and #ACCWSD for updates throughout the week.