ACC Swimming & Diving Earns Four Individual National Championships

Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell and Virginia’s Leah Smith take home two NCAA titles apiece

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Competing in the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center this past weekend, Atlantic Coast Conference swimmers and divers earned four individual national championships, 53 All-America honors and 56 honorable mention All-America honors.

In their first season with the ACC, Kelsi Worrell led the Cardinals to a record setting sixth place finish, capturing two individual titles along the way in both the 100 and 200 fly events. She set a new NCAA, U.S. Open and American record with a swim of 49.81 in the 100 fly on Friday. The junior followed that up with a 1:51.11 in the 200 fly on Saturday.

Leah Smith became only the second Cavalier woman to win two national titles and is the first to win two titles in the same meet by taking home the 500 free and the 1,650 free. In addition to her national championship in the 500 free, Smith broke the NCAA record in the prelims, posting a time of 4:30.37, becoming the second-fastest performer ever in the event. Her 1,650 free time of 15:34.46 also set a new ACC record. She is now a seven-time All-American.

This year’s four individual national champions are tied for the most ever in ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving history. It had only been done once before, in 1982, when Sue Walsh (UNC) won three titles and Barb Harris (UNC) earned another.

Eight-time defending ACC Champion Virginia was the highest finishing team in the league, placing 5th overall with 229 points. The Cavaliers were followed by Louisville (6th, 163 points), NC State (17th, 79 points), North Carolina (19th, 56.5 points), Notre Dame (21st, 55 points), Florida State (24th, 45 points), Miami (25th, 42 points), Virginia Tech (27th, 36 points) and Pitt (44th, 2 points).

With Virginia coming in at fifth and Louisville sixth, it marks the first time in conference history that two teams finished in the top 6 at the NCAA Championships.

Four ACC teams finished in the top 20 of the final standings, tied for the second most of any conference.

Competition in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships begins this Thursday, March 26 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

200 Free Relay

NC State – Lauren Poli, Ashlyn Koletic, Krista Duffield, Riki Bonnema (AA)

Louisville – Andrea Kneppers, Kelsi Worrell, Maggie Patterson, Tanja Kylliainen (AA)

Virginia – Shannon Rauth, Ellen Thomas, Caitlin Cooper, Ellen Williamson (HM)

North Carolina – Caroline Baldwin, Hannah Lincoln, Sarah Hitchens, Ally Hardesty (HM)

500 Free

Leah Smith, Virginia (AA)

Danielle Siverling, North Carolina (HM)

200 IM

Emma Reaney, Notre Dame (AA)

Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia (AA)

Tanja Kylliainen, Louisville (AA)

Ellen Williamson, Virginia (HM)

50 Free

Kelsi Worrell, Louisville (AA)

Riki Bonnema, NC State (AA)

One Meter Dive

Katrina Young, Florida State (AA)

Allison Casareto, Notre Dame (HM)

Thea Vock, Miami (HM)

Rachel Mumma, NC State (HM)

400 Medley Relay

Virginia – Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson, Ellen Thomas (AA)

Louisville – Tanja Kylliainen, Andee Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell, Andrea Kneppers (AA)

North Carolina – Megan Bestor, Katie Munch, Hellen Moffitt, Ally Hardesty (HM)

200 Medley Relay

Louisville – Tanja Kylliainen, Andee Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell, Andrea Kneppers (AA)

Virginia – Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson, Ellen Thomas (AA)

NC State – Alexia Zevnik, Kayla Brumbaum, Ashlyn Koletic, Riki Bonnema (HM)

Florida State – Bianca Spinnazzola, Natalie Pierce, Chelsea Britt, Kaitlyn Dressel (HM)

400 IM

Tanja Kylliainen, Louisville (AA)

100 Fly

Kelsi Worrell, Louisville (AA)

Chelsea Britt, Florida State (AA)

Hellen Moffitt, North Carolina (HM)

200 Free

Leah Smith, Virginia (AA)

Danielle Siverling, North Carolina (HM)

100 Breast

Emma Reaney, Notre Dame (AA)

Laura Simon, Virginia (AA)

Andee Cottrell, Louisville (HM)

100 Back

Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia (AA)

Three Meter Dive

Thea Vock, Miami (AA)

Kaylea Arnett, Virginia (AA)

Cheyenne Cousineau, Miami (HM)

Michole Timm, North Carolina (HM)

800 Free Relay

Virginia – Leah Smith, Hanne Borgersen, Kaitlyn Jones, Cece Williams (HM)

North Carolina – Danielle Siverling, Ally Hardesty, Lauren Earp, Emma Nunn (HM)

1650 Free

Leah Smith, Virginia (AA)

Kaleigh Ritter, Pitt (HM)

200 Back

Courtney Bartholomew, Virginia (AA)

Jen Marrkand, Virginia (HM)

100 Free

Kaitlyn Dressel, Florida State (HM)

200 Breast

Laura Simon, Virginia (AA)

Emma Reaney, Notre Dame (AA)

Weronika Paluszek, Virginia Tech (AA)

200 Fly

Kelsi Worrell, Louisville (AA)

Tanja Kylliainen, Louisville (AA)

Chelsea Britt, Florida State (AA)

Klaudia Nazieblo, Virginia Tech (HM)

Platform Dive

Cheyenne Cousineau, Miami (AA)

Kaylea Arnett, Virginia Tech (HM)

Elissa Dawson, North Carolina (HM)

400 Free Relay

NC State – Alexia Zevnik, Riki Bonnema, Natalie Labonge, Krista Duffield (AA)

Louisville – Andrea Kneppers, Kelsi Worrell, Rachel Grooms, Tanja Kylliainen (HM)

North Carolina – Danielle Siverling, Caroline Baldwin, Lauren Earp, Ally Hardesty (HM)

Virginia – Ellen Thomas, Courtney Bartholomew, Shannon Rauth, Kaitlyn Jones (HM)

Team Standings

5) Virginia – 229

6) Louisville – 197

17) NC State – 79

19) North Carolina – 56.5

21) Notre Dame – 55

24) Florida State – 45

25) Miami – 42

27) Virginia Tech – 36

44) Pitt – 2