@ACCSwimDive Championships Day 3

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North Carolina holds the team lead heading into the final day of the 2015 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.

A consistent effort throughout the first 14 events of the meet left the Tar Heels with 862 team points at the conclusion of the third day of competition on Friday. Seven-time defending champion Virginia holds second place with 839.5 points, while Virginia Tech is third at 664.5. Louisville is in fourth at 641.

NC State is fifth at 589, followed by Notre Dame at 449, Florida State at 408, Miami at 365, Pitt at 330, Duke at 325, Georgia Tech at 137, Boston College at 92 and Clemson at 4.

Prelims in the seven remaining events will be held on Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m., in addition to the men’s platform diving. Saturday’s decisive finals session will begin at 6 p.m.


Seven-time defending champion Virginia closed the third day of the 2015 ACC Women’s Swimming  and Diving Championships in grand style

Buoyed by an ACC meet record of 50.58 by leadoff swimmer Courtney Bartholomew, the Cavaliers swam to the women’s  400 medley gold medal record in a meet-record time of 3:28.79. Virginia bettered the mark of 3:29.94 it set last year and fell just short of the ACC overall record and nation-leading time of 3:27.84 it posted earlier this season.

Bartholomew was joined in the winning effort by Laura Simon, Ellen Williamson and Kaitlyn Jones. Louisville placed second at 3:31.58, while Virginia Tech took the bronze at 3:34.75.


No one can say Miami freshman Briadam Herrera hasn’t made a strong first impression.

Herrera claimed the gold medal in the men’s 3-meter drive of the 2015 ACC Men’s Diving Championship on Friday night, collecting a first-place score of 400.20.  The strong showing came one day after Herrera posted a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive.

Virginia Tech’s Logan Stevens was second at 384.75, and Virginia’s JB Kolod claimed his second bronze medal of this year’s event at 383.95.

7:30 | 100 BACKSTROKE

It’s a three-peat for Courtney Bartholomew.

The Virginia junior swam to a gold medal finish in the 100 backstroke at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships for the third consecutive year, posting an impressive time of 51.36. The effort came a few hours after Bartholomew swam a time of 51.21, breaking her own ACC Championship meet record of 51.50 set last year. Bartholomew also holds the ACC overall record of 50.01, which she set on Dec. 5 of this season. That time was the second fastest ever in the women’s 100 fly.

“It’s an honor to swim for this team,” said Bartholomew, who is trying to lead the Cavaliers to an eighth-straight ACC championship. “Every day I get in the pool I’m very blessed to be with the girls that I call teammates.”

NC State’s Alexia Zevnik finished strong on Friday evening for a silver medal time of 52.18. Virginia Tech sophomore Klaudia Nazieblo took the bronze at 52.53.


The Most Valuable Swimmer of the 2014 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships is showing her winning form in 2015, too.

Notre Dame senior Emma Reaney swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night with a time of 58.72. The time was a pool record for the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the third-fastest in the nation this year.

Virginia sophomore Laura Simon placed second with a time of 58.97, and Louisville sophomore Andrea Cottrell took the bronze at 59.27.

 7:00 | 200 FREESTYLE

Virginia sophomore Leah Smith became a double gold medalist in the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as she swam to a first-place time of 1:43.80 in the 200 freestyle that ranks as the fourth-fastest in the nation this season. Smith finished ahead of 2014 winner Danielle Siverling of North Carolina, who took the silver medal at 1:44.65. Florida State senior Kaitlyn Dressel was third at 1:45.13.

Smith’s victory came one night after she captured her second straight ACC Championship gold medal in the 500 freestyle. UNC’s Siverling was also the silver medalist in that event.

“The win from yesterday gave me the confidence to be better tonight so I’m just really happy I swam my own race and got the win,” said Smith, who didn’t lead from the start of the race, but finished strong for the win. “I’m not used to being behind but I had to realize I’m racing sprinters and long-distance so we either come up or come down to do the 200. I had to realize it’s okay if I’m not in control of the race from the beginning.”

6:45 | 100 BUTTERFLY

Two ACC Women’s Championship Swimming and Diving events, two record-shattering performances by Louisville.

Cardinal junior Kelsi Worrell delivered the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history with a gold medal showing of 50.17 in the 100 butterfly that topped her own ACC overall and Championship mark of 50.38 set earlier in the day during prelims. Worrell joined teammate Tanja Kylliainen, who posted an ACC overall and Championship mark in the 400 IM to open the night.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Worrell said. “My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and I really wanted to give her something special. I’m just so thankful for this opportunity.”

Florida State sophomore Chelsea Britt took second place with a time of 51.79, while Duke freshman Leah Goldman claimed the bronze medal at 52.28.

6:30 | 400 IM FINALS

Tanja Kylliainen is taking another gold medal back to Louisville – along with a new ACC overall and Championship meet record.

The Cardinal senior rocked the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in the opening event of Friday night’s ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships finals session with a winning time of 4:04.21 in the 400 IM that ranks as the second fastest in the nation this season. Kylliainen topped the previous ACC Championship record by nearly three seconds and also obliterated the previous overall conference mark of 4:06.77 set by North Carolina’s Cari Blalock in 2013.

“The way we’ve been training, I’m surprised it was that (fast),” Kylliainen said. “I thought it was going to be 4:06 or 4:07 this time of the year, but we’ll see how it goes at NCAAs”

Kylliainen captured her second IM gold medal in less than 24 hours after swimming to first place in the 200 on Thursday night. Friday night’s record IM time placed her ahead of Virginia sophomore Kaitlyn Jones, who saw a silver medal time of 4:06.62 that ranks among the top 10 nationally and was also faster than the previous ACC overall mark. Virginia Tech’s Fiona Donnelly placed third with a time of 4:08.30.


Virginia’s JB Kolod led the way in the men’s 3-meter diving preliminaries early Friday afternoon at the 2015 ACC Women’s Swimming and Men’s & Women’s Diving Championships.

Kolod finished with 390.50 points and was followed by seven additional qualifiers in Florida State’s Tyler Roberge (385.35), North Carolina’s Jack Nyquist (382.10), Virginia Tech’s Logan Stevens (374.80), Georgia Tech’s Bradley Homza (358.20), Miami’s Briadam Herrera (355.70), Pitt’s Dominic Giordano (354.50) and North Carolina’s Sean Burston (353.60).

The finals are set for the evening session at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center and will also feature championship heats in six women’s swimming events.


The third day of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming and Men’s & Women’s Diving Championships have opened with a full slate of preliminaries, and two event records quickly fell by the wayside.

Louisville junior Kelsi Worrell’s time of 50.38 in qualifying for the women’s 100 butterfly was the fastest in the nation this year and set both an overall conference and ACC Championship record. Worrell had already set the previous ACC record of 50.91 earlier this season. She broke the ACC Championship mark of 51.78 set by Virginia Tech’s Heather Savage in 2013.

In the 100 backstroke, Virginia’s junior Courtney Bartholomew swam a time of 51.21, breaking her own ACC Championship meet record of 51.50 set last year. Bartholomew also holds the ACC overall record of 50.01, which she set on Dec. 5 of this season.

In addition to the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Friday morning prelims include the women’s 400 IM, 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. The men’s 3-meter diving preliminaries are set for a noon start. Finals in all six events, plus the women’s 400 medley relay, are set to begin this evening at 6 p.m.

Seven-time defending champion Virginia head into the day leading the women’s field with a team score of 486 through eight events. North Carolina is second at 458, followed by NC State at 383.

Louisville holds fourth place at 369, followed by Virginia Tech at 342, Miami at 267, Notre Dame at 251 and Florida State at 232.

Pitt holds ninth place at 232, and Duke rounds out the top 10 at 207.

Georgia Tech (99), Boston College (60) and Clemson (4) round out the scoring.