@ACCSwimDive Championships Day 1

7:45 pm | VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA … ANOTHER BROKEN RECORD

With a record  women’s 200 medley relay time already in hand, the Virginia Cavaliers’ 800 free relay team followed suit in Wednesday night’s ACC Swimming and Diving Championship Day 1 finale, swimming to a gold medal time of 7:00.93 that also set a new conference and meet standard.

Virginia fended off a strong challenge from North Carolina, which took the silver medal at 7:01.83. Louisville posted a bronze medal showing of 7:05.75.

The Cavalier team of Leah Smith, Courtney Bartholomew, Kaitlyn Jones and freshman anchor Cece Williams topped last year’s standard  of 7:01.39. Smith and Jones were also members of the Cavaliers’ record-setting 800 free relay team in 2014, and Bartholomew swam on the UVa. 200 medley team that posted a record gold medal showing earlier Wednesday evening.

Williams was especially impressive, keeping the Cavaliers in front on the last leg of the 800 despite a strong challenge from UNC junior counterpart Emma Dunn.

“That last relay was awesome, Virginia coach Augie Busch said. “Watching a freshman anchor – that was a really special moment for both her and the team. She’s come in and injected a bunch of positive energy in our program. Everyone loves her.”

Virginia placed first in the ACC Championship women’s 800 free relay for the eighth consecutive year. 
Virginia Tech closed the night in first place in the women’s team scoring with 178  points, followed by North Carolina at 158, Miami at 150, Virginia at 144 and Notre Dame at 141.

Louisville held sixth place at 139, followed by NC State at  111, Florida State at 102 and Pitt at 101.
Duke was in 10th at 94, followed by Georgia Tech at 48, Boston College at 30 and Clemson with four points.


7:15 pm | HURRICANES STIR UP MEN’S 1-METER DIVE

Miami made its mark in the ACC Championship men’s 1-meter diving competition, with freshman Briadam Herrera taking the gold medal and senior Samuel Dorman claiming the silver.

Herrera accumulated a winning score of 453.85, followed by Dorman at 404.80. The pair combined for 60 Miami team points. Virginia senior JB Kolod took the bronze medal at 372.90 in Wednesday night’s final at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.


6:30 pm | CAVALIERS REPEAT IN RECORD FASHION

The Virginia Cavaliers repeated as ACC Championship women’s 200 medley relay winners in grand style, shattering their own league and meet records with a gold medal time of 1:35.88.

The first three swimmers in Virginia’s relay rotation – Courtney Bartholomew, Laura Simon and Ellen Williamson – were also part of the 2014 unit that established an ACC overall and Championship record of 1:36.16. The anchor of this year’s team – sophomore Ellen Thomas – came up big Wednesday evening as the Cavaliers overtook conference newcomer Louisville (1:36,30) on the final leg to claim their fifth ACC 200 medley title in seven years. NC State took the bronze medal with a time of 1:37.22.

“We knew had a really good anchor leg,” Virginia coach Augie Busch said. “All in all it was a really good relay. We were pretty safe on our exchanges, so that’s a positive.”

It actually marked the second time this season that the Cavaliers broke their own record. Virginia set a new overall standard on Dec. 6 with a time of 1:36.07 at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Holland, Michigan. Virginia, ranked No. 8 nationally, is seeking its eighth straight ACC women’s swimming and diving team championship and its 13th overall.

“Any time you break any record, it’s a positive feeling,” Busch said. “(But) it’s a really, really long meet. It’s great to get off on the right foot, but we were the favorites to win (the 200 medley), so I’m happy we got through that. But it’s a long meet and we gotta battle.”


5:50 pm | VIRGINIA TECH’S ARNETT REPEATS

Virginia Tech senior Kaylea Arnett now owns five ACC Championship women’s diving gold medals. Arnett claimed her second consecutive title in the 3-meter event late Wednesday afternoon, picking up 72 points on her final attempt in round 6 for a winning score of 369.45. Arnett has also taken the gold in the 1-meter dive each of the previous three years and will go for a four-year sweep on Thursday evening.

The Miami duo of Thea Vock and Cheyenne Cousineau claimed the 3-meter silver and bronze. Vock placed second with a score of 354.45, while Couisineau posted a third-place showing at 349.60.

The opening day of the 2015 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships closes with a flurry at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, with finals slated In the women’s 200 medley and 800 free relays, as well men’s 1-meter diving.


4:20 pm | MEN’S 1-METER DIVING PRELIMS

Miami continues to make its mark in the ACC Championship diving preliminaries, with the Hurricanes’ Samuel Dorman leading the way in the 1-meter. Dorman totaled 386.30 points and will be joined in this evening’s 6 p.m. final by North Carolina’s Jack Nyquist (361.30), Virginia’s Carl Buergler (336.35), Virginia Tech’s Kyle Butts (331.40), Miami’s Briadam Herrara (330.65), Virginia’s JB Kolod (328.45), Virginia Tech’s Thomas Shinholser (326.85) and Florida State’s Dylan Grisell (323.95).

The women’s 3-meter diving final is next on the docket at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center and is set for a 5 pm start.


1:15 pm | WOMEN’S 3-METER PRELIMS CONCLUDE 

The top eight finishers in the women’s 3-meter diving preliminaries move on to the finals of the ACC Championship event, set for later today at 5 p.m. Miami’s Cheyenne Cousineau leads the qualifiers with a total of 360.70, followed by Notre Dame’s Allison Casareto (320.40), Virginia Tech's Kaylea Arnett (311.30), Miami’s Thea Vock (311.10), Notre Dame’s Lindsey Streepey (303.35), Virginia Tech’s Kelli Stockton (301.80), Virginia Tech’s Ashley Buchter (296.25) and North Carolina’s Michole Timm (296.20).

Cousineau’s field-leading effort featured an average round score of 60.12. Virginia Tech’s Arnett will seek to successfully defend her 2014 title in today’s final round.

Men’s 1-meter diving prelims are up next at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, beginning at 2 p.m.


COUNTDOWN TO SPLASHDOWN

The doors to the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center opened at 9 a.m., and the first action of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships begins shortly with the Women’s 3 Meter Prelims. The Aquatic Center, which played host to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, is welcoming the ACC Championships for the fourth time after previously hosting in 2005, 2008 and 2011.