Louisville’s Worrell Sets American Record

No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Louisville lead way in standings

ATLANTA -- Virginia, Louisville, NC State, and North Carolina continue to hold spots in the top 20 and Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell set an American record as competition continued at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, held Wednesday through Sunday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Through 14 events, Virginia sits in fifth with 196 points, followed by No. 6 Louisville (176), No. 11 NC State (95), No. 18 North Carolina (47), No. 33 Miami (6), No. 33 Virginia Tech (6), and No. 36 Pitt (4).

Entering the meet as the defending champion in the 100 butterfly, Worrell lowered her own American and U.S. Open record with a time of 49.39. With the victory, she becomes the fourth ACC woman to win at least three individual national titles and joins Virginia’s Leah Smith who reached the mark on Thursday.

North Carolina’s Hellen Moffitt placed fifth in the event, while NC State’s Natalie Labonge came in 16th.

In the 200 freestyle, Louisville freshman Mallory Comerford (1:42.54) was out-touched at the wall by Georgia’s Brittany MacLean (1:42.42). Virginia’s Leah Smith also earned All-America honors with a sixth place finish, while Cavalier teammate Megan Moroney finished 11th and NC State’s Rachel Muller was 15th.

Louisville’s Andrea Cottrell came in sixth with a time of 58.78 in the 100 breastroke to earn 13 points for the Cardinals, while Virginia’s Laura Simon (58.91) was seventh.

Courtney Bartholomew posted a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.73. NC State’s Alexia Zevnik finished sixth in 51.31.

NC State’s Hannah Moore placed 16th in the 400 individual medley, while Miami’s Wally Layland and Pitt’s Meme Sharp finished 11th and 13th in the 3-meter finals, respectively, to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors.

The night ended in record-setting fashion for Louisville in the 200 medley relay. Alina Kendzior, Cottrell, Worrell, and Comerford combined to finish in 1:35.36, lowering their own ACC record set in February. Virginia finished fourth, and was followed by NC State in 11th and North Carolina in 16th.

The final day of competition gets underway Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with preliminaries. Saturday night’s finals begin at 6 p.m.

Live results for the meet can be followed at http://bit.ly/2524O9r. Additionally, fans can watch Saturday’s prelims at www.atlantaswimming.com/Webcast. Saturday’s finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.