CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s swimming team and the Cavalier men’s and women’s diving teams will open the ACC Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., this week. Competition will run from Feb. 19 through Feb. 22.
Events will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday as the men’s 3m and the women’s 1m dive opens competition. Swimming finals will start at 5:15 p.m. that same day. For the final three days of competition, swimming prelims will start at 10 a.m., while finals will begin at 6 p.m. Diving events will be held in between the prelims and finals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
How to Follow
Fans can watch the finals for Thursday, Friday and Saturday on ACCNX, through the ESPN app. Links to the stream and to live results are available at VirginiaSports.com.
• There is a point at stake this week in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash.
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• Virginia currently leads this year’s challenge, 4.5-3.5.
The Build to Conference
• The Cavaliers enter the conference championships after a strong regular-season showing.
• Virginia recorded a 5-1 dual meet recorded which included wins over ACC foes Virginia Tech, NC State and North Carolina.
• The success of the season has kept the women’s program ranked in the top-10 nationally for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.
• Virginia enters the conference championships ranked sixth in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s latest poll (Jan. 22).
Hoo Leads the ACC
• Virginia enters the ACC Championships with the fastest time in the conference in nine of 13 individual events.
• Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) leads the ACC in the 50-yard freestyle (21.53), 200-yard breaststroke (2:06.19), 100-yard butterfly (50.30) and 200-yard individual medley (1:52.84). Douglass’s time in the 200-yard individual medley set an ACC record.
• Junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) holds the top ACC time in four individual events, pacing the conference in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.52), 500-yard freestyle (4:34.64), 1650-yard freestyle (15:58.25) and 200-yard backstroke (1:51.28).
• Senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) is the conference leader in the 100-yard freestyle (47.74).
• The Cavaliers also hold the top relay time in three events, entering the weekend as the top seed in the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay. Virginia set an ACC record in the 200-yard medley relay.
• Additionally, Virginia has 14 times that rank in the top five of an event, including holding the two fastest times in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle.
On the Boards
• After finishing as the runner-up on the 3m board at last year’s championship, senior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) will look to capture her first ACC title.
• The senior diver swept the 1m and 3m against NC State and North Carolina and won the 3m board against Virginia Tech. She also captured a first-place finish on both springboards at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
• Junior Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.) leads the women’s team on the platform, recording a top-10 finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
• Senior Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) leads the Cavaliers on the boards, while sophomore Walker Creedon (Cary, N.C.) holds the team’s top score on the platform.
• During the season, Shelton won the 1m dive against NC State and Wisconsin and topped the 3m dive against Tennessee.
• Creedon recorded two top-five finishes on the platform at invitationals during the season, placing first at the Tennessee Diving Invitational and fourth at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
• Virginia has finished in the top two of the ACC Championships every season since 2008 and won the conference title on 10 occasions during that span.
• Hill and Madden have won individual titles at the conference championship.
• Hill is a two-time 2019 ACC champion, winning the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
• Madden captured the 2018 crown in the 200-yard backstroke.
• Hill is also a five-time ACC relay champion, recording three back-to-back wins in the 800-yard freestyle relay as well as winning the 2018 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
• Redshirt senior Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) was a member of the Cavaliers’ 2016 and 2019 champion 800-yard freestyle relay team.
• Madden holds relay titles with the 2018 and 2019 800-yard freestyle relay.