GREENSBORO, N.C. – Freshman Kate Douglass’s (Pelham, N.Y.) national-leading and ACC record time in the 200-yard individual medley led Virginia at the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships on Thursday (Feb. 20). The Cavaliers captured a total of three ACC titles during the day as junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) and the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team also won an ACC crown.
Virginia held its lead in the team standings, concluding day two with 524.5 points. NC State is in second place with 497 points, while Louisville is in third place with 404 points.
Douglass set an ACC, ACC Championship, UVA and Greensboro Aquatic Center facility record in the 200-yard individual medley. The freshman recorded a time of 1:51.36 to win the event by three seconds and capture her first individual ACC title. She holds the top time in the NCAA this season.
Madden won her second individual and fifth career ACC title during the competition, recording a time of 4:36.19 to finish first in the 500-yard freestyle. She topped the competition by over three seconds and recorded the top time in the country with the swim.
The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Douglass, freshman Lexi Cuomo (Clifton, Va.), sophomore Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.) and senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) won Virginia’s third title of the day with a time of 1:26.73. The performance ranks third in the nation and second in UVA history.
Virginia added four All-ACC honors to its night with Hill placing second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.76. Junior Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.) went 1:55.22 in the 200-yard individual medley to finish third in the event and post the fourth-best time in UVA history. Freshman Maddie Donohoe (Annandale, Va.) swam a time of 4:42.05 to finish third in the 500-yard freestyle and earn her first All-ACC honor. Senior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) captured her second podium finish of the week, placing third on the 3m board with a score of 319.25.
Virginia will return to action on Friday for day three of the ACC Championships. The preliminary events will begin at 10 a.m. The finals will be streamed on ACCNX with events beginning at 6 p.m.
• Virginia has won five ACC titles through eight events, including three conference titles during Thursday’s competition.
• Virginia has captured the top time in all three relays at the meet.
• Morgan Hill now has nine ACC titles, two individual and seven relay, to tie for seventh for most ACC individual championships in UVA history.
• Douglass topped her prior ACC record in the 200-yard individual medley with tonight’s swim.
• Jocelyn Porter (Cornelius, N.C.) advanced to the finals on the 3m board to compete alongside Dusel. She placed eighth with a score of 264.35.
• Virginia had three swimmers advance to the finals in the 200-yard individual medley as freshman Ella Nelson (Nashville, Tenn.) joined Douglass and Richter in the event. Nelson’s time of 1:55.43 ranks sixth in UVA history.
• Cuomo’s time in the B finals of the 50-yard freestyle ranks fourth in UVA history. She swam a career-best time of 22.00 in the event.
Quote from Todd DeSorbo
” (We) Had a great day, significantly better than this same day last year,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “Overall, we are more than 100 points ahead of our score from last year, which is the ultimate goal, to outdo ourselves. The women are having a great time, having fun, supporting each other and competing well. Our 500 (free) girls got the night started off rocking with a 1-3 finish, followed up by another 1-3 finish in the 200 IM with Kate Douglass smashing the ACC record and posting one of the fastest 200 IMs in NCAA history. The 50 (free) was a great battle with Morgan (Hill) having a clutch swim for second and then the follow up relay dominating.
“The divers had one of the best showings we’ve ever had on 3m with two females, Sydney (Dusel) and Jocelyn (Porter) making the championship final. The male divers are having one of the best showings we’ve had as a group here as well. The guys are well ahead of what they scored last year at ACCs and I’m excited to see them going off the platform next. This meet is coming together as an overall full team effort and it’s exciting to see. Still have a long way to go here, but we are off to a great start.”