ATLANTA – Virginia’s women’s swimming & diving team won its third consecutive ACC Championship and its 18th overall on Saturday night at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
UVA’s women finished with 1418 points after winning 14 events at the 2022 ACC Championships.
“At this point I just get out of the way and let them do their thing,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “They push each other, build on each other and support each other. They are just a family. They race for each other, for the Hoos, their parents, the fans and their male counterparts.”
Sophomore Alex Walsh was named the ACC Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer with three individual ACC titles (200 IM, 200 free and 200 breast) and three relay championships. Walsh was a part of two of the American record-setting relays.
- Virginia’s women set three American Records in relays and set four individual UVA and ACC records during the championship.
- Along with Walsh, junior Kate Douglass won three individual ACC titles. Freshman Emma Weyant, junior Ella Nelson and freshman Reilly Tiltmann also won individual championships.
- The Cavaliers swept all five relays for the second consecutive year.
- Tiltmann won her first ACC individual title in the 200-yard backstroke. She finished with a personal-best and NCAA A time of 1:50.49.
- Douglass completed her individual event sweep with her second consecutive title in the 100-yard freestyle. She won in 46.81. Freshman Gretchen Walsh took second just .04 seconds behind Douglass with a 46.86.
- Walsh closed out the individual events with the second-fastest time in history in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:03.02.
- Junior Maddie Donohoe earned All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle with a personal-best time of 16:03.28. Weyant finished fifth in 16:15.14.
- Freshman Ella Bathurst finished seventh in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.42 and sophomore Sophia Wilson was 13th in 1:55.55.
- Lexi Cuomo finished 11th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.74 and freshman Kate Morris was 20th in 49.62.
- UVA had four women in the 200-breast final. Nelson finished third with a NCAA A time of 2:04.95. Sophomore Anna Keating finished sixth in 2:07.86 and senior Alexis Wenger was seventh in 2:07.87.
- Virginia’s men finished fourth at the 2022 ACC Championships.
- Freshman Jack Aikins finished second in the 200-yard backstroke with a UVA record time of 1:39.53. Senior Justin Grender was seventh with a time of 1:40.98. Sophomore Will Cole was 12th in 1:42.20, junior Sean Conway was 14th in 1:42.67 and junior Max Edwards finished 16th in 1:44.26.
- UVA’s trio of sophomore Matt King, freshman Connor Boyle and sophomore Matt Brownstead finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. King swam the second-fastest time in school history, 41.89 and Boyle’s 42.09 is the third-fastest time in school history. August Lamb was 20th in 43.37.
- Freshman Scooter Iida finished eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:53.87, to rank fifth all-time. Sophomore Noah Nichols was ninth in 1:53.20 and senior Casey Storch finished 12th in 1:54.31.
- The Cavaliers closed out the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
SMITHFIELD COMMONWEALTH CLASH
The championship counted as a single point in the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash for each men’s and women’s teams – a head-to-head athletic competition between the two schools. Virginia Tech leads the annual competition 7.0 to 2.5 after the competition.
Virginia’s divers will compete at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships March 7-9.