GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 1 Virginia women’s swimming & diving won its fourth consecutive ACC Championship and 19th overall on Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Virginia finished with 1536 points, winning 14 of the 18 swimming events in route to the title. The 1536 points are the most ever in a women’s ACC Championship. The Cavaliers finished fourth on the men’s side with 946 points. NC State won the men’s ACC Championship with 1615 points.
Senior Kate Douglass and junior Alex Walsh both won all three individual events and were part of four of UVA’s five relay wins. Douglass was named the ACC Women’s Most Valuable Swimmer.
Senior Ella Nelson won two individual events and sophomore Gretchen Walsh won an individual title in the 50 free and was part of four ACC Champion relays. Junior Noah Nichols highlighted the men’s meet with his win in the 100-yard breaststroke.
NIGHT FIVE HIGHLIGHTS
- Douglass won her third individual championship of the meet with her win in the 100-yard freestyle. Douglass set a meet and ACC record with her time of 45.86 and became the third-fastest performer in the event.
- Alex Walsh completed her sweep of individual events as well, winning the 200-yard breaststroke with a pool record time of 2:03.68.
- The Cavaliers scored a trio of second place finishes. Senior Maddie Donohoe started the night off with her silver in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:59.54. G. Walsh finished second to Douglass for the second time of the meet with her 46.32 in the 100-yard freestyle. G. Walsh finished with an ACC title in the 50-yard freestyle and runner-up finishes in the 100 fly and 100 free. Junior Matt Brownstead took second in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 41.72.
- Sophomores Reilly Tiltmann and Jack AIkins both picked up third place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke. Tiltmann finished third in the women’s event with a time of 1:51.05 and Aikins was third in the men’s in 1:40.11.
- Junior Noah Nichols closed out the individual events with third in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke. Nichols finished with a time of 1:51.97 to set a UVA school record in the event.
- Virginia’s relay team of G. Walsh, Douglass, Cuomo and A. Walsh, respectively, closed out the meet with another American, NCAA & US Open record relay with a 3:06.83 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
- Freshmen Claire Tuggle and Sophia Knapp were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle.
- Sophomore Ella Bathurst finished seventh in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:53.37. Junior Sophia Wilson was 14th with a 1:57.13.
- Senior Lexi Cuomo and freshman Aimee Canny rounded out the four Hoos in the women’s 100-yard freestyle championship final. Cuomo finished sixth with a personal-best time and the fourth-fastest in school history of 47.72 and Canny was seventh with a 48.16, the eighth-fastest time. Junior Maxine Parker finished 12th with a time of 48.29 to rank ninth at UVA.
- Senior Sean Conway finished 11th in the 200-yard backstroke (1:43.36), senior Max Edwards finished 14th with a time of 1:43.71 and Will Cole was 16th in 1:46.33. Freshman Braeden Haughey won the C final in 1:42.74.
- Sophomore Tim Connery closed out his strong meet with an eighth-place finish in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 42.51, which ranks fifth all-time in UVA history.
- Sophomore Max Iida finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:53.26, marking the fifth-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Daniel Worth was 24th in 1:59.93, which ties for the seventh-fastest time in UVA history.
- The ACC Championships serves as the Commonwealth Clash matchup for Virginia and Virginia Tech.
- The rivalry between Virginia Athletics and Virginia Tech Athletics has a long and storied history dating back more than 125 years within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Cavaliers and Hokies first faced off on the gridiron in Charlottesville in 1895. First coined the Commonwealth Clash during the 2014-2015 season, the rivalry has expanded and intensified across the 22 sports the two institutions face off in head-to-head competition.
- The final ACC standings was worth a point in the Clash on the men’s and women’s sides. UVA’s women won a point and the Virginia Tech men’s team won a point. Virginia leads 6.0-4.0.
- UVA captured the Clash in 2015, 2016 and 2019, while Virginia Tech has won the Clash in 2017, 2018 and 2022. The 2020 and 2021 clashes were canceled due to the pandemic.
Virginia’s divers will compete at NCAA Zone diving March 6-8.