CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team is the two-time defending champions heading into the 2023 NCAA Championships that begin Wednesday (March 15) and run through Saturday (March 18) in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
Wednesday will kick off the Championships with two relay finals beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday will begin with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. each day.
HOW TO FOLLOW
All sessions will be televised live on ESPN+ for authenticated subscribers. Links for the live stream and live results are available on VirginiaSports.com. Fans can also follow along on Meet Mobile app.
ABOUT THESE HOOS
- Virginia has won the last two NCAA Championships and won the third-most events ever at the NCAA Championships by a team with 11 in 2022.
- Florida and Stanford hold the record for most event champions with 13.
- Last year the Cavaliers won it all with a total of 551.5 points, 145.5 points ahead of second place Texas.
- The Cavaliers return all three individual champions from last season, led by senior Kate Douglass (50 free, 100 fly, 200 breast) and junior Alex Walsh (200 IM, 200 free, 200 fly) who both swept their events.
- Sophomore Gretchen Walsh won her first career title in the 100-yard freestyle.
- UVA also won titles in four of the five relays (200 and 400 free, 200 and 400 medley).
- Seniors Lexi Cuomo, Maddie Donohoe and Ella Nelson, junior Anna Keating and sophomore Reilly Tiltmann return as first team All-Americans from a year ago. Cuomo and Tiltmann were part of championship relay teams as well.
- The Cavaliers also bring back honorable mention All-American Abby Harter.
WHERE THEY STACK UP
- Douglass and A. Walsh have the top times in the 200-yard IM this season. Douglass is first with a 1:50.15 and Walsh is second with a 1:51.95.
- Nelson enters with the fifth-fastest time of the season in the 200 IM (1:53.69).
- G. Walsh owns the fastest time this season in the 50-yard freestyle with a 20.83.
- Nelson is the top qualifier in the 400-yard IM with her time of 3:59.33 and A. Walsh is fourth (4:03.79).
- Douglass has the top time in the 100-yard butterfly this season (48.84).
- Freshman Aimee Canny has the second-fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:42.62.
- Freshman Emma Weber is the ninth-fastest entering the 100-yard breaststroke (58.61).
- G. Walsh leads the competitors in the 100-yard backstroke with a 49.25 and Tiltmann is sixth with a 50.90.
- Tiltmann is seventh in the 200-yard backstroke with a 1:51.05.
- G. Walsh is second in the 100-yard freestyle with her time of 46.32.
- Douglass enters the 200-yard breaststroke with the fastest time in NCAA, American and US Open history of 2:01.43.
- Senior Jenn Bell and sophomore Lizzy Kaye qualified for the NCAA Championships last week at NCAA Zone A. Bell will compete on the 1-meter and 3-meter after finishing second on both. Kaye won the 1-meter and also qualified on the 3-meter and platform.