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Final Relay Decisive As #1 UVA Girls Overcome Double DQ to Beat #5 NC State


Virginia v. NC State

  • January 23, 2021
  • Casey Aquatic Heart, Raleigh, NC
  • SCY
  • Twin Meet Format
  • Full Outcomes
  • Scores: Virginia 153, NC State 144

When two of prime groups within the nation face one another, even in a mid-season twin meet, it’s truthful to anticipate a bunch of quick, tight races, and as we speak’s contest between the #1 Virginia Cavaliers and the #5 NC State Wolfpack (December Power Rankings) didn’t disappoint, filled with quick swims and tight races from the very first occasion of the day till the final.

The enjoyable started within the opening occasion, the 200 medley relay. Katharine Berkoff staked the Wolfpack to an early lead with a 24.28 leadoff, with UVA virtually half a second behind after Caroline Gmelich’s 24.70. The Cavaliers took a slim lead after Alexis Wenger outsplit Sophie Hansson, 26.79 to 27.34. NC State then obtained an enormous 22.89 fly break up from Sirena Rowe, whereas UVA fell behind after a 23.34 leg from Kate Douglass. The 2 anchors swam practically the very same instances, with Kylee Alons going 21.93 for NC State and Alex Walsh giving UVA a 21.91. because the Wolfpack received 1:36.44 to 1:36.74, setting a brand new pool document. 

These are some smoking quick instances for this occasion, as solely 4 groups have been underneath 1:36.85 this season. UVA presently holds the quickest time within the nation with a 1:34.35, with NC State 2nd in 1:34.86.

Within the first particular person occasion of the day, the 1000 free, UVA’s Maddie Donohoe obtained out early and held on to the touch first, with teammate Paige Madden proper behind her. Nevertheless, as official outcomes rolled into Meet Cellular, they confirmed that each girls had DQ’d, one thing you hardly ever see in a distance free occasion, and that NC State had secured a 1-Three sweep, led by Kate Moore’s 9:52.79. The published crew revealed later within the meet the the 2 Cavaliers had every been disqualified for having swum within the mistaken lanes. That resulted in an enormous level swing, as NC State gained 10 factors and UVA misplaced 13 factors, a web change of 23.

We’re undecided if Madden came upon about that DQ within the subsequent ten minutes, but when she did, it could clarify how she swam like a lady on a mission within the very subsequent occasion, the 200 free, the place she opened up a body-length lead early on, and ended up successful by practically two seconds with a time of 1:45.75. Madden has the quickest time within the NCAA this season with a 1:42.39 from November.

NC State rapidly again into the win column, as Berkoff outdeuled Walsh within the 100 again. Berkoff touched in 52.26, setting a brand new pool document, whereas Walsh took 2nd in 52.83. Berkoff went 50.40 in December, the quickest time within the nation this season, whereas Walsh sits at #9 along with her 51.83.

Each squads are deep within the breaststroke, and as anticipated the 100 breast resulted in one other shut race. This time, it was a UVA swimmer who obtained her hand on the wall first, as Wenger touched simply forward of Hansson, 59.92 to 1:00.26. 

The shut races continued into the break. UVA’s Abby Harter led the 200 fly for about 197 yards, however NC State’s Abby Arens surged previous Harter on simply the ultimate few strokes to take the win, 1:58.33 to 1:58.38. NC State made it two in a row as Alons received the 50 free simply forward of Douglass, 22.47 to 22.58. Douglass holds the highest time within the nation with a 21.41, whereas Alons sits at #Four with a 21.90.

Through the break, Virginia obtained a factors increase, because of a 1-Three sweep on the 1m diving occasion, led by Jenn Bell‘s 249.83. Nevertheless it was nonetheless both crew’s meet heading into the second half. After the break, NC State stored rolling as Alons competed the dash sweep, successful the 100 free 48.85 to 49.63 over Douglass.

Subsequent up was the 200 again, that includes a rematch between Berkoff and Walsh. This time, it was Walsh who got here out on prime, because the Cavalier freshman received with a 1:53.26, setting a pool document and placing up the 10th-fastest time within the nation this season. Berkoff, who’s presently #Three within the nation with a 1:50.20, completed precisely two seconds behind Walsh at 1:55.26.

Unsurprisingly, the 200 breast become one other nice race. UVA’s Wenger in management for nearly the entire race, however Hansson fired up the afterburner on the final 25 and surged forward with the ultimate few strokes to win 2:11.98 to 2:12.16.

The Cavaliers roared again with a 1-2 end within the 500 free. This time, Madden touched first, with a 4:45.78, whereas Donohoe touched 2nd in 4:49.71, whereas NC State’s Moore took third in 4:52.22. Heading into the ultimate break, Alons received her third occasion over the night time, taking the 100 fly over Douglass, 53.04 to 53.17. That marked the third particular person matchup of the day for the 2 dash stars, with Alons popping out on prime in all three races.

With one other diving win by Bell factored in, UVA led 131-130 with two occasions to go, the 200 IM and the 400 free relay. Walsh once more got here up huge, utilizing a robust freestyle leg to carry off NC State’s Julia Poole, taking the win in 1:58.71 and setting one other pool document.

With the person racing full, UVA held a 4-point lead, primarily which means that whoever received the ultimate relay would take the meet. At this level, most of every crew’s prime dash stars had already swum 4 occasions, which means that neither crew was trotting out its optimum 400 free relay lineup. 

NC State obtained off to an early lead, because of Berkoff’s 50.14 leadoff leg and Heather MacCausland following with a 49.19, giving the Wolfpack over a one second lead on the midway level. UVA had led off with Reilly Tiltmann (50.57) and Cuomo swam the 2nd leg in 49.72, then Kyla Valls narrowed the hole with a 49.31 in opposition to Rowe’s 49.95. With the race, and the meet end result, coming all the way down to the anchor leg, distance stars Madden and Moore would sq. off for the third and last race of the day. Madden outsplit Moore by over a second, 49.07 to 50.12, because the Cavaliers received with a 3:18.67 to NC State’s 3:19.40.

Full outcomes and crew releases shall be added when obtainable.