Virginia Wins Back-To-Back NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Titles; FGC’s Jessica Nava Leaves With Two Rings


ATLANTA, March 20, 2022—University of Virginia defended its title in style winning back-to-back national championships Saturday at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers won with 551.5 points, more than 100 ahead of Texas with 406 after a dominating performance throughout the meet.

In the final event of the day, Virginia set an American record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.91.

“Being able to come here and do stuff like this is amazing,” Virginia freshman Gretchen Walsh said. “We all proved something to ourselves at this meet. It couldn’t have gone better. It is just a matter of time before we do something that is history in the making.”

The Cavaliers racked up 11 event championships – seven individual and four relays – in rolling to the title. Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh each captured three individual titles.

Douglass set American records in each of her national championships. She won the 50-yard freestyle (20.84), 100-yard butterfly (49.04) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.19).

Walsh won the 200-yard individual medley in an American-record time of 1:50.08, 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.79 and 400-yard IM in 3:57.25. Her younger sister, Gretchen, won the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday night in a time of 46.05, while N.C. State’s Katharine Berkoff was third (46.95).

The Cavaliers also won the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.16), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:24.96), 400-yard medley relay (3:22.34, matching their American record, set at the 2022 ACC Championships) and 400-yard freestyle relay (an American- and NCAA-record time 3:06.91).

Berkoff won her second straight NCAA title in the 100 backstroke in an American-record time of 48.74, finishing just ahead of Gretchen Walsh (49.00).

Miami’s Mia Vallee won the 1-meter diving title with a meet-record score of 365.75. North Carolina’s Aranza Vazquez earned the bronze medal with a score of 354.75. Vallee also was the ACC’s top finisher in the 3-meter event, tying for fourth place with a total score of 376.20.

The top finishers in the final day’s seven events were:

1650-yard free: Paige McKenna, Wisconsin: 20 points.

200-yard backstroke: Regan Smith, Stanford: 20 points.

100-yard freestyle: Gretchen Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

200-yard breaststroke: Kate Douglass, Virginia: 20 points.

200 yard butterfly: Alex Walsh, Virginia: 20 points.

Platform diving: Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana: 20 points.

400-yard freestyle relay: Virginia: 40 points.

Two Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed in their final event .

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 33rd in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:20.09.

In her final collegiate race, University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 22nd in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:55.16.

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

The men’s championships will be held March 23-26, also in Atlanta.

SATURDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 551.5, 2. Texas 406, 3. Stanford 399.5, 4. Alabama 288, 5. N.C. State 279, 6. Louisville 196.5, 7. Michigan 184.5, 8. California 180, 9. Ohio State 165, 10. Tennessee 127, 13. Florida 115, 22. Miami 41.5, 36. Florida International 3.

200-yard backstroke: 1. Regan Smith, STAN 1:47.76, 2. Phoebe Bacon, WIS 1:49.29, 3. Rhyan White, ALA 1:49.36.

100-yard freestyle: 1. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 46.05, 2. Morgan Scott, ALA 46.78, 3. Katharine Berkoff, NCS 46.95.

200-yard breaststroke: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 2:02.19, 2. Anna Elendt, TEX 2:04.31, 3. Sophie Hansson, NCS 2:04.76.

200-yard butterfly: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.79, 2. tie, Olivia Carter, MICH 1:51.19 and Regan Smith, STAN 1:51.19.

Platform diving: 1. Tarrin Gilliland, IU 372.95, 2. Delaney Schnell, ARIZ 345.10, 3. Jordan Skillken, TEX 315.45

400-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 3:06.91 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltmann, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Stanford 3:08.97, 3. Alabama 3:09.07, 7. Florida 3:11.07, 22. Florida State 3:15.70.

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Virginia Remains In Lead After Day Two Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; Miami Diver Mia Vallee Wins 1-Meter Title, Breaks NCAA Record


ATLANTA, March 17, 2022—Two individual and one relay win enabled defending champion University of Virginia to pull away from the field Thursday on Day Two of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

Virginia leads with 210 points ahead of Texas with 128 and Stanford with 123. University of Florida is tenth with 62 and University of Miami, led by individual champion diver Mia Vallee, is 16th with 27 points.

Vallee, a junior, won the 1-meter springboard title with an NCAA record 365.75 points. UM sophomore teammate Emma Gullstrand was tenth with 328.50 to earn All-American honors.

After breaking the NCAA and American record in the prelims, Virginia’s Kate Douglass came back and did it again to win the 50-yard freestyle.

After breaking the record in 20.87 during prelims, dropping 0.13, Douglass went 20.84 to re-break her own record and gave the Cavaliers their second consecutive NCAA record after Alex Walsh broke the 200 IM record in 1:50.08. The previous 50 freestyle record was 20.90 set by Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil in 2019. Virginia teammate Gretchen Walsh was also sub-21 and finished second in 20.95.

Virginia’s 200-yard freestyle relay won in 1:24.96 with Douglass on leadoff, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo and Gretchen Walsh.

Sarasota’s Emma Weyant, a freshman at University of Virginia, was second in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:34.99, dropping 2.24 seconds off her previous best of 4:37.23.

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas became the first known transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title. She won the 500 freestyle in 4:33.24.

Three Florida Gold Coast swimmers competed.

University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding was 37th in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:57.50, a time drop of 0.13 from her previous best 1:57.63. She will compete in the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Florida freshman Anna Auld was 32nd in the 500-yard freestyle in a best time 4:44.37, a time drop of 1.12 from her previous best of 4:45.49. She will also swim the 400 IM on Friday.

University of Virginia senior Jessica Nava was 55th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.69. She competes Friday in the 100-yard butterfly.

The competition continues Friday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.


THURSDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 210, 2. Texas 128, 3. Stanford 123, 4. Alabama 120, 5. NC State 99, 6. Louisville 95, 7. California 89, 8. Ohio State 83, 9. Michigan 66, 10. Florida 62, 16. University of Miami 27.

500-yard freestyle: 1. Lia Thomas, PENN 4:33.24, 2. Emma Weyant, UVA 4:34.99, 3. Erica Sullivan, TEX 4:35.92.

200-yard individual medley: 1. Alex Walsh, UVA 1:50.08, 2. Torri Huske, STAN 1:51.81, 3. Isabel Ivey, CAL 1:53.02.

50-yard freestyle: 1. Kate Douglass, UVA 20.84, 2. Gretchen Walsh, UVA 20.95, 3. Maggie MacNeil, MICH 21.38.

1-meter diving: 1. Mia Vallee, UM 365.75, 2. Sarah Bacon, MINN 356.60, 3. Aranza Vasquez Montano, UNC 354.75, 7. Maha Amer, UF 316.70, 10. Emma Gullstrand, UM 328.50.

200-yard freestyle relay: 1. Virginia 1:24.96 (Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Gretchen Walsh), 2. Alabama 1:25.47, 3. NC State 1:26.37, 9. Florida 1:27.16 (Ekaterina Nikonova, Talia Bates, Katie Mack, Micayla Cronk).

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Defending Champion Virginia Leads After Day One Of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships; FGC Swimmers Golding, Auld, Nava Compete Thursday


ATLANTA, March 16, 2022—University of Virginia got off to a great start Wednesday on Day One of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.

The Cavaliers broke their own NCAA record in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:32.16 with Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo and Kate Douglass , the same foursome that broke the NCAA record at the ACC Championships last month. This time broke the NCAA meet record of 1:33.11 set by Stanford in 2018 (Allie Howe, Kim Williams, Janet Hu and Simone Manuel).

“At ACCs, we exceeded expectations for this relay,” Douglass said. “Coming into this meet, we wanted to go faster if we could, but our goal was to win our team’s first relay title in this event.”

Walsh split a 22.81 on the backstroke leading off, Wenger went 26.08 in the breaststroke, Cuomo split 22.72 in the butterfly and Douglass anchored a 20.55 freestyle split.

Stanford won the 800-yard freestyle relay with a star-studded lineup. The all-Olympian group of Torri Huske (1:41.93), Taylor Ruck (1:40.49), Regan Smith (1:43.35) and Brooke Forde (1:42.53) combined to swim 6:48.30, more than five seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

“It is really special to start like this and do it with a couple of veterans like Taylor and Brooke,” Huske said.

Stanford won its 12th national title in NCAA history in this relay, four more than any other school in history. It’s also the third time Forde has been a member of the winning relay after swimming the third leg of the 2018 relay and anchoring the Cardinals to a win in 2019. Ruck was also part of the squad in 2019 in her only previous appearance at NCAAs, while Huske and Smith both made their NCAA Championships debut.

Katharine Berkoff of N.C. State became the top performer of all-time in the 50 backstroke posting a 22.76 leading off NC State’s runner-up 200 medley relay.

Berkoff was the third fastest performer in history and topped Gretchen Walsh’s 22.82 backstroke split from the ACC Championships last month.

With first and second places in the relays, Virginia took an early lead with 74 points. Texas is second with 58 and California is third with 56 points.

Individual races Thursday with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims are 10 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m.

All three Florida Gold Coast swimmers compete Thursday. University of Florida junior Kathleen Golding swims the first of three events, the 200 IM. Teammate Anna Auld will swim the 500 freestyle. Jessica Nava of Virginia swims the 50 freestyle.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions through Saturday.

SCHEDULE
Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 free relay (finals only).

Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).

Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).

The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.

As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.

The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
TEAM TOTALS: 1. Virginia 74, 2. Texas 58, 3. California 56, 4. Stanford 54, 5. Louisville 46, 6. NC State 44, 7. tie, Ohio State, Alabama 38, 9. tie, Georgia, Tennessee 34, 11. Florida 26.

200-yard medley relay:

  1. Virginia 1:32.16 (Gretchen Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Lexi Cuomo, ate Douglass), 2. NC State 1:32.96, 3. Ohio State 1:33.16, 19. Florida State 1:36.28 (Tania Quaglieri, Nina Kucheran, Jenny Halden, Rebecca Moynihan).

800-yard freestyle relay:

  1. Stanford 6:48.30 (Torri Huske, Taylor Ruck, Regan Smith, Brooke Forde) 2. Virginia 6:53.47, 3. California 6:53.52, 6. Florida 6:56.96 (Talia Bates, Ekaterina Nikonova, Micayla Cronk, Tylor Mathieu).

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
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