By Matt Bradshaw —
Both men’s and women’s swimming and diving took second place at the 2018 ACC Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Men’s won two gold and three bronze medals for a final score of 1,170.5, trailing a dominant NC State (1,457).
Women’s won three golds, two bronze and a silver medal as they finished second place behind Virginia. Louisville’s Mallory Comerford was named swimmer of the meet.
Marcelo Acosta won bronze for the men with a time of 14:41.21. NC State’s Anton Ipsen finished with the gold medal in 14:31 for a new conference and meet record. Acosta tailed Ipsen early on, but was eclipsed by Notre Dame’s Zach Yeadon winning the silver medal in 14:34.60.
Sophie Cattermole took bronze for the women, finishing only 64 tenths of a second behind the silver medalist.
Nikkos Sofianidis led the men as he touched fifth place with a time of 1:41.86. NC State’s Coleman Stewart led the pack for the gold medal in 1:39.56.
Ashlyn Schoof was the top finisher for the women, touching third in the B-final with a time of 1:55.00. Teammate Alina Kendzior put up a 1:55.09 in the same heat.
Evgenii Somov took one of the men’s gold medals as he swept the breaststroke with a time of 1:53.45. Somov initially trailed Georgia Tech’s Caio Pumputis, but the St. Petersburg native came back for a first-place victory by 40 tenths of a second.
Women’s took first, third, fourth and fifth place. Freshman Mariia Astashkina chased down Natalie Pierce of FSU to win the gold medal by four-tenths of a second. Rachael Bradford won the bronze medal, while Lauren James and Morgan Frieson were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Grace Oglesby swept the fly for the Cardinals, winning the gold in 1:53.87. Oglesby had to chase down Virginia’s Jen Marrkand in the final 50 yards to get the victory.
Comerford won gold and set a new meet record with a time of 46.65. This is just one-tenth faster than her meet record she set a year ago when she also took gold. Lainy Visscher finished fifth behind her teammate with a time of 48.22.
400 free relay
Men’s won their final bronze of the Championship in the 400 free relay. Nick Albiero, Andrej Barna, Somov and Zach Harding combined for a 2:51.09 time.
Women’s set a new school record as they took silver in the 400 free relay. Lainey Visscher, Casey Fanz, Arina Openysheva and Comerford combined for a 3:10.73 time.
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