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No. 12 Irish Notch Multiple Finals Performances, Finish Day 3 in Fifth

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The No. 12 Irish again turned in multiple finals appearances on the third day of the 2020 ACC Championships, nearly breaking a school record in the 400 Medley Relay and totaling enough points to place fifth heading into the final day of competition. 

“We had a great night tonight,” Irish head coach Mike Litzinger said Friday evening. “Our women have been fighting incredibly hard.”

HOW IT HAPPENED | COMPLETE RESULTS

Freshman Coleen Gillilan started off strong for the Irish, qualifying for finals with a 52.40 in the 100 Fly (eighth). Luciana Thomas followed with a 4:12.93 in the 400 IM, placing seventh in prelims and punching her slot in the A final. 

Senior Abbie Dolan delivered on one of her main events, posting a 1:45.16 in the 200 Free to place fourth heading into the evening, and Carly Quast made her own noise in the 100 Back, placing seventh (52.55) going to the A final. 

In the evening, Gillilan maintained her eighth-place slot, posting a 52.86 in the 100 Fly. Thomas made her mark in the 400 IM, posting a new personal best and improving her time as the third-fastest performer in Irish history (4:11.19), placing seventh in finals. 

Dolan touched the wall in 1:45.76 in the 200 Free, good for fifth, while Quast closed out the individual races with an eighth-place finish in the 100 Back (52.87). 

In the 400 Medley Relay, the team of Quast, Gillilan, Cailey Grunhard and Dolan posted a 3:33.74, the first B-Cut time for any Irish relay this season, and less than a half second off the overall program record, for sixth place. 

UP NEXT

For the final day of competition, the Irish will compete in the 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay and the women’s platform. 

“We’ve got a fantastic schedule of events for tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to again competing at a high level,” Litzinger noted. “We’re primed and ready to go for tomorrow.”

STANDINGS

  1. Virginia – 1001.5
  2. NC State – 888
  3. Louisville – 745.5
  4. North Carolina – 567
  5. NOTRE DAME – 531
  6. Duke – 462.5
  7. Florida State – 417
  8. VA Tech – 297
  9. Georgia Tech – 261.5
  10. Miami – 231
  11. Pitt – 224
  12. Boston College – 134