GREENSBORO, N.C. — The No. 12 Irish Women’s Swim and Dive team turned in another strong performance at the 2020 ACC Championships on the second day of competition. Notre Dame currently stands in fourth place overall with two more days of competition to go.
In the morning, senior Abbie Dolan posted a new personal best, remaining the second-fastest 500 Free time in Notre Dame history, with a 4:43.48. She placed claimed the fourth spot heading into finals, while Luciana Thomas leapt up the Irish leaderboard, ranking fourth in Notre Dame history in the women’s 500 Free (4:44.89) and sixth going into the A Final.
Coleen Gillilan continued to impress, edging her personal-best 200 IM time, remaining the second-fastest performer in Irish history in the 200 IM (1:56.69) in the preliminary race. She claimed the sixth slot heading into finals.
Carly Quast held her own in the 50 Free, placing 15th in the preliminary race with a 22.64, while on the diving end, Annie Wiese claimed her spot in the women’s 3-meter finals with a score of 271.40.
Starting the night off in the 500 Free, Dolan placed fifth (4:43.92) and Thomas claimed sixth (4:44.55). Thomas’ time edged her personal best from the morning race, noting a new fourth-best performing time in Irish history for the 500 Free.
Madeline LaPorte also made her mark, touching the wall in 4:45.87 in finals, making her the eight-fastest performer in the event in Irish history, while Lindsay Stone posted a 4:50.06.
“It was a great evening for our team tonight,” Head Coach Mike Litzinger said. “Our 500 Free was outstanding having Abbie and Luciana in the A final.”
“Madeline LaPorte was fantastic, winning the bonus final and putting up the eighth fastest time in ND history,” Litzinger noted. “Lindsay Stone put in a great effort as well.”
Gillilan continued her success in the 200 IM final, placing sixth with a 1:57.29. Wiese jumped three spots to place sixth (283.40) in the women’s 3-meter final, and Quast moved up one slot to 14th in the 50 Free final (22.64).
On the diving end, Annie Wiese jumped two spots to place sixth in the women’s 3-meter final (283.40).
“Coleen was great in the IM final, as was Carly in the 50 Free,” Litzinger shared. “I am especially excited about the work our divers have put in so far this weekend. Tonight, Annie finished sixth, and the rest of the crew have been chipping in big time.”
To end the evening, the team of Quast, Gillilan, Rachel Wittmer and Dolan placed seventh in the 200 Free Relay (1:29.72).
“Tomorrow is a very big day for our team, and we need to continue to perform as a group in this highly-competitive environment,” Litzinger added.
Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and the men’s platform, with finals at 6 p.m. The Irish will look to improve upon their fourth-place standing through the final two days of competition.
Live timing is available at http://sidearmstats.com/acc/swimming/index.htm, while finals will be streamed on ACCNX at http://www.espn.com/watch?id=703b59db-d594-4afa-bef6-6a2f4820298e.
STANDINGS | COMPLETE RESULTS
- Virginia – 524.5
- NC State – 497
- Louisville – 404
- NOTRE DAME – 350
- North Carolina – 325
- Florida State – 253.5
- Duke – 250
- Georgia Tech – 190
- Virginia Tech – 182
- Miami – 175
- Pitt – 145
- Boston College – 104