Written by Peter Brukx

In the first night of the women’s ACC Championships, Floridian women contributed multiple big swims in both the 200 medley relays and the 800 free relays.

200 medley:

In the 200 medley relay, NC State backstroker and Naples native Elise Haan lead off with the fastest 50 back split in the field (23.73), contributing to NC State’s first place finish. The FSU team of junior Ariel Barber (25.15), junior Natalie Pierce (26.52), junior Tayla Lovemore (with a blistering 22.67 fly split), and senior Lydia Ware (22.07) combined for a 1:36.41, the 9th ranked time in the country this season, and a 4th place finish, just .02 behind the UNC quartet. The Miami relay of senior Christina Leander (25.68), senior Anna Schippert (28.56), freshman Iliana Oikonomou (24.43), and freshman Mannon Viguier (22.74) ultimately combined for a 10th place finish with a time of 1:41.41. 

800 free relay:

Highlights from Floridian women in the 800 free relay included Sarasota YMCA Sharks alumni and Louisville sophomore Sophie Cattermole contributing a 1:46.57 split as a part of Lousville’s 3rd place relay, the Miami team of freshman Manon Viguier (1:48.09), sophomore Ianire Casarin (1:49.19), senior Angela Algee (1:49.08), and junior Julie Suarez (1:46.46) finishing 9th with a time of 7:12.82, and the FSU team of sophomore Michelle Turek (1:48.27), junior Alexandria Wittman (1:50.49), freshman Paige Schendelaar-Kemp (1:49.53), and senior Karine Stringfield (1:49.75) finishing with a combined time of 7:16.50. 

The team standings after night 1:

1) NC State – 120

2) Louisville – 110

3) UNC – 102

4) Notre Dame – 100

5) Virginia Tech – 98

6) Duke – 92

7) Georgia Tech – 90

8) FSU – 84

T-9) Pitt – 74

T-9) Miami – 74

11) UVA – 64

12) Boston College – 62

Stay tuned to FSN for coverage of the Womens ACC Championships all week.