NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Start Wednesday


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GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Wednesday through Saturday in Atlanta. Georgia Tech will host the event at the McAuley Aquatic Center, which was also the site of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in February.

The men’s championships will follow from March 23-26, also in Atlanta.

For both championships, ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday.

ESPNU will also air a two-hour show at 7 pm on March 30, for the women’s championships, and at 6 pm on April 5, for the men’s championships.

Ten ACC programs have swimmers and/or divers competing in the event, with 61 ACC swimmers and 16 divers qualifying. Louisville, NC State and Virginia each have 14 swimmers participating, with Virginia Tech (8), North Carolina (4), Florida State (3), Duke (2), Georgia Tech (1) and Duke (1) also sending swimmers. Virginia and Duke each have three divers competing, while Georgia Tech (2), Miami (2), Notre Dame (2), Louisville (1), North Carolina (1), Pitt (1) and Virginia Tech (1) also have divers that have qualified.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers were determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving Championships, held March 7-9.

Heading into the championships, swimmers from ACC programs lead the nation with top times in five individual events: Virginia’s Kate Douglass in the 50 freestyle (21.00) and 200 breaststroke (2:03.14), Virginia’s Alex Walsh in the 200 individual medley (1: 52.38), Virginia’s Gretchen Walsh in the 100 freestyle (46.86) and NC State’s Sophie Hansson (56.72) in the 100 breaststroke (56.72).

Virginia is the reigning women’s national champion after earning the ACC’s first women’s team crown in 2021. After winning the ACC Championship in February, the Cavaliers are the nation’s top-ranked team entering this year’s NCAA Championships, just ahead of Stanford (2), Texas (3) and NC State (4). The ACC has a total of six teams in the latest CSCAA top 25, as Louisville (10), North Carolina (19), Virginia Tech (21) and Duke (24) are also ranked.

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