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ACC Prelims Day 2: Leah Smith Cruises, UNC's Baldwin Breaks Meet Record

ACC Prelims Day 2: Leah Smith Cruises, UNC's Baldwin Breaks Meet Record
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500-Yard Freestyle

ACC Meet: 4:30.74 (Leah Smith - Virginia, 2016)
Conference: 4:30.37 (Leah Smith - Virginia, 2016)
NCAA 'A' Automatic: 4:36.30
NCAA 'B' Consideration: 4:47.79

Leah Smith​ of Virginia ran away with the preliminary heats of the 500 freestyle with a blazing 4:31.60 at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in Atlanta on Tuesday. She finished well ahead of second place qualifier ​Hannah Moore​ of N.C. State in 4:38.52. Louisville's Mallory Comerford​, who dropped the hammer with a 1:41.12 200 freestyle split in Monday night's 800 freestyle relay, will be the dark horse in Tuesday's final.​

Full Results for Top 8

​1.)​ Leah Smith (Virginia): 4:31.60 (NCAA 'A')
2.) Hannah Moore (N.C. State): 4:38.52
3.) Jessica Hespeler (Virginia Tech): 4:39.44
4.) Mallory Comerford (Louisville): 4:41.02
5.) Rachel Muller (N.C. State): 4:42.33
6.) Macey Arnold (North Carolina): 4:42.62
7.) Amanda Richey (Pittsburgh): 4:43.70
8.) Cecelia Williams (Virginia): 4:46.12

200 IM

ACC Meet: 1:54.92 (Emma Reaney - Notre Dame, 2014)
Conference: 1:54.92 (Emma Reaney - Notre Dame, 2014)
NCAA 'A' Automatic: 1:55.35
NCAA 'B' Consideration: 2:01.59

N.C. State senior ​Alexia Zevnik takes the top spot in the 200 IM with a quick 1:55.85. She might be the lone wolf for N.C. State in the "A" Final, but look for her to scare the ACC meet record tonight. The Louisville Cardinals also made a strong push in the team competition by placing three swimmers in the top heat with ​Rachel Bradford-Feldman​ in fifth, ​Alina Kendzior​ in seventh, and ​Andee Cottrell​ sneaking in eighth place.​

Full Results for Top 8

​1.)​ Alexia Zevnik (N.C. State): 1:55.85
2.) Jennifer Marrkand (Virginia): 1:56.30
3.) Kaitlyn Jones (Virginia): 1:56.34
4.) Reka Gyorgy (Virginia Tech): 1:57.85
5.) Rachel Bradford-Feldman (Louisville): 1:57.97
6.) Fiona Donnelly (Virginia Tech): 1:58.16
7.) Alina Kendzior (Louisville): 1:58.54
8.) Andrea Cottrell (Louisville): 1:58.60

50 Freestyle

ACC Meet: 21.85 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)​ 21.78 (Caroline Baldwin - UNC, 2017)
Conference: 21.57 (Kelsi Worrell - Louisville, 2016)
NCAA 'A' Automatic: 21.80
NCAA 'B' Consideration: 22.99

​Speed. Speed. Speed. The preliminary heats of the 50 freestyle on Tuesday morning did not disappoint. Four women were under the 22-second barrier, including two NCAA "A" automatic qualifying times and a new ACC meet record. ​Caroline Baldwin​ of North Carolina led the way with a blazing-fast 21.78, which is tied with ​Simone Manuel​ for the fifth-fastest time in the country so far this season. N.C. State's sprint star ​Ky-lee Perry​ was nipping at her heels with a 21.80 for second place. What's most impressive? Both N.C. State and North Carolina had two swimmers go 21-second flat to start the 50 freestyles and swept the top four spots. The 200 freestyle relay should be electric later in the meet.

Full Results for Top 8

​1.)​ Caroline Baldwin (North Carolina): 21.78 (ACC MEET RECORD, NCAA 'A')
2.) Ky-lee Perry (N.C. State): 21.80 (NCAA 'A')
3.) Sarah Hitchens (North Carolina): 21.99
3.) Courtney Caldwell (N.C. State): 21.99
5.) Caitlin Cooper (Virginia): 22.08
6.) Casey Fanz (Louisville): 22.09
7.) Natalie Labonge (N.C. State): 22.18
8.) Ellen Thomas (Virginia): 22.20

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