For the 10th time in 11 years, the Virginia Cavaliers have captured the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, marking the 15th time in program history that the Virginia women have been crowned ACC Champions.
It’s also first year head coach Todd DeSorbo’s first at Virginia.
“It’s a great feeling to win the ACC title,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “This program has a lot of great history and rich tradition of great swimming and diving. We are just happy to add to the list and continue the tradition.”
The hardware for the Hoos’ swimming and diving program just keeps growing. World-class photographer for Virginia Matt Riley tweeted this on Saturday night.
I guess we'll need to take a new family photo! Congrats @UVASwimDive on another ACC title! Awesome work! Can't wait to see what the future holds for this team! #Wahoowa ⚔️ ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/C1upddwp6I— Matt Riley - UVa (@MattRileyPhoto) February 18, 2018
Virginia’s only missed the top of the podium once in the past 11 years—NC State claimed the championship last year. DeSorbo, by the way, was associate head coach for the Wolfpack’s championship team last year.
“The women had two goals, athletically,” DeSorbo said. They wanted to win every dual meet and go undefeated in the season, and they were able to accomplish that. Second, they wanted to win the ACC title back. I think a lot of people did not think we could do it. We were pretty, heavily, underdogs. I think the women proved everyone wrong. It is fun when you are able to do that and perform at a high level and use that as motivation. We will continue to use that as motivation heading into NCAAs and building into the future of the program.”
The Hoos finished with 1,382.5 points, placing well ahead of Louisville’s second place score of 1,149.5. NC State rounded out the top three with 1,037 points.
In total, Virginia captured five ACC Championships this week. Senior Caitlin Cooper won the 50-yard freestyle (21.54) while freshman Paige Madden won the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.81). Virginia also won each of the 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relays.
The full results can be found in Virginia’s release here.
Here’s the celebration video:
The Hoos are ACC CHAMPIONS!Posted by Virginia Swimming and Diving on Saturday, February 17, 2018
The title also gives Virginia a much-needed point in the Commonwealth Clash, where Virginia Tech is currently ahead, 5.5-3.5 points. There are 12 remaining points—the first school to reach 11 wins.
In the meantime, you can browse through the pictures of Saturday’s ACC Championships on Facebook.