Louisville won its first Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday night with 1181 points, just two points ahead of NC State. The Cardinals totaled 1181 points and earned 16 podium finishes, including seven gold medals, to claim the 2021 crown.
Louisville won with the closest margin of victory in ACC history. NC State placed second with 1179 points, with Virginia Tech (1085), Virginia (921) and Florida State (740) rounding out the top five. North Carolina finished in sixth (729), with Georgia Tech (639) and Notre Dame (639) tied for seventh, followed by Pitt (453), Duke (341), Miami (207) and Boston College (180).
The championship came down to the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, with Louisville in the second heat and NC State in the third heat. The teams were separated by 10 points, and the Cardinals needed to finish in third place to secure at least a share of the ACC title, or finish in second to win it outright.
The Louisville relay team of Haridi Sameh, Nicolas Albiero, Michael Eastman and Tanner Cummings delivered, placing second with a time of 2:48.37. NC State won the event with a time of 2:48.19.
Notre Dame’s Jack Hoagland was named the Most Valuable Swimmer after becoming the first men’s swimmer since 2018 to win three individual events. Hoagland won the gold in the 500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and the 1650 free.
North Carolina’s Anton Down-Jenkins was voted the Most Valuable Diver last week after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions.
ACC Network Men’s Swimming & Diving Recap Show
The ACC Network will broadcast the recap of the 2021 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship on March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.