North Carolina

Women finish 10th at NCAA swimming and diving championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UNC’s women’s swimming and diving team finished in 10th place at the 2023 NCAA Championships on Saturday, earning the program’s first top 10 since 2001 and sixth overall.

North Carolina placed ninth at the 2001 NCAA Championships, but hadn’t cracked the top 10 until tonight. His best finish came in 1982 when UNC placed third. The Tar Heels placed in the top 10 four times in the 1980s.

Four Tar Heels advanced from the preliminaries to the consolation final on the final day of competition.

Aranza Vazquez, who swept the 1m and 3m springboard events, was second on the platform in the consolation final and 10th overall with a score of 273.45.

Ellie VanNote placed fourth in the consolation final and 12th overall in the 200 butterfly, as did Sophie Lindner in the 200 backstroke. Grace Countie finished seventh in the 100 free consolation finals and 15th overall.

All four ladies earned All-America honorable mention for finishing in the top 16.

Overview of all America
Grace Countie – 200m medley relay (first team), 50m freestyle (first team), 100m backstroke (honorable mention), 100m freestyle (honorable mention)
Greer Pattison – 200 medley relay (first team)
Skyler Smith – 200 medley relay (first team), 100 breaststroke (honorable mention)
Ellie VanNote – 200 medley relay (first team), 200 butterfly (honorable mention)
Aranza Vazquez – 1 meter dive (first team), 3 meter dive (first team)
Sophie Lindner – 200 backstroke (Honourable Mention)

Arrivals on the podium
200 QN Relay – Grace Countie, Greer Pattison, Skyler Smith, Ellie VanNote (8th, 1:35.01)
50 free – Grace County (6th, 21.67)
Diving 1 meter – Aranza Vazquez (1st, 358.75)
3m Diving – Aranza Vazquez (1st, 385.80)


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