Miami swim and dive captures three gold medals, sets records at ACC Championships

Divers Max Flory and Mia Vallée with their medals at the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Photo credit: Jeff Uzzell

The Hurricanes’ swim and dive team returned from the ACC Championships over the weekend with three gold medals, two school records, a national record and an extensive list of finalists.

Veteran diver Max Flory dominated in Greensboro, N.C., having swept all three diving events (1-meter, 3-meter, and platform) for the first time since 2014. He also defended his title as ACC Champion in the men’s 3-meter dive and was named ACC Championships Men’s Diving MVP for the second year in a row.

Miami solidified its ACC dominance in men’s platform diving with sophomore Mohamed Farouk taking the number two spot with a score of 390.45, just behind Flory’s 395.60.

Mia Vallée, a senior and NCAA defending champion in the 1-meter dive, took silver in both the women’s 1-meter and 3-meter dives, finishing just behind UNC’s Aranza Vazquez in both events.

The ‘Canes started the week off with a bang, setting two school records on the opening day of races last Tuesday. The first record was set by Zorry Mason, Tara Vovk, Celina Kuehne and Giulia Carvalho in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:36.73.

The next record set was the 800-yard freestyle relay, which was completed in 7:11.43 by Savannah Barr, Jane Fitzgerald, Adrianna Cera and Aiono Otava. The ‘Canes finished day one in seventh place, sitting just below the middle mark.

Day two brought six finalists, including the 200-yard freestyle relay team composed of Carvalho, Vovk, Mason and Jacey Hinton, who went on to finish 10th with a time of 1:31.

Brazilian sophomore Carvalho went on to set the Brazilian National Record in the 200-yard breaststroke prelims on day three with a time of 2:12.76.

Cera and Otava made individual finals in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing mere milliseconds away from each other. Cera put down a time of 4:49.49 for 16th place, with Otava finishing in 4:49.65 to come in 17th.

Day three was highlighted by Flory and Farouk’s first- and second-places finishes for platform diving, along with Carvalho’s Brazilian record and three swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke ‘B’ finals. Redshirt senior Zorry Mason finished 12th (2:10.94), graduate student Vovk placed 13th (2:11.22) and sophomore Carvalho was 16th (2:13.30.).

To conclude the week, the ‘Canes landed on the podium one final time, finishing third in the 400-yard relay.

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