Swim / Dive Ends Run at ACCs on High Note
ATLANTA – The Miami Hurricanes wrapped up their trip to the 2022 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships in impressive fashion Friday night, adding another school record and taking home an individual honor.
Max Flory, who captured a gold medal and bronze medal over the course of the week, was named ACC Championships Men’s Diving MVP.
The Hurricanes’ 400-yard freestyle relay team – comprised of Carmen San Nicolas, Jacey Hinton, Adrianna Cera and Sydney Knapp – capped the week at the McAuley Aquatics Center with a school-record performance.
“I don’t really know where to start,” head swimming coach Andy Kershaw said. “That was fun. Obviously not a perfect week, no competition is – but our girls, they rose to the occasion in a lot of cases and battled it out. The way it came down to the last free relay for our finish, they’ve earned experiences like that through all their sacrifices.”
Miami’s quartet finished the event in a record 3:18.28.
“To have Carmen leading off that last relay and Knappster on the end, for that to be how they end their swimming career as Hurricanes, it’s the stuff that they make movies out of,” Kershaw said. “Very gratifying and very proud of the team. The culture that these women are building and the things that they’re doing and the trajectory they have, it’s great.”
The Hurricanes also had multiple returners in the night’s finals. Fifth-year senior Danika Huizinga competed in the ‘B’ heat of the 200-backstroke (1:56.75) while San Nicolas made the ‘C’ final of the 100-yard freestyle (50.06).
Cera competed in the 1,650-yard freestyle and finished with the 15th-best time of any swimmer in the meet (16:36.85). Aino Otava (16:41.67) also scored points for the Hurricanes in the mile.
“We’ve never scored that many points in the mile, so that was great to see,” Kershaw said. “For Adrianna to turn around and be a part of that record-setting relay, it’s such a credit to her. It was a great week. I’m proud of them, and looking forward to continuing this momentum.”