Led by standout performances from first-year Aranza Vázquez, the North Carolina women's swimming, women's diving and men's diving teams earned mix results at the 2021 ACC Women's Championship over the weekend.
The ACC Women’s Championships concluded on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Hosting both men's and women’s diving in conjunction with women’s swimming events, the Tar Heels placed eighth with a total score of 516.5 points. Coming in first place was the other half in the South’s oldest rivalry, Virginia, with a total of 1486 points.
The Tar Heels' divers produced standout performances, earning a total of three gold medals and one silver medal to continue their dominant season.
North Carolina placed first in the men's diving portion of the event with 214 points, beating second-place Miami by seven.
Who stood out?
Continuing her impressive first-year campaign, Vázquez placed first in the women’s 3-meter and platform events with scores of 376.30 and 337.10, respectively. The latter was a record for the UNC program. She also took home the silver medal in the women’s 1-meter event. Vázquez was named Most Valuable Diver for the women’s competition.
Another North Carolina standout diver was Anton Down-Jenkins, who took home the gold medal in both the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter events. Alongside teammate Vázquez, Down-Jenkins also earned the Most Valuable Diver honor for the men.
UNC also earned the silver medal in the men’s 1-meter event with sophomore Alexander Hart.