Mallory’s already a senior, 3-time ACC Swimmer of the Year

Mallory Comerford is setting the standard for University of Louisville swimming and diving these days (UofL photo).

Let’s hear it for Mallory Comerford and the University of Louisville swimming and diving team. Smashing record after record.

Comerford, a senior, recently won her third consecutive ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year honors after winning two titles at the NCAA Championships and three ACC Championships gold medals.

She is, in fact, the first women’s swimmer in ACC history to receive the distinction three times during her career.

Comerford won her third straight championship in the 200 freestyle, becoming the only Cardinal in history to win three titles in the same event. A day earlier, she captured her first 100 freestyle victory for a total of four career NCAA titles, matching Olympian Kelsi Worrell Dahlia with the most NCAA championships in program history.

By winning both the 100 and 200 freestyle, Comerford also became the first woman to accomplish the feat since Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce won both events at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The last person to secure victories in both freestyle distances was Louisville’s own Joao de Lucca at the 2014 Men’s NCAA Championships.

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Arthur Albiero has UofL men and women teams in the top five in NCAA competition (UofL photo).

Arthur Albiero, meanwhile, earned his second straight ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Cardinals to their first team trophy with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history. 
 
The Cardinals’ 235 points at NCAA was also the highest total in school history, surpassing the 232 points from last year’s fifth place finish. In total, the Cards broke four program records, added five individual All-Americans in a combined eight events and had all-five relays earn All-American honors for the second straight year.
 

 

Three NCAA championships for UofL, courtesy of Joao de Lucca

Outside the aquatic world, the University of Louisville swim team largely goes unnoticed. UofL, however, is making waves where it counts.De Lucca

Joao de Lucca, who hails from Brazil, is among the best at the collegiate level. He was the first male athlete in 19 years this year to win both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this spring.

Successfully defending the 200-yard win from last season, he finished his college career with three of the four NCAA men’s swimming titles in school history. The first was won by Carlos Almeida in the 200 breaststroke in 2012.

UofL finished 11th in the NCAA Division I  competition.