Virginia Extends Lead on Day Three

Virginia Extends Lead on Day Three

Friday March 1, 2013

March 1, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia placed 14 swimmers in championship finals and earned six podium spots to extend its lead on Friday at the 2013 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Through three days of action, Virginia holds a 128-point lead with 528 points to Virginia Tech’s 400. North Carolina sits in third with 374 points, followed by Florida State with 353. NC State won two races on Friday and is in fifth with 323.5 points. Duke (197), Georgia Tech (179.5), and Boston College (93) round out the field with one day remaining. 

In the first event of the night, the foursome of Zach McGinnis, Emmett Dignan, Greg Mahon, and Joseph Bonk won the first ACC 400 medley relay in Virginia Tech history in 3:07.17, breaking the old conference record by more than a second. NC State grabbed silver (3:07.43), ahead of Florida State with bronze (3:09.46). With North Carolina touching in 3:09.78, the top four teams all registered NCAA automatic qualifying times.

Tom Luchsinger successfully defended his title in the 400 individual medley and made it three straight for Tar Heel swimmers. Luchsinger took an early lead and cruised to the victory in 3:44.25, ahead of Virginia teammates David Ingraham (3:46.68) and Bradley Phillips (3:48.25).

Taking home the 100 butterfly championship was Barrett Miesfeld, the first win in the event by a NC State swimmer since 1991. The junior touched in 46.20 to beat Virginia Tech’s Greg Mahon, the defending champion in the event, by .02 seconds. Georgia Tech’s Eric Chiu finished in 47.03 to win the bronze medal.

Tom Barrett made it six straight victories in the 200 freestyle by Virginia swimmers in the fourth race of the night. Barrett earned gold in 1:35.03, ahead of NC State freshman Simonas Bilis (1:35.56) and Virginia freshman Nick Alexiou (1:35.57).

In the 100 breaststroke, Ian Bishop picked up the second victory of Friday and ended another long drought for the NC State Wolfpack. Bishop (53.49) out-touched Virginia’s Taylor Grey (53.67) and Duke’s Hunter Knight (53.72) for the gold medal, the first in the event for a NC State swimmer since 1981.

Florida State’s Pavel Sankovich won his third gold medal of the week, this time finishing first in the 100 backstroke. Having already set an ACC record on the 200 medley relay team and a new meet record in the 200 individual medley, Sankovich set another conference mark in the 100 backstroke with an automatic qualifying time of 45.86. Defending champion Zach McGinnis of Virginia Tech came in second in 46.28, followed by Virginia’s Jack Murfee in 46.69.

The last day of the championship starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 butterfly. The last night of finals, including the 1650 freestyle, start at 7 p.m.

Live coverage of the finals on Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.

Men Team Rankings Through Event 14
1. Virginia 528
2. Virginia Tech 400
3. North Carolina 374
4. Florida State 353
5. NC State 323.5
6. Duke 197
7. Georgia Tech 179.5
8. Boston College 93