ACC Swimmers Participate in Community Connections Program

Student-athletes from ACC Institutions Participate in Q&A Session

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A total of 13 Atlantic Coast Conference swimming and diving student-athletes from six different schools took part in an ACC Community Connections outreach event Thursday evening before the start of the nightly finals at the 2015 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships.

The student-athletes talked with youth swimmers from Swim Atlanta and Dynamo Swim Club for more than a half-hour. They introduced the sports of swimming and diving, discussed the sport’s fundamentals and basic rules, talked about life as an ACC student-athlete and answered questions from the elementary school-aged children.

“I really enjoyed participating in this event,” said Florida State swimmer Caroline Neil. “The kids were so excited, and it’s great to share my experiences to help motivate them to achieve their goals.”

“The kids had great questions, and it was awesome sharing my experiences with them,” added Clemson diver Juliana Melchionda.

The youth swimmers from the Atlanta area were able to stay after the program and watch Thursday night’s finals.

The ACC Community Connections Program, now in its fifth full year, takes place at all of the conference’s Olympic sport championships. The program aims to provide local youth the chance to talk with ACC student-athletes, learn about the sport and attend part of the championship.

Live coverage of the finals today and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on starting at 6 p.m. For more on the 2015 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at