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ATLANTA – Highlighted by a national title by Pitt’s Dominic Giordano, 18 ACC student-athletes and three relay squads earned All-America honors Friday night as competition continued at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, held Wednesday through Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
NC State continues to sit in fourth place in the meet with 197 points. Louisville is ninth with 134.5, followed by No. 18 Pitt (31), No. 18 Miami (31), No. 20 Virginia Tech (28.5), No. 24 North Carolina (16), No. 33 Duke (7), No. 36 Georgia Tech (5), and No. 38 Virginia (3).
The victory in the 3-meter by Giordano was the first national title for any Pitt swimmer or diver in program history. The junior posted a score of 401.65 in preliminaries to qualify for the finals in fifth, and then won the event with a score of 460.30. Miami’s Briadam Herrera earned a runner-up finish with a score of 457.65, while North Carolina’s Jack Nyquist (6th, 409.55) and Duke’s Evan Moretti (16th, 306.95) also scored points for their teams in the event.
In the 400 individual medley, the first event of the night, Louisville’s Nolan Tesone finished eighth in 3:43.28, while Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen was 14th in 3:43.10.
The Cardinals’ Pedro Coutinho touched in 46.21 in the 100 butterfly for 13th place, ahead of North Carolina’s Sam Lewis who was 16th in 46.45.
The 200 freestyle proved to be a big event for NC State. Simonas Bilis led the way for the Wolfpack with a third place finish in 1:32.10, while teammates Ryan Held (1:32.41) and Soeren Dahl (1:33.20) grabbed the top two spots in the consolation final to earn NC State 32 points in the event. Louisville’s Trevor Carroll placed 16th in 1:34.77.
In the 100 breastroke, two ACC swimmers tied for the top spot from the league as Virginia Tech’s Brandon Fiala and Louisville’s Carlos Claverie touched in 52.14 for fourth place. Virginia’s Yannick Kaeser was 14th in 52.86.
Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich led the ACC contingent in the 100 backstroke in third place with a time of 4.533. NC State’s Stuart Hennessey (45.73) and Andreas Schiellerup (46.12) placed seventh and 15th, respectively.
Three league teams earned All-America honors in the 200 medley relay, the final event of Friday night. Louisville was fifth in 1:24.08, followed by NC State (1:24.28) in 10th and Duke (1:25.32) in 14th.
Live results for the meet can be followed at http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/NCAA/2016/. Additionally, fans can watch the prelims on Saturday at www.atlantaswimming.com/Webcast, while the finals will be streamed live on ESPN3.