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Feb. 23, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia swept the podium in both of Wednesday's relays as the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming Championship got underway at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta. The Cavaliers also registered an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Through two events, Clemson and Virginia are tied for first with 72 points each. North Carolina is third with 68, followed by Florida State in fourth with 56 and Virginia Tech in fifth with 54. In a tie for sixth with 50 points apiece are Georgia Tech and NC State. Duke (46), Maryland (40) and Boston College (28) round out the field.
Virginia's 800-yard freestyle relay squad automatically qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championship with an NCAA `A' time of 6:16.75. Seniors Matt McLean, Taylor Smith, Scot Robison and junior David Karasek guided the Cavaliers to their 12th consecutive title in the event. North Carolina placed second with a time of 6:24.07, followed by Clemson in third with a 6:30.37. The Tar Heels and Tigers were two of eight teams that posted `B' cuts.
Clemson kicked off the championship with a first-place finish in the men's 200-yard medley relay to claim its first title in the event in program history. Juniors Chris Dart, Mark Schindler, Seth Broster and sophomore Eric Bruck raced to a NCAA `B'-qualifying time of 1:26.34. North Carolina took second with a time of 1:26.50, while Virginia rounded out the top three with a 1:27.48. The top seven finishers all improved upon the season best time and the top nine met the NCAA `B' standard.
Both first-place relay squads earned All-ACC accolades.
The 2011 ACC Men's Swimming Championship will continue Thursday with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries, which are scheduled for 11 a.m. The finals in those events along with the 200-yard freestyle relay begin at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals is available on the ACC Network on theACC.com Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Follow all the 2011 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships action at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-swimming-diving-championship.html.