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Feb. 23, 2012
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – On the second night of finals at the 2012 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship, the meet lead changed five times in only five events between four different teams at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Florida State won two races, which included a new meet record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and North Carolina has reached the podium in six of the first seven events.
North Carolina sits in first with 245.5 points after the second day of competition, ahead of Virginia’s 225 and Florida State’s 214. Virginia Tech’s 164 points put the Hokies in fourth place, and NC State Wolfpack is in fifth place with 127 points. Clemson (123.5), Georgia Tech (108), Duke (85), Maryland (75), Boston College (42), and Miami (15) round out the field.
Florida State opened the night with a new ACC Championship record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, its first title in the event since 2006. The team of Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders, and Mark Weber posted a mark of 1:17.73 to earn All-ACC honors and 40 points for the Seminoles. Clemson (1:18.13) and North Carolina (1:18.35) won medals with second- and third-place finishes, and were among a total of nine ACC relay teams that posted NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
Senior Mateo De Angulo kept the momentum for the Seminoles in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:18.66 and winning by more than two full seconds. Virginia sophomore Jon Daniec placed second in 4:20.78. North Carolina sophomore JT Stilley, senior Wil Singley, and junior Brett Nagle finished in third, fourth, and sixth place, respectively, to grab 44 points for the Tar Heels.
Virginia swimmers finished one-two in the 200-yard individual medley, the third event of the night, to momentarily take over the meet lead. Senior David Karasek (1:44.25) and junior Matt Houser (1:45.90) chased down Virginia Tech’s Greg Mahon (1:46.18) in the last 50 yards to take the top two podium spots.
In Thursday’s final event, the 50-yard freestyle, Clemson junior Eric Bruck won his second-straight title, clocking 19.41 to win the gold. North Carolina’s Kyle Ficker and Steve Cebertowicz grabbed the silver and bronze medal, and in the process retook the lead for the Tar Heels.
The championship continues Friday at 11 a.m. with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke preliminaries, with the finals in those events on Friday night at 7 p.m. following the 400 medley relay final.
Live coverage of the finals on Friday and Saturday can be seen on theACC.com starting at 7:00 p.m. Live stats can be found at http://www.theacc.com/livestats/m-swim/. For more on the 2012 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://www.theacc.com/championships/12-swimming-diving-championship.html.