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Feb. 25, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Seniors Tyler Harris of North Carolina and Scot Robison of Virginia raced to NCAA automatic-qualifying times in the men's 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle Friday on day three of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming Championship in Atlanta. Each have now earned bids to the 2011 NCAA Championship. The Cavaliers collected seven podium finishes on the night - including three first place spots - to stay atop the standings.
Virginia strengthened its hold on first place, climbing to 544 points. North Carolina moved up a spot to second with 405, while Florida State is third with 338.5. Virginia Tech jumped one spot into fourth with 327.5. Duke moved up for the second day, this time into fifth with 257, while Clemson is sixth with 242. At seventh is Georgia Tech with 181, followed by NC State in eighth with 140 and Maryland in ninth with 118. Boston College (56) and Miami (13) - which only competes in diving - round out the field.
North Carolina senior Tyler Harris won his second event of the championship, racing to top honors in the men's 400-yard individual medley. His `A' time of 3:41.51 automatically qualifies him for the 2011 NCAA Championships. Virginia sophomore Matt Houser placed second with a 3:47.33. The Tar Heels claimed their second podium spot in the event with sophomore Tom Luchsinger finishing third at 3:49.01.
Virginia junior Peter Geissinger claimed first place in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 46.83. Two-time defending champion Tommy Wyher took second with a time of 46.84. Duke senior Nick Garvy finished third with a 46.94. The top 14 finishers all met the `B' standard.
Senior Scot Robison successfully defended his title in the men's 200-yard freestyle as Virginia swept the top two podium spots. He posted an automatic-qualifying time of 1:32.52. His classmate, Matt McLean, took second with a 1:34.41. North Carolina junior Evan Reed finished third at 1:35.60. McLean and Reed were among the 13 that recorded `B' times.
Florida State clinched the top two spots in the men's 100-yard breaststroke. Senior Rob Holderness took first place with a 53.67, while his classmate Matt Shead finished second with a 54.11. Clemson junior Mark Schindler rounded out the field in third with a 54.19. The top 16 finishers met the `B' standard.
North Carolina senior Tommy Wyher collected his fourth consecutive title in the men's 100-yard backstroke, clocking a 47.13. Virginia earned the final two podium spots as freshman Jack Murfee and sophomore Matt Murray finished in 47.52 and 47.65, respectively. All three were among the 11 who recorded `B' marks.
The Cavaliers capped the meet by successfully defending their three-straight victories in the men's 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Matt Murray, freshman Taylor Grey, junior Peter Geissinger and senior Scot Robison paced the squad to a time of 3:09.60. North Carolina finished second with a 3:10.89, while Virginia Tech took third with a 3:12.23. The first nine finishers met the `B' standard.
The top three finishers in each event and the winning relay team collected All-ACC accolades with their victories.
The 2011 ACC Men's Swimming Championship will continue Saturday with the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly preliminaries, which are scheduled for 11 a.m. Preliminary heats of the 1650-yard freestyle are scheduled for 4 p.m. The finals in those events along with the 400-yard freestyle relay begin at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals is available on the ACC Network on theACC.com Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Fans can follow all the 2011 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships action at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-swimming-diving-championship.html.