Cavaliers Win Third Straight ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship

Feb. 27, 2010


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Virginia claimed its third consecutive and 13th overall Atlantic Coast Conference title this evening as the Cavaliers totaled 806 points at the 2010 ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at Koury Natatorium on the University of North Carolina campus. Cavalier junior Scot Robison, who won three individual titles and set a pair of league and pool records, was named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer.

Robison won his third individual event of the meet and second consecutive 100-yard freestyle championship, as he cruised to a 42.58 time. Earlier in the day, he set league and Koury Natatorium records with a time of 42.42 in the preliminary round, breaking his own ACC record, set at last season's ACC championship meet. He also won the 50 and 200-yard freestyle events.

North Carolina sophomore Steve Cebertowicz came in second with a 43.42 showing, while Cavalier sophomore Peter Geissinger joined Robison with All-ACC honors, turning in a 43.61 performance.

Georgia Tech senior Gal Nevo--last season's ACC Male Swimmer of the Year--joined Robison as a three-time individual winner, as he paced the 200-yard butterfly in a championship-meet and pool record time of 1:43.43. Nevo also won the 200 and 400-yard individual medley events.

A pair of freshman--North Carolina's Tom Luchsinger and Virginia's Matt Houser--came in second (1:44.83) and third (1:45.20), respectively, in the 200 fly.

In the evening's first event, Tar Heel junior Chip Peterson earned a berth in the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championship with a national qualifying "A" cut time of 14:49.36. Juniors Joe Kinderwater (14.53.14) of North Carolina and Matt McLean (14:56.91) of Virginia followed in second and third place, respectively.

In one of the most exciting races of the meet, Florida State senior Andy Hodgson, looking to take his second straight 200-yard backstroke title, got a good jump off the block and led the field halfway through the race, but ceded ground to Tar Heel junior Tommy Wyher by the 150-yard checkpoint. Hodgson then sprinted the remaining 50 yards to complete the comeback in time of 1:42.13, edging Wyher (1:42.65), by .52 seconds. Cavalier senior Daniel Johnson placed third in 1:44.00.

Juniors Rob Holderness (1:55.41) of Florida State and Tyler Harris (1:56.96) of North Carolina, and senior John Azar of Virginia (1:57.67) took All-ACC accolades in the 200-yard breaststroke.

In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, Virginia secured the championship victory with a first-place, pool-record, and "A" cut time of 4:52.11, as Robison, Geissinger, Azar, and McLean claimed the Cavaliers third straight 400 free relay title.

Following Virginia in the team standings were North Carolina (656.5), Florida State (566.5), Virginia Tech (417.5), Georgia Tech (308.5), Duke (305), Clemson (254), Maryland (197), NC State (169), Boston College (67), and Miami (31), which only competes in swimming.

ACC Championship Men's Final Rankings
1 Virginia 806
2 North Carolina 656.5
3 Florida State 566.5
4 Virginia Tech 417.5
5 Georgia Tech 308.5
6 Duke 305
7 Clemson 254
8 Maryland 197
9 NC State 169
10 Boston College 67
11 Miami 31