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Feb. 27, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - (theACC.com) Florida State and Virginia took home relay titles on the first day of the 2013 ACC Men's Swimming Championship on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. In total, five automatic qualifying times were posted by the relay squads.
Florida State sits in first place with 70 points after the two races. Virginia is in second with 68 points, followed by Virginia Tech and North Carolina with 66. Georgia Tech (54), Boston College (48), NC State (30), and Duke (24) round out the field.
Florida State struck first at the 2013 championship with a victory in the 200 medley relay to start the meet. The foursome of Pavel Sankovich, Jared Pike, Mark Weber, and Paul Murray combined to finish in 1:24.84, breaking the previous ACC record by more than a second.
Virginia Tech and North Carolina earned the other two podium spots. Zach McGinnis, Nathan Hoisington, Greg Mahon and anchor Joseph Bonk earned silver with a time of 1:25.60. Coming in third was North Carolina (1:26.19), with Nic Graesser, Kurt Wohlrab, Sam Lewis, and Kyle Ficker earning 32 points for the Tar Heels. The top three teams in the race all recorded NCAA automatic qualifying times and set new school records.
The Virginia Cavaliers won gold in the 800 free relay for the 14th straight year in Wednesday's second event. Nick Alexiou, Tom Barrett, David Ingraham, and Parker Camp won with a time of 6:20.26. North Carolina touched in 6:22.47, good for silver and a new school record, as both squads posted automatic qualifying marks. NC State caught Virginia in the final leg and finished ahead of the Cavaliers, but was disqualified for entering the pool during competition.
Both winning teams earned 2013 All-ACC honors with their victories.
The championship continues Thursday with the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and 50 freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200 freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m.
Live coverage of the finals on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. For more on the 2013 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships, head to the official website at http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps.