Florida State Wins Three Events on Day Two

Feb. 28, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State swimmers set two meet records and won three events, and the Virginia Cavaliers grabbed the championship lead on Thursday at the 2013 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The Cavaliers placed eight swimmers into A finals on Thursday and finished the day in first place with 256 points. Virginia Tech sits 39 points back with 217, ahead of Florida State with 205 and North Carolina with 192. NC State (133), Georgia Tech (118), Duke (91), and Boston College (70) round out the field.

For the second time in as many nights, a Florida State relay earned a spot in the record books, this time in the 200 free relay. Paul Murray, Trice Bailey, David Sanders, and Mark Weber finished in 1:17.42 to set a new ACC Championship record and defend the Seminole championship in the event last year.

Battling for second place the entire race and falling just .08 seconds short of first was NC State, comprised of Simonas Bilis, Jonathan Boffa, Matthew Thomas, and David Williams. Finishing in the next two spots were Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, as all four teams posted automatic qualifying marks.

Bradley Phillips, one of four Virginia swimmers in the 500 free final, touched the wall in 4:17.61 to mark the 15th time in the last 17 years that a Cavalier has won the event. Teammate Jan Daniec grabbed silver in 4:17.76, and Virginia Tech’s Michal Szuba, who qualified in the eighth position, moved up and took third in 4:19.03.

Florida State’s Pavel Sankovich won his first career ACC individual title in the 200 individual medley in record-setting fashion. The Belarus native posted an automatic qualifying mark of 1:43.22 to break the meet record and down North Carolina’s Tom Luchsinger (1:45.08) and Virginia Tech’s Greg Mahon (1:45.66).

Seminoles claimed the top two spots in the 50 free, the last event of the night. Senior Mark Weber touched in 19.44, ahead of teammate Paul Murray in 19.59. NC State’s Bilis earned his second medal of the night with a bronze.

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.

Live coverage of the finals on Friday and Saturday can be seen on the ACC Digital Network on theACC.com and on 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.