NCAA ACCtion: Duke's McCrory, Virginia's McLean Claim Individual Titles at 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

March 27, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Six Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Swimming & Diving teams finished in the top 28 at the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 24-26 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. 2011 ACC champion Virginia led all league teams with an eighth-place showing, accumulating a program-best 200 points.

The Cavaliers' finish was the team's highest in history, besting a ninth-place mark from 2009. ACC championship runner-up North Carolina registered its best finish since 1993, coming in at 14th with 97 points. Duke placed 20th with 50 points, followed by Florida State in 23rd with 32 points and Clemson in 25th with 16.5 points. Virginia Tech rounded out the league teams in 28th with 11 points.

Sophomore Nick McCrory collected his second consecutive national championship in platform diving. He scored 548.90 points in the final round, besting his own NCAA championship record of 530.45 from one year ago. McCrory, who became the program's first individual national champion last season, defeated the second place finisher by more than 69 points.

Virginia's Matt McLean

Senior Matt McLean became Virginia's fourth individual national champion, taking top honors in the 500-yard freestyle. He registered a time of 4:10.15 en route to his first career national title. McLean beat out the second place finisher by more than three seconds. His championship is the first since 2000 for the Cavalier men's squad.