NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Saturday, March 27

March 28, 2010

UVa’s 800 Free Relay Takes Fourth at NCAA Championships 

Virginia’s 800 freestyle relay team finished in fourth place as the second night of finals was held Saturday at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Junior Scot Robison also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, repeating as an All-American in the event. The meet, which runs through Sunday, is being held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Ohio State’s campus.

Through 14 events, Virginia holds eighth place with 100 points. California currently leads the meet (348.5) followed by Texas (330) and Arizona (269).

The 800 freestyle relay team of Matt McLean, John Azar, Robison and Taylor Smith claimed fourth-place honors with a time of 6:18.99. It marked the third consecutive year UVa’s 800 free relay team has earned All-America accolades, finishing in the top-8.

Robison’s fourth-place finish was the highest of his career at the NCAA meet after he clocked a time of 1:33.50. He placed fifth overall in the 200 free as a sophomore in 2009 and was 26th in the event as a freshman in 2008.

The 200 medley relay team of Eric Olesen, Tom Casey, Peter Geissinger and Azar earned honorable mention All-America honors with their 16th-place finish. The Cavalier quartet finished in 1:27.82.

Carolina Men's Swimmers Move Into 15th Place At NCAA Championships

Juniors Tommy Wyher and Tyler Harris both earned first-team All-America honors Saturday night as the University of North Carolina men's swimming and diving team moved into 15th place at the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Wyher pulled off a double Friday night, swimming in two events, while Harris became a first-team All-America in the 400 IM after being an honorable mention selection in both his freshman and sophomore years. UNC's 800-yard freestyle relay team also earned a 12th place finish with all four swimmers on the relay earning honorable mention All-America honors.

The Tar Heels are in 15th place overall after the second day of competition with 47.5 points. "It is great to be back in contention for a Top 20 or even a Top 15 finish at the NCAA Championships," said DeSelm. "We have not been in the Top 15 since 1996. We have some great scoring opportunities tomorrow and our whole team is looking forward to the challenge."

Harris began the night with an eighth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, going 3:46.46. Harris had qualified in 3:43.81 with his afternoon swim, a time which missed his school record by just 29 one-hundredths of a second.

FSU Divers Continue to Score at NCAA's

The 2010 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships continued Saturday, March 27 on the campus of The Ohio State University. All five of Florida State’s athletes competed with diver Terry Horner putting up the Seminole’s best performance of the day in the three-meter dive.

In the three-meter dive preliminaries Horner turned in the best dive of the event on his way to a second place finish. The senior earned 102.60 points for his forward 4 1/2 somersault tuck and 451.75 points overall in the preliminaries. In the finals the Orlando, Florida native fell to fifth place among stiff competition with a score of 439.50, earning Florida State 14 points.

Junior Landon Marzullo also competed in the three-meter dive Saturday. In the preliminary rounds Marzullo finished 14th with a score of 383.35, with his best score of 79.05 coming on a forward 3 ½ somersault pike. In the consolation final Marzullo finished 7th and15th overall with a score of 383.60, earning the Seminoles 2 team points.

Nevo an All-American in 400-IM at NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships

Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo notched All-American honors for the second straight night at the 2010 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio Saturday. The senior from Kibbutz Hamadia, Israel finished second overall (for the second straight season) in the 400-IM to earn the honor.

In preliminaries, Nevo hit the wall in 3:41.93 to enter the finals with the third best time overall. In the finals, he moved up a spot to second with a time of 3:40.68, which was two seconds short of his career-best and school record time of 3:38.00.

Ross Honorable Mention All-America on 3-Meter Board

University of Miami male diver Reuben Ross officially participated in his final 3-meter event, and the last event of his Miami career, on Saturday evening, taking second place (447.20 pts.) in the consolation finals and earning Honorable Mention All-America honors on the 3-meter springboard at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. This year's championships are taking place at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University.

A day after accepting his seventh career All-American honor at UM, and finishing fifth in his last 1-meter springboard event, Ross failed to advance to the finals of the 3-meter springboard for the first time in his Miami career. However, he did collect a second place finish in the consolation finals.

The Regina, Saskatchewan (Canada) native, and 2008 NCAA Champion, stepped onto the 3-meter springboard for the last time in his storied UM career Saturday evening, participating in his last official event as a Miami Hurricane.

Virginia Tech finishes day two of NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Charlie Higgins competed in the 100 backstroke and Mikey McDonald and Logan Shinhoser contended in the three-meter event on Saturday in day two of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State.

Higgins, competing in his first event of the championships, finished 25th in the 100 backstroke with a preliminary finish of 47.65.

Shinholser and McDonald took 25th and 26th, respectively, in the three-meter event. Shinholser scored 312.30 points, while McDonald finished with 306.45 points.