NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Sunday, March 28

March 28, 2010


Duke's McCrory Brings Home NCAA Platform Diving Title

Columbus, OHIO - Nick McCrory capped off his weekend at the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships with a national title in platform diving adding to his second and fourth-place finishes in three-meter and one-meter diving. His performance was good enough to shatter the previously-standing NCAA championship meet record. The individual national title is the first in Duke swimming and diving program history.

McCrory ended up winning the championship by 64.50 points and almost had the title in hand before even climbing up the ladder for his final dive; the next closest finisher was freshman Riley McCormick of Arizona State University with 469.50 points. McCrory finished with a total of 534.00 points, establishing a new NCAA championship meet record.

Cavaliers Finish 10th at NCAA Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Virginia men's swimming team finished in 10th place at the 2010 NCAA Championships, which wrapped up Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. It marks the first time the men's program has recorded back-to-back top-10 finishes at the NCAA meet.

"It is very important to be consistent," Virginia head coach Mark Bernardino said. "In order to move forward, you have to be consistent, and for that, it was a very positive outcome."

The Cavaliers finished with 123 points. Texas won the national title with 500 points; California was second (469.5) and Arizona placed third (387).

It was the second consecutive year the Virginia men have tallied with a top-10 finish at the NCAA meet. The squad placed ninth, the best in school history, in 2009. It also was the third top-10 finish for the program; the 2003 Cavaliers also finished 10th.

Virginia concluded the NCAA Championships with eight national accolades, including all five relays. Three of those relays - the 800 free, 400 medley and 200 free - were All-America honorees with top-8 finishes.

Tar Heel Men's Swimmers Earn Highest NCAA Finish Since 1996

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The North Carolina men's swimming and diving team earned its highest finish in NCAA competition since 1996 Sunday night as the Tar Heels finished 15th in the 2010 NCAA Division I Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. All nine Tar Heels who competed in the meet earned either first-team or honorable mention All-America honors.

Carolina finished with 76.5 points to claim 15th in the field. The last time UNC finished as high as 15th was 1996 when they were also in the same spot. Three Tar Heels -- juniors Tommy Wyher, Joe Kinderwater and Tyler Harris - claimed first-team All-America honors while the other six swimmers in the meet for UNC were named honorable mention All-Americas. That group included redshirt junior Chip Peterson, freshman Tom Luchsinger and sophomores Steve Cebertowicz, Evan Reed, Wil Singley and Brad Hamilton.

"It's a culmination of a terrific year," said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. "We started with some challenges but fought through them. I'm very proud of our coaching and our swimmers and divers. A 15th place finish, the best UNC's had since 1996, and one of our best finishes in the modern era, is a result of a lot of hard work and some terrific athletes. In the past four years we've been 27th, 29th, 26th and now 15th at NCAAs so the momentum were building is terrific."

Florida State's Holderness Sets New School Record at Nationals

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships concluded Sunday, March 28 on the campus of The Ohio State University. Junior Rob Holderness led the Seminoles on the final day of the meet with his school record-breaking performance in the 200 breast.

Rob Holderness reset the Florida State 200 breast record twice on Sunday. In the prelims his record time of 1:54.72 was just two hundredths of a second shy of qualifying for the top final as he finished in ninth place, qualifying for the consolation final. Holderness then went on to win the consolation final with another record setting time of 1:54.56, earning the Seminoles nine team points.

Andy Hodgson competed in his final event as a Seminole on Sunday. In the prelims of the 200 back the senior earned a 15th place finish with a time of 1:42.45 to qualify for the consolation final. Hodgson finished 3rd in the consolation final and 11th overall with a time of 1:42.27, to give Florida State six team points.

Junior Ian Rowe earned his highest NCAA finish in his third, and final event of the meet, the 1650 free. The Towson, Maryland native secured a 17th places finish with a time of 15:01.98.

Georgia Tech's Nevo 10th in 200-Fly on Final Night of NCAA Men's Swimming Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo earned honorable mention honors in the 200-fly on the final night of the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships Sunday at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State Campus. Nevo finished 10th overall in the event to earn the honor.

"It was a fun weekend," Nevo said. "I really wanted to win the 400-IM and it was tough to not take it. But, to finish in the same position for the second straight year is great. Also, breaking a school record tonight in the 200-fly was a pretty amazing thing to do."

"It's a great way for Gal to end his career here at Tech with a school record," swimming head coach Courtney Shealy Hart said. "We couldn't be more pleased with his performance this weekend."

H2Okies Close Season at NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Charlie Higgins broke his own school record in the preliminary round of the 200 backstroke to highlight the Virginia Tech H2Okies on the final day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships on Sunday.

Higgins, after competing in the 100 back yesterday, posted a season-best and personal-best time of 1:43.72 in the 200 backstroke event, bettering his school-record mark of 1:43.85, which he set in 2009.

Mikey McDonald and Logan Shinholser closed out the diving events with respective 24th- and 25th-place finishes in the platform event. McDonald finished with a score of 267.60, while Shinholsers' final score was 245.05.

Virginia Men Compete in Prelims on Day Three of NCAAs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Virginia's 400 freestyle relay team and junior Scot Robison earned spots in the consolation finals tonight as day three of the NCAA Championships continued Sunday.

Preliminaries were held in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. A timed final of the 1650 free will begin at approximately 5 p.m. this afternoon. The meet, which concludes tonight, is being held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Ohio State's campus.

"We have three milers in that race, so we have opportunities there," Bernardino said. "We are a little disappointed with this morning's performance because we really felt like this relay had an opportunity to go top-8 and we just didn't go as fast as we needed to go."