North Carolina's Flannery and Pesacreta Tabbed ACC Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week

Feb. 9, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina sophomore Jim Flannery and freshman  were selected as Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week for the period ending February 7, announced today. Flannery won four individual events over the weekend, while Pesacreta clocked league top-10 times in four different events.

In No. 14 North Carolina’s (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) 187-106 victory over NC State (Feb. 5), Flannery swam to first place finishes in the 100-yard (49.04) and 200-yard (1:47.54) backstrokes. Following Friday evening’s victory, the Bronxville, N.Y, native competed with the Tar Heels at the Triangle College Cup where he again won both the 100-yard (48.92) and 200-yard (1:47.49) backstrokes, hitting a national qualifying “B” cut in the 100-yard race, and clocking the fourth fastest times in the ACC this season in each event.

Marie PesacretaPesacreta touched the wall first in the 400-yard individual medley (4:16.34) in No. 15 North Carolina’s 175-118 victory over NC State. Her time, ranked second in the league this season, was good for a national qualifying “B” cut. She also helped the third-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:44.59) post the eight fastest time among the ACC’s leaders. The Chapel Hill, N.C., native competed in four events at the Triangle College Cup and clocked the league’s fastest time in 200-yard individual medley (2:00.27), winning the event and hitting another “B” cut.

One week remains on the schedule before league teams descend to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the 2010 Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships, hosted by North Carolina. Platform diving will be held at Duke University. Action from Koury Natatorium will run from February 17-20. The Men’s Swimming Championship will also be hosted by North Carolina and run from February 24-27. All championship information can be accessed at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-sd-championship.html.