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Feb. 14, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving Championships begin Wednesday, Feb. 16 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on the Georgia Tech campus. The Men’s Swimming Championship will be held one week later from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26. This marks the third year and first since 2008 that Atlanta will host the championships.
A video-stream of event finals will be available on the ACC Network on theACC.com Thursday through Saturday of each week from 7 to 9 p.m. All championship information can be found at the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-swimming-diving-championship.html. Fans may also follow the action on Facebook and Twitter (@theaccchamps).
The championships, held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, will provide an opportunity for ACC student-athletes to showcase their talent within the conference. It will also allow several of the league’s standout performers to improve upon NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times, or clock an NCAA ‘A’ qualifying time, earning a trip to the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Florida State and Virginia women’s squads finished tied atop the league standings, with both posting perfect 3-0 records in ACC dual meet action. The Seminoles registered a better overall record with a 10-1 mark, while the Cavaliers went 6-2 on the season.
Florida State is seeking its second championship under head coach Neil Harper, who is in his 12th year at the helm. The Seminoles won their first title in 2006. Virginia, winner of the last three championships, looks to claim its ninth overall under 33rd-year head coach Mark Bernardino.
North Carolina finished third in the regular season standings with a 4-1 ledger in league competition and a 7-2 mark overall. The Tar Heels have won a conference-leading 16 championships, with their last coming in 2007.
Maryland (9-2, 2-1 ACC) took fourth place in the league standings, followed by NC State (7-3, 3-3 ACC) in fifth and Clemson (4-5, 1-3 ACC) in sixth. Miami (8-1, 0-1 ACC), Georgia Tech (5-6, 0-3 ACC) and Duke (3-5, 0-4 ACC) rounded out the field. Boston College (10-12) and Virginia Tech (6-3) did not compete in an ACC dual meet this season.
Host institutions have won the ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship 10 times since 1979, including North Carolina in 2007, the last home team to accomplish the feat.
Following the championships, the top-three finishers in each event and each first-place relay team will earn All-ACC honors.