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Feb. 15, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving and Men’s Diving Championships, hosted by the University of North Carolina, will begin Wednesday, February 17 and continue through Saturday, February 20. The men’s swimming championship will follow a week later from Wednesday, February 24 through Saturday, February 27. Additionally, Duke University will hold platform diving events.
Six evenings of championship finals will be video-streamed on theACC.com each Thursday-Saturday of the respective championships from 7-9 p.m. All championship information can be found at the official championship website: http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-sd-championship.html.
The championships, held at North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium, will not only be a four-day event in which ACC student-athletes can showcase their talent within the conference, but will also allow several of the league’s standout performers to improve upon national “B” cut qualifying times, or clock a national “A” cut qualifying time, punching their ticket to the 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Virginia women, seeking their eighth league championship, claimed at least a share of the school’s eighth regular-season title in 2009-10—posting a perfect 4-0 record in ACC dual meets and the best overall record with a 9-1 slate—under 32nd-year head coach Mark Bernardino.
North Carolina, hosting its 12th women’s championship and 22nd men’s championship, will be looking for its 17th league title in women’s action, the most of any ACC school, and its first under third-year head coach Rich DeSelm. The Tar Heel women finished the regular season in second place with 6-1 ACC and 9-2 overall dual meet records.
Maryland (3-1) and Virginia Tech (4-2) followed the Cavaliers and Tar Heels in third and fourth place, respectively, and matched each other for a league-best 10 overall dual meet wins over the 2009-10 campaign. NC State (3-2) and Florida State (3-2) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, and were followed by Duke (3-5), Clemson (2-4), Georgia Tech (1-6), and Miami (0-6). Boston College was the only league school without an ACC dual meet on its schedule.
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.