Beyond the ACCtion: ACC Swimming & Diving Championships

Feb. 17-26, 2010

Special correspondant Tom Sheridan keeps you updated on the action at the 2010 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. Be sure to check back for updates every day!

Men's Swimming & Diving Championship

Day 1

The men finally got a chance to get their feet wet on Day 1 of the 2010 Swimming & Diving Championships, at the Koury Natatorium on the campus of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina won the first of two relay races on the night. The win by UNC was its first in the 200 yard medley relay since 1996. With a time of 1:26.63, the Tar Heels set a new pool record. The race for second was so tight it ended in a tie between Florida State and Virginia with a time of 1:27.63.

In the second and last race of Day 1, Virginia pulled away in the 800 yard freestyle. After trailing UNC through two swimmers, UVa's Scot Robison picked up the pace and gave anchor, Matt McLean, a comfortable lead. The team time of 6:19.23 broke a pool record and got the Cavaliers within one point of the team lead. UNC finished in a time of 6:25.89 (also a pool record), with Florida State in third with a time of 6:31.60.

After one day of competition, North Carolina (74) leads Virginia (73), followed by Florida State (65). In fourth place is Virginia Tech (54) then Georgia Tech and Clemson are tied (52), followed by Duke (50), Maryland (48), NC State (22) and Boston College (18).

The action gets back underway on Thursday night with the finals in the 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard IM and 50 yard freestyle.

Day 2

On the second night of action at the 2010 ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship, Virginia regained first place after picking up wins in the 200 yard freestyle relay, as well as the 50 and 500 yard freestyle events.

In the 200 free relay, UVa's team of Scot Robison, Peter Geissinger, Eric Olesen and John Azar won a close race in a time of 1:19.07, narrowly edging North Carolina (1:19.35) and Florida State (1:19.37).

In the 50 free, UVa's Scott Robison turned in a time of 19.64 to win, edging Clemson's Eric Bruck (19.90) and fellow Cavalier teammate Peter Geissinger (19.94).

Virginia swept the medal stand in the 500 freestyle led by standout junior Matt McLean who turned in a new pool record time of 4:17.21. Following him were teammates John Snawerdt in second place (4:19.67) and Taylor Smith in third place (4:20.20).

Georgia Tech's Gal Nevo gave the Yellow Jackets their first taste of gold with a win in the 200 yard IM. Nevo's time of 1:44.14 set a new pool record. In second was North Carolina's Tyler Harris (1:45.58), third place went to Virginia's Matt Houser (1:46.45).

The men's 1 meter diving results from last week counted toward last night's total team scores, and after two days of competition, Virginia leads with 266 points. North Carolina sits in second place (221), followed by Florida State (189), Clemson (138), Virginia Tech (126), and Duke (123). Rounding out the order are Georgia Tech (108), Maryland (98), NC State (62), Boston College (36), and Miami (15) - which only competes in diving events.

Day 3

The teams were pumped and ready for action on the third night of competition at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championship.

Georgia Tech's Gal Nevo recorded the first win of the night with his second straight ACC crown in the 400 IM - with a pool record time of 3:40.47. North Carolina's Tyler Harris came in second, followed by Virginia's Matt Houser.

In the 100 yard butterfly North Carolina's Tommy Wyher won his first of two events with a record swim that broke conference, meet and pool records (45.57). Virginia's Eric Olesen finished in second place while Virginia Tech's Greg Mahon grabbed third.

Wyher picked up his second win in the 100 yard backstroke with another record swim - again breaking conference, meet and pool records (46.08). UVa's Olesen came in second again and Charlie Higgins of Virginia Tech was third.

Florida State finished one-two in the 100 yard breaststroke thanks to a first place finish by Scott Thacker and a second place by Rob Holderness. Virginia's Tom Casey finished in third.

The 200 freestyle was dominated by Virginia, as the Cavaliers swept the medal stand. Scott Robison broke conference, meet and pool marks with a record time of 1:32.45. His teammates Matt McLean and John Azar finished in second and third respectively.

In the night's final event, Virginia continued to impress in relay races with a come from behind win in the 400 medley relay. UVa's Olesen, Casey, Peter Geissinger and Robison turned in a pool record time (3:10.63) to pick up the win. North Carolina finished one second back, in runner up position, and Florida State notched another third place finish.

On Day 3, the men's 3 meter diving results from the previous week were added to the team totals. The current scores reflect that addition. Virginia leads the team standings with 554.5 points, followed by the Tar Heels in second place (449.5), third place Florida State (421), fourth place Virginia Tech (297.5), fifth place Duke (243.5), sixth place Georgia Tech (239), seventh place Clemson (189), eighth place Maryland (142), ninth place NC State (115), tenth place Boston College (53), and Miami (31) - which only competes in diving events.

Day 4

On the fourth and final day of competition, Virginia captured its third straight ACC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship in impressive fashion by racking up 806 points. North Carolina finished in second with 656.5 points and Florida State ended in third place with 566.5 points.

Virginia's Scot Robison was named the Most Valuable Swimmer of the championship after winning three individual events - 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. North Carolina's Tommy Wyher was going for his third individual title of the meet after winning the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, but came up just short in the night's second race when he finished behind Florida State's Andy Hodgson in the 200 breaststroke. Virginia's Daniel Johnson finished in third place.

In the night's first race, North Carolina's Chip Peterson took first place in the 1650 freestyle in a time of 14:49.36, followed by teammate Joe Kinderwater in second and Virginia's Matt McLean in third.

Florida State's Rob Holderness picked up the win in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 1:55.41, followed by North Carolina's Tyler Harris in second and Virginia's John Azar in third.

In the 200 butterfly, Georgia Tech's Gal Nevo set a new ACC meet record with a time of 1:43.43. North Carolina's Tom Luchsinger came in second, followed by Virginia's Matt Houser.

Virginia continued to dominate the relay races by winning the 400 freestyle relay - the meets final event. The Cavaliers set a new pool record with a time of 2:52.11. North Carolina finished in second while Duke's relay squad got its first taste of the medal stand in third place.

After the awards were handed out the teams and coaches circled the pool and congratulated each other with high-fives and handshakes, then the Virginia men celebrated with one last jump into the pool at Koury Natatorium.

ACC Championship Men's Final Rankings
1 Virginia 806
2 North Carolina 656.5
3 Florida State 566.5
4 Virginia Tech 417.5
5 Georgia Tech 308.5
6 Duke 305
7 Clemson 254
8 Maryland 197
9 NC State 169
10 Boston College 67
11 Miami 31

Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championship

Day 1

On the first day of the 2010 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships, Virginia performed as expected and set conference records in both the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relay races.

The Cavaliers posted ACC record times of 1:37.33 in the 200-yard medley and 7:04.74 in the 800-yard freestyle.

Virginia's win in the 800-yard freestyle seemed in jeopardy due to a disqualification call, but after further review the DQ was overturned and the record swim stood for UVa. Virginia Tech broke a school record, finishing in second place.

After two races, Virginia leads the standings with 80 points, followed by North Carolina (64) in second, Maryland (60) and Florida State (60) in third, Virginia Tech (56) in fifth, and Clemson (54), NC State (46), Georgia Tech (44), Duke (44), Miami (28), and Boston College (12).

The four-day championship continues tomorrow with the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard freestyle preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals in those events, along with the 200-yard freestyle relay, will begin at 7 p.m. The men's three-meter and women's one-meter diving preliminaries begin at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively, with finals starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Day 2

Virginia continued to impress at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championships after turning in a record-breaking performance in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.25.

In individual action Virginia Tech's Erika Hajnal won the women's 500 yard freestyle, Virginia's Amanda Faulkner swam to victory in the 200 yard IM, Virginia's Lauren Perdue captured the title in the 50 yard freestyle and in diving Duke's Abby Johnston was victorious. In the men's 3 meter diving final Florida State's Terry Horner captured this year's crown.

After two days of action, Virginia holds the top spot with 300 points, followed by North Carolina with 225 points. After sitting in a tie for third place with Maryland after the first day of competition, Florida State sits alone in third place with 202 points. Virginia Tech jumped one slot from fifth place to fourth place (144.5), while Maryland fell to fifth place (133). NC State (108) and Duke (106) each moved up one slot to sixth and seventh, respectively, while Clemson fell to eighth place (89). Georgia Tech (70), Miami 46.5), and Boston College (24) round out the standings through day two of competition.

The four-day championship continues tomorrow--Friday, February 19--with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals starting at 7 p.m. The men's three-meter diving finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Day 3

With only two more days of action left at the 2010 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships the swimmers kicked it up a notch, breaking a number of pool records at the Koury Natatorium.

In the women's 400 yard IM, North Carolina's Laura Moriarty set ACC meet, conference and pool records. Moriarty's swim, that broke a Koury Natatorium pool record, broke a mark set by 4-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Janet Evans set in 1989.

Virginia's Lauren Smart set a pool record with a win in the women's 100 yard butterfly (52.76) while her teammate Lauren Perdue broke ACC meet and pool records in the women's 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.98. In the women's 100 yard breaststroke, North Carolina's Laura Moriarty won with a time of 1:00.93, Virginia's Mei Christensen set a pool record by winning the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 52.09. In relay action Virginia continued to dominate by putting in an impressive performance in the women's 400 yard medley relay with a time of 3:32.97 - an ACC meet and pool record.

In diving, Duke's Abby Johnston made it a clean sweep with a win in both the 1 and 3 meters. Her score in the finals of the 3 meter diving contest (439.70) broke conference, meet and pool records. On the men's side Duke freshman Nick McCrory turned in an eye-popping score of 499.95. That set new conference, meet and pool records.

After day three of the championship, Virginia maintained its lead atop the team standings with 601 points. North Carolina stands in second with 443 points, and is followed by Florida State (363), Virginia Tech (266.5), and Maryland (253). Duke (193) moved to sixth place after standing in seventh after day two, while NC State (181) stands in seventh. Clemson (133.5), Georgia Tech (115.5), Miami (72.5), and Boston College (36) round out the order.

Day 4

Befrore the action in the pool even got started, the near capacity crowd at Koury Natatorium got the swimmers pumped up by singing and dancing to Sister Sledge's seventies dance hit "We Are Family."

When it was all said-and-done, Virginia closed out the final day of competition at the ACC Swimming & Diving Championship by winning its third straight title. In a close race, Virginia freshman Lauren Perdue edged North Carolina's Laura Moriarty for the Most Valuable Swimmer Award. In diving, Duke captured both the men's and women's Most Valuable Diver awards when freshman Nick McCrory and sophomore Abby Johnston were voted unanimous selections.

The meet's final night of action started off with a marathon swim that saw Virginia Tech sophomore Erika Hajnal outlast last year's winner from Duke, Ashley Twichell, in the women's 1650 yard freestyle. In the back-and-forth mile race, the distance between the two proved to be less than one second. Hajanl finished with a time of 16:01.99 while Twichell narrowly missed winning back-to-back ACC titles with a swim of 16:02.48.

In the 200 yard backstroke, Virginia's Mei Christensen broke a pool record with a time of 1:52.98, then watched her teammate - and this year's Most Valuable Swimmer Lauren Perdue - set a new pool record in the women's 100 yard freestyle.

The 200 yard breastroke ended in a tie for first place. North Carolina's Laura Moriarty and Virginia's Christine Olson put in identical times of 2:09.94 to give each a share of the gold. In the 200 yard butterfly, Virginia juniors Liz Shaw and Claire Crippen finished in first and second place respectively, with Maryland's Jen Vogel a close third.

The action stopped for a few minutes while swimmers and divers from all of the teams gathered around the video scoreboard to watch a highlight video from the men's and women's platform diving competition that took place earlier in the day at Duke. In the women's competition, NC State dominated the medal stand with a first place finish by freshman Hannah Hopkins, and a third place finish by Kirstyn Shepler. Finishing in second was Florida State senior Aleia Monden.

In men's platform diving, Duke freshman Nick McCrory capped off his historic weekend by smashing conference and ACC meet records. McCrory's 523.95 points bested the old conference mark of 452.75, and ACC meet mark of 434.50. The men's and women's divers were awarded their medals in front of the crowd in Chapel Hill on Saturday night.

When the break was over Virginia put in a dominant performance in the meet's last race to close out an exciting four days. Mei Christensen, Kelly Flynn, Kristen Moores and Lauren Perdue finished in a time of 3:15.24, setting a new pool record and narrowly missing the conference and ACC meet mark of 3:15.22. Maryland edged Virginia Tech for second, while both also came in under the former pool record.

In a great show of sportsmanship, and before everyone headed for home, all the swimmers, divers and coaches circled around the main pool to give each other high-fives after an intense four days of competition, then Virginia celebrated with a song for their fans and a last dip into the pool.

The men's 2010 Swimming & Diving championship will get underway next Wednesday so check back then for more daily coverage.

ACC Championship Women's Final Rankings
    Team Points
1. Virginia 877.5
2. North Carolina 642.5
3. Florida State 545
4. Maryland 388
5. Virginia Tech 385.5
6. Duke 283
7. NC State 271
8. Clemson 177.5
9. Georgia Tech 155.5
10. Miami 94.5
11. Boston College 48