2010 ACC Men's Swimming Championship to Begin Wednesday in Chapel Hill

Feb. 22, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Following nearly a week of action at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., the University of North Carolina will host the 2010 ACC Men's Swimming Championship at Koury Natatorium from Wednesday-Saturday, February 24-27. Live coverage will be available beginning at 7 p.m. via theACC.com on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Virginia posted a perfect 4-0 record in ACC dual meets (9-1 overall), claiming the regular season crown ahead of North Carolina, which finished 6-1 in league competition, but posted the best overall record (10-1) in the conference. Florida State (3-1), NC State (3-2), and Virginia Tech (2-3) rounded out the top half of the standings, while Georgia Tech (2-4), Duke (2-5), Clemson (1-4), and Maryland (0-3) completed the 2009-10 regular-season standings. Boston College did not schedule a league dual meet, but finished with a 9-5 overall record.

The Cavaliers have won two consecutive ACC men's swimming & diving championships, nine of the last 11, and 12 titles overall, all of which have come under the guidance of 32nd-year head coach Mark Bernardino. The Tar Heels of head coach Rich DeSelm will be looking for at least a share of their 18th league crown, while Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech are each looking for their first conference championship. NC State leads all ACC foes with at least a share of 24 ACC titles.

The University of North Carolina campus will play host to its 22nd ACC men's swimming championship at Koury Natatorium. Host institutions have claimed 22 league crowns since 1954, including Virginia in 2004, the last team to accomplish the feat.

The league swimming & diving student athletes will not only be competing for a team championship, but will also be in search of improving their cut times to qualifying for the 2010 NCAA swimming & diving championships.

At least week's women's swimming & diving and men's diving championships, eight championship records were set, while six overall league marks fell. Virginia claimed the team title (877.5), and was followed by North Carolina (642.5), Florida State (545), Maryland (388), and Virginia Tech (385.5). Duke placed sixth (283), while NC State (271), Clemson (177.5), Georgia Tech (155.5), Miami (94.5), and Boston College (48) rounded out the order.

Live coverage on Thursday will be video-streamed by theACC.com beginning at 7 p.m. Patrick Kinas and former North Carolina swimming & diving coach Frank Comfort have the call. Additionally, live results will be available on the Official Championship Website.