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Feb. 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming Championship is set to begin Wednesday, Feb. 27, and continue through Saturday, March 2, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., marking the first time in conference history that the championship will be a held at a neutral venue.
Virginia finished the regular season with a perfect 3-0 mark in conference competition. The Cavaliers, who have won the past five ACC titles, enter the 2013 championship ranked No. 9 in the country. Head coach Mark Bernardino, who led the Virginia women to the conference title last week, is tied with North Carolina’s Frank Comfort for the most combined championships in ACC history with 26.
The Florida State (3-1) men, ranked 15th in the country, finished in fourth place last year. No. 16 North Carolina also went 3-1 against ACC foes and placed third in 2012.
The Virginia Tech Hokies (3-2-1), ranked No. 21, finished in second place last season. They fell to the Cavaliers by 32 points, the smallest winning margin in the meet since 2006. NC State (2-2-1) is ranked No. 22 and came in fifth in 2012. The Hokies and Wolfpack tied in their head-to-head meeting on Jan. 16, 150-150, just the fifth tie in ACC competition in the conference’s history and only the second in the last four decades.
A live video stream of event finals will be available on theACC.com and ESPN3 Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with Dean Linke handling play-by-play and Warren Perry providing analysis.
There is no charge for admission to the 2013 ACC Swimming & Diving Championships. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for the prelims and at 6 p.m. for the finals. Parking is available for $5 on Wednesday and $8 the remaining three days, with a weekly parking pass sold on Wednesday and Thursday for $15.
All championship information including a full event schedule and live results can be found at the official championship website, http://theacc.co/SwimDiveChamps . Fans can also get updates by following along on Twitter at #ACCMSD and @ACCSwimDive.