NCAA Swimming & Diving ACCtion: Men Finish Competition

March 26, 2012

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Four ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving teams finished in the top 20 at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, held March 22-24 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. ACC swimmers concluded the three-day meet with 20 individual and nine relay All-America finishes.

North Carolina led all ACC teams with 74.5 points and a 14th-place finish, the third straight top-15 effort for the Tar Heels. ACC champion Virginia came in 15th with 65 points for its fifth consecutive top-15 showing. Florida State scored 61 points for 16th place, the highest finish for the Seminoles since 1999. ACC runner-up Virginia Tech came in 18th with 55 points and was followed by Duke (29th, 13 points) and Clemson (30th, 12.5 points).

Virginia Tech junior Logan Shinholser, who was named the Most Valuable Diver at the ACC Championships, earned All-America honors in all three diving events at the NCAA Championships. The Burtonsville, Md., native finished seventh in the 1-meter, fifth in the 3-meter, and sixth in the platform, collecting 39 points for the Hokies. Teammate Ryan Hawkins scored 377.25 in the finals to come in seventh.

North Carolina’s Steve Cebertowicz left Washington with six All-America honors. Cebertowicz, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis., came in sixth in the 50-yard and 100-yard yard freestyle. He also swam on four Tar Heel relay teams (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 400 medley) that finished in the top 16 and combined to earn 36 points.

Other ACC swimmers to earn All-America honors included Clemson’s Eric Bruck, who tied Cebertowicz in the 50-yard freestyle in sixth place, and Duke senior Benjamin Tuben, who touched the wall in eighth in the 100-yard butterfly. Virginia’s David Karasek earned All-America honors in the 200-yard freestyle in seventh place, and Mateo De Angulo’s seventh-place showing in the 1650-yard freestyle claimed All-America recognition for the Florida State senior.

Two ACC relay teams finished in the top eight in their events. Virginia’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Peter Geissinger, David Karasek, Parker Camp, and Thomas Barrett earned 30 points in fourth place. Florida State’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Paul Murray, Zachary Bailey, David Sanders, and Mark Weber came in seventh and became the first Seminole team to qualify for the finals of the event since 1998.