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March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (theACC.com)–
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A national title for Nick McCrory highlighted action as Atlantic Coast Conference teams completed competition on Saturday at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex.
NC State led all ACC teams at the championship with 74 points for 15th place, the best finish for the Wolfpack since 1979. Duke placed 17th with 54 points, and was followed by 20th Virginia Tech (52 points), 23rd Florida State (40), 27th Virginia (22), and 29th North Carolina (15). It marked the fourth consecutive year that six ACC teams finished in the top 30.
Duke’s McCrory was victorious in the platform, his third career national title in the event. The junior scored 471.70 in preliminaries to clinch the top qualifying spot, and followed that with 495.90 in the finals to win the title. McCrory finished the week with a national championship and two second-place finishes, and is now a nine-time All-American across the three diving disciplines.
North Carolina’s Tom Luchsinger earned his second All-America honor on the week in the 200 butterfly. The senior posted a time of 1:43.06 in preliminaries, and then finished in fifth place with a time of 1:42.95 in the finals.
Virginia’s Luke Papendick won the consolation final in the 200 backstroke to finish ninth in the event. The freshman touched the wall in 1:41.50 to garner his first career All-America accolade.
Jonathan Boffa grabbed six points for NC State in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 11th in 43.00.
Virginia Tech’s Ryan Hawkins scored 422.40 in the preliminaries to join McCrory in the platform championship final, where he finished in eighth place with 352.85 points. Teammate Logan Shinholser was ninth (457.60) and Florida State’s Tom Neubacher placed 13th (342.85) in the event.
NC State closed out the meet with 14 points in the 400 freestyle relay. The Wolfpack team of Simonas Bilis, David Williams, Matt Thomas, and Jonathan Boffa finished in 10th in 2:52.45. Florida State reached the consolation final, but was disqualified for an early take-off.
ACC teams combined for 12 All-America performances in swimming and 10 in diving at the championship. Nine relay squads from the conference also earned accolades.
All-America Honors are conferred upon those athletes who finish in the top eight of an individual or relay event at the NCAA Championship. Athletes who finish in places 9-16 in the consolation finals of individual or relay events receive Honorable Mention All-American recognition.
Men Team Rankings Through Event 21
1. Michigan 480
2. California 406.5
3. Arizona 313.5
4. Southern Cali 289
5. Texas 288
6. Florida 285.5
7. Stanford 282
8. Auburn 226.5
9. Indiana 201
10. Georgia 163
15. NC State 74
17. Duke 54
20. Virginia Tech 52
23. Florida St 40
27. Virginia 22
29. North Carolina 15