Virginia Captures Sixth Straight ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship
Feb. 28, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers won the 2004 ACC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday evening in the Aquatic and Fitness Center on the grounds of the University of Virginia. This is the sixth straight championship title for the Cavaliers.
Virginia finished the meet with 848.50 points achieving their third highest point total at an ACC Championship meet. The Florida State Seminoles finished in second place for the second straight year accumulating 537 points. North Carolina finished in third with 507 points, Clemson in fourth with 436 points, Georgia Tech in fifth with 392 points, NC State in sixth with 334.50 points, followed by Maryland in eighth (283) and Duke in ninth (123).
The evening began with the Virginia Cavaliers sweeping the top three spots in fine fashion in the 1650-yard freestyle event. All three Cavalier swimmers touched the wall to finish well below the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 15:05.87. Senior Ian Prichard won the competition for the third time in four years with a time of 14:55.13. His time in the 1650 freestyle is the fastest recorded in the ACC this season. The Cavalier's Fran Crippen established a time of 14:59.24 to finish in second, followed by freshman John Millen who placed third in a time of 15:00.47.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Clemson's Mark Henly successfully defended his title winning the event with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:43.78. The time for Henly was a personal best and was good to set the Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center pool record. UVa's Luke Wagner touched the wall in second finishing in a time of 1:43.98, good for an NCAA automatic berth. Chris Brandenberger of Maryland placed third in a time of 1:46.10 (NCAA "B").
NC State's Cullen Jones garnered his second individual title of the 2004 ACC Championship claiming victory in the 100-yard freestyle event. Jones broke the AFC pool record with a personal best time of 43.59 (NCAA "B") to finish first. In a race for second, Jon Haag of Virginia finished just ahead of Florida State's Joel Roycik by two one-hundredths of second. Haag was clocked at 44.44 (NCAA "B"), while Roycik finished the race in third with a time of 44.46 (NCAA "B").
Freshman Vanja Rogulj won the 200-yard breaststroke finishing the event with a personal best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:56.62. The Seminoles' Wickus Nienaber earned his second top two finish of the championship with a second place finish in a time of 1:59.01 (NCAA "B"). Patrick Woodruff of North Carolina rounded out the top three touching the wall in a time of 2:01.39.
Virginia's Michael Raab took first place honors in the 200-yard butterfly as he won the event in a time of 1:45.23 (NCAA "B"), setting a new AFC pool record. Josh Glasco of North Carolina placed second with an NCAA "B" consideration time of 1:46.14, while Clemson senior Rob Kummer finished in third at 1:47.58 (NCAA "B").
Senior Eric Poitras of North Carolina captured the three-meter diving competition with a total score of 538.95. Poitras becomes the first Tar Heel to win the event since Sandy Patterson back in 1962. Freshman Vitor Assuncao of NC State tallied a score of 536.20 to finish second, while UVa's Andrew Barber placed third (520.15).
The Virginia Cavaliers ended the final day of competition winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of senior Adam Kerpelman, senior Jon Haag, senior Luke Wagner and sophomore Ethan McCoy finished in a time of 2:57.75 (NCAA "B") to win the event.
Virginia's Fran Crippen was named the 2004 Most Valuable Swimmer, after winning two individual events at this year's championship. North Carolina's Eric Poitras was tabbed the 2004 Most Valuable Diver, claiming victory in the three-meter diving competition and third in the one-meter event.