Feb. 20, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia will host the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Thursday, February 22 through Saturday, February 24 at the UVa Aquatic and Fitness Center. Admission to the ACC Championship is free. Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. each day with finals commencing at 7:00 p.m.
Virginia, under the direction of 23rd-year head coach Mark Bernardino, is the two-time defending ACC Champion. The Cavaliers won the 2000 ACC title with 801 points. North Carolina was second at the 2000 ACCs with 662.5 points, while N.C. State was third with 507.5 points. Prior to UVa winning the last two ACC titles, North Carolina won six consecutive ACC Championships from 1993 to 1998).
Three ACC teams are currently ranked in the February 16 edition of Speedo America’s College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Poll. The Cavaliers lead the way with a ranking of 11th, while North Carolina is 15th. Georgia Tech rounds out the ACC’s ranked teams in the 24th spot.
The 2001 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship features four returning individual 2000 ACC champions, who won a total of five events. Virginia third-year Chris Mousetis is the only returning swimmer who won two individual titles at the 2000 ACCs. He won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:45.65, then upset teammate and two-time defending ACC champion Doak Finch by one one-hundredth of a second in winning the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:47.68.
N.C. State is the only team with two returning ACC champions. Senior Greg Solt won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.02, while senior Braden Holloway captured the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:48.24.
North Carolina sophomore Sean Quinn is the final returning ACC Champion. Quinn, the 2000 ACC Rookie of the Year, won the 200-yard breaststroke title with a time of 1:57.90.
Results for the 2001 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship will be available on the world wide web at virginiasports.com and theacc.com.