Feb. 22, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s swimming and diving team jumped out to an early lead Thursday (February 22) after the first day of competition at the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cavaliers won three of six events in the first of three days of competition at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Virginia is currently in first place in the team event with 256.5 points. North Carolina is in second with 211, while Florida State is in third (142.5). North Carolina State is in fourth place heading in to the second day of competition with 123 points, and Maryland is in fifth (110). Clemson (104), Georgia Tech (96) and Duke (49) round out the team scoring.
In the first event of the evening, host Virginia captured the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:20.20. The Cavaliers came from behind to edge out Florida State (1:20.61) for the victory. North Carolina finished third in a time of 1:20.82.
Virginia also won the second event, the 500-yard freestyle. UVa freshman Ian Prichard shattered the ACC meet, conference, UVa school and pool records with a time of 4:16.32. Prichard, who also automatically qualified the the NCAA Championships, broke his own ACC meet and UVa pool records, which he had set in Thursday’s (Feb. 22) preliminaries with a time of 4:18.24. North Carolina’s Yuri Suguiyama finished in second place with a time of 4:22.26, while Virginia’s Jamie Grimes touched third in 4:23.27.
In the 200-yard individual medley, the night’s third event, Clemson’s Matt Wilson out-touched North Carolina’s Chris Helin for the ACC title. Wilson swam a time of 1:48.10, while Helin finished in 1:48.15. Virginia’s Guy Yimsomruay, who had the top preliminary time, finished third with a time of 1:48.26.
The night’s fourth event, the 50-yard freestyle, saw Florida State’s Greg Main-Baillie win in 20 seconds flat. Virginia’s Luke Anderson won an extremely close three-way battle for second place, finishing in 20.10, which was slightly faster than North Carolina State’s Braden Holloway, who swam a 20.11. Fourth place finisher Kevin Erndl from North Carolina narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing just behind Holloway in 20.12.
Florida State freshman Josh Edelman won the one-meter diving competition with 283 points, outdistancing himself from the nearest competitor by almost 23 points. Craig Thomas from Clemson finished second, while Stephen Krebs from North Carolina finished third.
The Cavaliers won the final event of the evening as they came from behind yet again to out-touch Florida State in the 400 medley relay. Troy Johnson pulled the Cavaliers from third at the start of the final leg to the first place finish. The Tar Heels of North Carolina rounded out the medals with a third-place finish.