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Feb. 21, 2007

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team is tied for first place at the 2007 ACC Championship Meet after Wednesday’s competition at Koury Natatorium on the campus of North Carolina. The Cavaliers have 74 points over after the first day of four-day meet, and are tied with Florida State.

In the first relay of the opening night, the Cavaliers won the race in a meet record 6:27.08. The team of Pat Mellors (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Rich Hutton (Leicestershire, U.K.), Stefan Hirniak (Highland Park, N.J.), and John Millen (Lilburn, Ga.) gave Virginia its eighth consecutive win in the event. Their time was also a NCAA `B-cut’ mark.

In the other relay of the opening night, the Cavaliers finished second in the 200 medley relay. The team of Bryan Stahl (Woodlands, Texas), Vanja Rogulj (Zagreb, Croatia), Lee Robertson (Waynesboro, Va.) and Greg Imboden (Chattanooga, Tenn.) swam a `B-cut’ time of 1:27.91, and were edged by two-tenths of a second by the Seminoles.

The standings do not yet include the diving results, which took place last week during the women’s ACC Championships. The Cavaliers did not score any points during the two diving events.

The meet is being broadcast online by ACC Select. The finals of each day of competition will be aired. The meet will run through Saturday in Chapel Hill with preliminaries beginning each day at 11 a.m. and the finals at 7 p.m.

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