Virginia Takes Commanding Lead After Day Three
ATLANTA The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team will enter the last day of the 2008 Atlantic Coast Championships with a comfortable 182-point lead over second-place North Carolina (377), after day two came to a close Friday in Atlanta. The Cavaliers finished in the top three in six of the seven events on the day.
The first-year class has been instrumental thus far, as rookie Matt McLean had another outstanding performance, breaking the ACC conference and meet records with a time of 1:34.54 in the 200 free.
“They performed really well,” Head coach Mark Bernardino said. “We want to place ourselves in position to make the final push tomorrow.”
The Cavaliers capped off the day with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay. Bryan Stahl, PJ Sullivan, Lee Robertson, and McLean teamed up to take first place and an B’ time of 3:12.49.
Putting more points on the board in the 200 free, Scot Robison (1:36.31), John Azar (1:36.65) and Taylor Smith (1:37.67) placed third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. All times were NCAA B’ standards.
First-year Ian Vogt placed second in the 400 IM with an NCAA B’ time of 3:49.59. Darren Ankosko (3:54.13) was behind him, placing fifth and also posting an NCAA provisional time.
Virginia displayed incredible depth in the 100 fly, with four swimmers placing in the top eight. Pat Reams finished second, touching at 47.37. Lee Robertson (47.47) took third while Eric Olesen was fourth with a time of 47.57 and Tony Colella (48.29) placed seventh. All times met the NCAA B’ mark.
Sullivan also had a solid performance, placing second in the 100 breast. He touched at 54.28, making the NCAA B’ cut.
Stahl (48.48), Olesen (48.72), and Bjorn Falk (48.86) placed third, fourth, and sixth in the 100 back. Stahl and Olesen posted NCAA B’ times.
The meet concludes Saturday with finals scheduled in the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. with the finals at 7 p.m. Live footage of the finals can be viewed at www.accselect.com.
Friday’s Final Results
400-yard Individual Medley
1st – Tyler Harris, North Carolina (+3:47.36)
2nd – Ian Vogt, Virginia (^3:49.59)
3rd – Andy Brake, North Carolina (^3:51.60)
1st – Scott Beard, Virginia Tech (^47.35)
2nd – Pat Reams, Virginia (^47.37)
3rd – Lee Robertson, Virginia (^47.47)
1st – Matthew McLean, Virginia (*!+1:34.54)
2nd – Noah Copeland, Georgia Tech (^1:35.94)
3rd – Scot Robison, Virginia (^1:36.31)
1st – Mickey Malul, Georgia Tech (^53.91)
2nd – PJ Sullivan, Virginia (^54.28)
3rd – Andy Miller, Georgia Tech (^54.81)
1st – Tommy Wyher, North Carolina (^48.27)
2nd – Scott Beard, Virginia Tech (^48.43)
3rd – Bryan Stahl, Virginia (^48.48)
1st – Terry Horner, Florida State (399.35 points)
2nd – Dan Frebel, Florida State (384.55 points)
3rd – Ryan Funderburk, North Carolina (366.00 points)
400-yard Medley Relay
1st – Virginia (^3:12.49 – Bryan Stahl, PJ Sullivan, Lee Robertson, Matthew McLean)
2nd – Georgia Tech (^3:14.25 – Johnny Hagaman, Mickey Malul, Onur Uras, Noah Copeland)
3rd – Clemson (^3:16.22 – Tom Recko, Andy Bergren, Stephen Russell, Adam Farnham)
+Denotes NCAA “A” mark
^Denotes NCAA “B” mark
* Denotes Conference record
! Denotes ACC Meet record
# Denotes Georgia Tech Aquatic Center record